KR2 officer helmet. Early model

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KR2 officer helmet. Early model

Post by 911car » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:50 pm

This may ring a bell for forum veterans:
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Re: KR2 officer helmet. Early model

Post by ww1czechlegion » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:24 am

Hi Bruno,

Thanks for posting it! I remember it well when it looked like this!

You did a fantastic job of cleaning it up and bringing it back to its glory! :bravo:

Best Wishes,

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Post by 911car » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:52 am

Yes! I am so grateful to Alan who found this helmet and sold it to me.
You see, Brian, it is mostly happy deals on Pickelhaubes.com...

And I insist, this is exactly the same helmet below, with the only exception of one spike basis retaining stud and black ink on the scroll.
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Post by Neil Young » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:14 am

That is absolutely beautiful. I have a 2.K. unit marked Luger, but I know that I would never be able to afford such a helmet, even if I could find one. Heck, I can't even find a front plate.
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Post by Sandmann » Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:06 pm

One of my favorite Helmet. Well done :bravo:
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Post by badener » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:04 pm

Super helmet Bruno!
It must be a Bavarian. They always smell the worst!

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Post by J.LeBrasseur » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:00 pm

Wow what a transformation!

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Post by b.loree » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:38 am

Congratulations Bruno, truly an excellent restoration on a very rare helmet!
Remember, Pillage first THEN Burn ...

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Post by Stirnpanzer » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:02 am

Great restoration ... =D>

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Re: KR2 officer helmet. Early model

Post by 911car » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:37 pm

Many thanks to all for your comments. These officer early helmets were not Ni-plated, like later models, which makes restoration considerably easier. Only bare steel to be polished (perhaps some of these were actually plated; happy to learn if some of you know...).
On this one even the liner string is original. The leather lining inside the visor has turned light brown, although a tiny amount of remaining dye confirms it used to be green in colour.

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