Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Ersatz Felt/Filz Pickelhauben

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Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by SkipperJohn » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:59 pm

Here is my latest acquisition, a Prussian Infantry Officer's Pickelhaube made of Vulkanfiber:

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This helmet is not dated but it was likely manufactured in 1914 or 1915:

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The Wappen is crisp and is a very thin stamping:

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The liner is intact; however some of the stitching has come loose in the back:

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All of the stitching on the shell is tight and untouched:

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The manufacturers stamp is still in pristine condition. It was manufactured by Depaheg Patent, a common maker of fiber helmets:

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The original gilding is still in wonderful condition:

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All-in-all I am very pleased with this wartime example.

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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by Spiker » Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:35 am

Nice helmet John , those vulkans always stay in good shape.
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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by Adler » Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:24 am

Very nice one sir!

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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by Amybellars » Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:39 am

Very nice helmet. Congrats.
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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by aicusv » Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:04 am

That is a beauty. Of all material they made the helmets out of, I think the vulkanized was the best. I have a couple in my collection and their condition is excellent. There is no shrinkage or cracking, they just hold up well.
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Post by J.LeBrasseur » Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:53 am

Very nice find John, great condition!

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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by Sandmann » Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:26 pm

Congratulations, a beautiful Helmet :bravo:
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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by woznotwos » Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:17 pm

Nice find bud
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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by b.loree » Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:09 pm

Excellent helmet! Congratulations.
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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by edwin » Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:35 pm

Nice find, congrats!

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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by kaiser » Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:03 pm

These keep there condition great cos of the vulcan fibre

Nice find

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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by b.loree » Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:57 pm

Yes, an early form of plastic, so immune from the effects of + or - humidity. They can be misshapen though by being subjected to “weight “ on them especially the visors. Once they are warped there is no way to fix them. At least in my experience.
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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by kaiser » Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:26 pm

Slowly heating and pressing onto a mould could help to reshape the helmet should it be needed
Its made of some sort plastic so it can be melted

One thing for sure is i would first try it on something else than a helmet if it would needed to be done🤔🤔🤔

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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by poniatowski » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:23 am

Super! I have its brother, but photos won't post.

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I really do need to know more about this....

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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by b.loree » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:31 pm

I tried heating with a hair dryer Jonas......failure.
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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by pickelhauben » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:10 pm

Forcing things never ends up good .
You should block it back to shape and let it set .

it takes years to deform but months to re-align.

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Re: Vulkanfiber Prussian Infantry Officer

Post by SkipperJohn » Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:37 pm

Thanks for all of the nice comments.
I am very happy with this one.

John :)

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