Prussian Custom Officer Restitch

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Prussian Custom Officer Restitch

Post by b.loree » Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:59 pm

Alan gave this to me at the SOS for front visor restitch. I have seen these but never worked on one. The before pictures:
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Obviously, the scales have lost their original front fastener.
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The piece has no kokarden which I believe it should to be complete. The stitching on the front visor is completely gone.
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Over all, the helmet is in very good condition.
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This piece has a satin lining which is in delicate condition. Unfortunately, the restitch did not help this. The helmet has very fine stitching...100+ stitch holes which means that my hand, needle and thread are passing through 100+ times and the helmet is being subjected to a lot of back and forth movement. Obviously, you try and be as careful as you can but one can not control hundred year old leather and fabric.
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The liners on all pickelhauben have to be pulled up and out of the shell in order to clean out stitch holes and restitch. The officer liner is especially problematic.
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Visor is completely loose.
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The unique "Customs" spike which appears to be a 2 piece construction with 2 diamond shaped vent holes.
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Wappen, reverse side.
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All fittings removed, you can see how fine the stitching is....a nightmare really! :( To be continued......
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