Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka

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Re: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka

Post by b.loree » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:17 am

Thanks for the comments. I actually said jokingly to Caron that it is like we were performing surgery as I was holding the “patient “ and shining a flashlight on the stitch line, while she was using tweezers to pull the thread through the holes in the shell. We were both praying that the thread did not break or pull through that thin strip of visor material. I also teased her by saying I bet you never in your life thought that one day you would be pulling waxed thread from the 1950’s through a hundred year old hat! :)
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Re: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka

Post by b.loree » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:52 pm

Some pictures of the completed Officer Tschapka. I could not solve the "wrinkle" problem but the piece still looks pretty good now that everything has been cleaned, rebuilt and restitched.
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The silk liner was stitched back in as well as the metal cypher "D". It still would be very nice if some member could provide a name which matches this cypher and corresponds to one of the 3 Regts which wore this wappen.

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Re: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka

Post by Khukri » Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:18 pm

Great job! Love Tschapki!!!!
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Re: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka

Post by USMC-EOD » Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:55 am

Outstanding work and a stunning restoration. Very impressive. :bravo:

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Re: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka

Post by b.loree » Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:32 pm

Thank you, I did what I could to solve some problems on this survivor. I always strive for perfection but this went beyond a visor restitch. :)
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Re: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka

Post by saywhat » Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:30 pm

Brian: Restored helmet arrived today and I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I am with the results. I was reluctant to originally acquire this helmet as it was so tired looking and the condition of the chinstrap made it look even worse. I found this sight and posted a few pictures and was recommended to send it to you for restoration. I am always a little reluctant to restore most things but this helmet definitely needed some work and a light cleaning. From the exterior leather, lightly cleaned metal surfaces, rebuilt chinstrap and re-sewn liner, It looks great! Yes it still has some lumps and wear spots but these add character to a fragile leather helmet that is close to 120 years old. If any of your fellow members have any thoughts on who the cypher D might be attributed to I would greatly appreciate any info. If there is no D candidate than I will assume it is likely a J and belonged to one of the two candidates a member had previously posted. Again many thanks to you and your wife!

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Re: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka

Post by b.loree » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:56 pm

Great to hear Rodney, thank you very much. :thumb up:
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