Austrian dragoner helmet 1866

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Austrian dragoner helmet 1866

Post by JiriLichy » Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:27 pm

Here is my second restoration project. It is m1850/1860 model for Austrian Dragoners and curasiers officers. I collect Stuff from 1866 austro-prussian war. This helmet comes from Trautenau where it was found in basement.

Well somebody tried to weled it which made rather damage. My first step will be to take it apart and clean the parts. Here ale the photos.
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Post by b.loree » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:15 pm

That is a very cool piece, lots of work and quite a challenge to restore it. I look forward to seeing pictures as you work on it!
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Post by kaiser » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:32 am

A trully great project ,good luck👍👍

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Re: Austrian dragoner helmet 1866

Post by Sandmann » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:34 am

Impressive Helmet. All the best for your restauration-project. Would be happy to see the progress :thumb up:
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Post by JiriLichy » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:13 am

Thank you guys, yes of course I will put the photos of my progress here! ;-) At the moment all parts are removed and I cleam the shell and the trim. It is very heavely dirty and dirt comes off very slowely. If I finish cleannig today I will post it here. Luckily the shell has no rust at all.

I have also found a man who is making repros - well he claims he continues the productin as he has the authorisation from Otto Von Habsburg (who would be curant Austrian king if the Empire would survice WWI). This man will make a the upper edge that is missing + the V-shape side support.

Now I have a question - how about the linner? Should I or Should I not put it in?

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Post by JiriLichy » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:11 am

Just in case anyone is interested to get one - here is the link. http://ungermilitarie.com/die-helme-fur-k-u-k-dragoner

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Post by JiriLichy » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:42 pm

OK, the helmet is stripped of and the shell is cleand. Noc I will clean wappen and the chin strap.
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Re: Austrian dragoner helmet 1866

Post by JiriLichy » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:08 pm

And here is the wappen before and after.
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Re: Austrian dragoner helmet 1866

Post by aicusv » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:20 pm

lookin good
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Re: Austrian dragoner helmet 1866

Post by kaiser » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:20 pm

The diffrence is already obviously, you 'r getting it in the right direction

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Post by JiriLichy » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:58 pm

Another progress, one side is cleaned. Also i played with shape od upper edge which now seems correct. Other side and lower front to come.
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Re: Austrian dragoner helmet 1866

Post by Sandmann » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:12 am

A real improvement, very good :)
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Re: Austrian dragoner helmet 1866

Post by Lars13 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:58 am

Very nice project! What did you use to clean the Wappen? I wouldn't add a liner as the liner isn't required to display the helmet; I would only add the absolute minimum of repro parts required to make the helmet look complete from the outside.

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Re: Austrian dragoner helmet 1866

Post by JiriLichy » Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:51 am

Thank you guys! :-)

Lars: i am using splecial metal cleaner liquid called Sitol. It is local Czech product and the bottle costs less than a dollar. It is quite smelly - sort of rotting eggs. I put the liquid on a dish spong and clean it with the hard side.
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I totally agree with you Lars I will only add the missing top and rest I will leave as is. I am not going to paint it or to do any thing with it. Just clean it, fix it and add the top edge.

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Re: Austrian dragoner helmet 1866

Post by edwin » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:37 pm

Nice project. Good luck!

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