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Does Anybody Else Collect Headgear Sets?

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:19 pm
by SkipperJohn
I thought of writing this post when I was adding a different post to the forum. When I find a new Pickelhaube it seems that I automatically try to find the soft cap that goes with it. I have not always been successful, and often I haven't really tried that hard. I have had some successes, over time, and I thought I would share some of them here.

Prussian Infantry M95 with private purchase Schirmmütze:

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Baden Infantry private purchase with Tellermütze. Note that the headband is very thin, about 1/3 the overall height. It's just big enough for a Kokarde:

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Bavarian 1868 Raupenhelm with private purchase Schirmmütze:

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Saxon 101st Regiment with Schirmmütze. This Schirmmütze has some damage to the upper piping and some paint missing from the Kokarde:

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Prussian Infantry Officer:

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Prussian 9th Grenadier Officer with Schirmmütze. Note the Schirmmütze is early as indicated by the thin piping:

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Oldenburg 91st Infantry Regiment. The Schirmmütze is probably 1870 as indicated by the thicker piping. The headband is 1/2 total height:

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Prussian Artillery:

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Bavarian Infantry about 1902:

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John :)

Re: Does Anybody Else Collect Headgear Sets?

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:43 am
by Lars13
Hi John,
Very nice sets. I don’t aim for sets myself, but I like the idea 😀
Regards,
Lars

Re: Does Anybody Else Collect Headgear Sets?

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:46 pm
by aicusv
Nice sets, I too don't set out to collect sets, although I have come up with some.

Re: Does Anybody Else Collect Headgear Sets?

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:02 pm
by pebceb
Now that is the coolest idea ever. Wish I could. I am getting a German postcard that shows the monument to Infanterie-Regiment "von Goeben" (2. Rheinisches) Nr. 28, which is the Regiment of the soldier who owned one of my pickelhaubes.

Re: Does Anybody Else Collect Headgear Sets?

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:47 pm
by b.loree
Excellent sets Skip! I have never gotten into sets like these but they are very cool. What I have done courtesy of a suggestion from Mr T Schnurr is to collect shoulder straps from the hauben I have from identified Regts. For example, I have dunkelblau straps to JR 115, 119, 91, 94 etc. I like the pre 1910 straps for their "colour". I also have a postcard showing members of JR 52 wearing their numbered Uberzugs which matches my green numbered JR 52 uberzug from the collection. So, there are lots of interesting pickelhaube combinations. :thumb up:

Re: Does Anybody Else Collect Headgear Sets?

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:00 pm
by Gustaf
Here is my contribution, not as great as John's, but you have to work with what you have.

Prussian Infantry circa 1917
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and Prussian Infantry circa 1918
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Re: Does Anybody Else Collect Headgear Sets?

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:53 pm
by SkipperJohn
Gustaf,
Those are great sets!!!
I have only purchased two wartime grey Mützen and they were both fake. They were well marked --- with a Sharpie!
I took one home from the gun show (where I bought it) and when I put it under black light the red band lit up the room.
I have not had good luck with these. You have a couple of excellent sets there.
My only contribution to your wartime sets is my M1916 with Saxon Schirmmütze:

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The helmet is interesting because it has a number stamped in the dome and telltale stretch marks:

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Good job with your wartime sets. They are hard to find in such great condition.

John :bravo:

Re: Does Anybody Else Collect Headgear Sets?

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:54 pm
by Francobritishcollect
I do like the idea.

I do not do it myself, unless for comparison purposes or to mixe old friends and foes on occasions...

Best

Alex