Filzhaube 1915 patten

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Filzhaube 1915 patten

Post by Steve Nick » Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:45 pm

I thought I'd share my Ersatz Filzhaube 1915 patten complete with rear spine and front visor trim and removable spike.

I've had this one for many years. I tried to focus on the 1895 pattern for enlisted ranks but picked up a few pieces to illustrate the evolution of German Army Headgear. I figured this one was about as good as it gets to show the use of felt as a substitute material.

It has no issue marks. In fact there are no marks on it anywhere with the exception of the maker’s label - C.G. Wilkie – Guben

I expect that this helmet was never issued.
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Re: Filzhaube 1915 patten

Post by Tony without Kaiser » Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:39 pm

Steve Nick wrote:
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// I tried to focus on the 1895 pattern for enlisted ranks but picked up a few pieces to illustrate the evolution of German Army Headgear.
Fine choice. Exactly what I have done as well.
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Re: Filzhaube 1915 patten

Post by ww1czechlegion » Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:54 pm

Hi Steve,

That one is a real beauty, in absolute pristine condition! Congratulations! \:D/ =D>

I'm still looking for a nice example like this one with gray metal trim on it. I have several with brass trim, but not a gray trim one yet.

Thanks for sharing it with us! :thumb up:

Best Wishes,

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Re: Filzhaube 1915 patten

Post by SkipperJohn » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:35 pm

Beautiful example!

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Post by Amybellars » Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:52 am

=D> =D> Very nice.

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Post by Zebedeus » Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:40 am

Wonderful and intouched example. Contrats
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Re: Filzhaube 1915 patten

Post by Steve Nick » Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:13 am

Thanks for your comments everyone.

The only "flaw" with this one is the little deformation in the rear visor. I've been tempted to try re-forming it. So far I've left it alone. With my luck I'd wind up making it worse.

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Post by b.loree » Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:25 pm

That is a very nice example and I wouldn’t mess with it. I have steamed these in the past and fixed depressed tops but that minor problem is not worth the risk. My opinion :) .
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Post by J.LeBrasseur » Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:00 pm

Great helmet, one on my list.

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Re: Filzhaube 1915 patten

Post by pickelhauben » Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:09 am

Nice felt and they are my favorite pickelhaubes.

I know a little about fixing them.

The rear visor is an easy fix and will not harm the helmet.
You do need a former or hat strtcher to keep the original shape.
They sell all of the time on ebay and are around $40-$60

Here is one https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Hat-St ... SwkBtebqH3

Cover your former with paper towels and place helmet on top and over the former and tighten .
Make little rolls of paper towels and stuff them between the former and rear bill until you get the right shape.
Then put it on a shelf and wait.
It took over 100 years to disfigure it may take a couple of months to get back to right.

I have a felt now that had a sunken dome and I have that helm in traction as we speak.
It has been there for about a month and I will give it another month before I check it.

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Re: Filzhaube 1915 patten

Post by Sandmann » Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:24 am

Nice Helmet, congratulations and thank you for sharing :bravo:
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Re: Filzhaube 1915 patten

Post by edwin » Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:59 am

Great helmet, excellent condition.

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