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    My first pickelhaube restoration

    Thanks guys for the nice comments. Brian I am not sure what type of spine I should be looking for. Should it it have the ventilation slide and what should the attachment end look like (were it slides under the cruciform spike base)? Any reference pictures would be much appreciated. At last I...
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    My second pickelhaube restoration (1917)

    And here is the finished helmet... Not perfect and not all original but I like it. The hunt is on for the next project... Cheers Drew
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    My second pickelhaube restoration (1917)

    Another couple of weeks later, the finish is as close as I'm going to get. New eyelets fitted and finally found a spike. More updates to follow. Cheers Drew
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    My second pickelhaube restoration (1917)

    OK fast forward a few weeks and many coats of shellac, rubbed down between coats. Can anyone identify the makers mark? More progress soon. Regards Drew
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    My second pickelhaube restoration (1917)

    Thanks guys Here is an update with the holes plugged, all this damage is going to take quite a few coats of shellac to sort out. Cheers Drew
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    My second pickelhaube restoration (1917)

    Hi Here is my next project a 1917 marked helmet with original (steel) M91 posts and brass visor trim. Just like my first project this has been used as a fireman helmet at some point in it's life. The hunt is on to find the correct steel fittings. Regards Drew
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    My first pickelhaube restoration

    Hi Half way through filling in the new leather plugs and unwanted holes with shellack. Installed new M91 posts and some repro cockades. Just need to find the right length rear spine, Hessen plate and a strap. Regards Drew
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    My first pickelhaube restoration

    Hi I have finally tracked down a Hessen spike with cruciform base. I think it looks original but would appreciate your opinions. It fits perfectly to the original holes and even lines up with the imprint in the leather. Now the hunt is on for an original helmet plate with screw posts 80mm apart...
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    My first pickelhaube restoration

    Thanks Brian Here is the big question... The front round visor seems original to the helmet, so when I looked at the spike table on Tony's great Kaiser Bunker site there only seems to be one unit that had a cruciform spike with a round visor... am I correct? Hessen Mannschaften & Officer...
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    My first pickelhaube restoration

    Thanks Brian I was going to use black leather dye but felt tip sounds easier. I have some specialist leather glue, but what would you recommend? Regards Drew
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    My first pickelhaube restoration

    Thanks Wojtec, that's a great link. So I have been busy cleaning up the wartime wappen holes, I have used a very sharp punch to make leather patches from one of my wife's old leather belts (don't worry I asked her permission first). They are 3.6mm thick the same as the haube, once glued in I am...
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    another Brit

    Hi Tony and welcome from another 'new' Brit, but then my avatar might give it away. Looking forward to seeing your collection. Drew Surrey UK
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    WTB Pair of M91 brass side posts

    Thanks for the tip, I have been looking at his listings for a couple of weeks. Does anyone have his email address, as Ebay is not keen on people contacting people directly. Regards Drew
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    WTB Pair of M91 brass side posts

    Hi I am looking for a pair of M91 side posts complete with backing washers for my M1891 Pickelhaube project. Regards Drew
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    My first pickelhaube restoration

    Thanks for the comments. Here are a few pictures with all the 'fireman' additions removed. Wojtek: I also thought M1819 because there was no rectangular cut out vent hole in the rear neck guard. Is there any way to work out what wappen would be correct for this helmet (the filled in holes are...
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    My first pickelhaube restoration

    Thanks Will Here is a picture for you with my regiment marked 1918 Luger as I know you are a fan.
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    My first pickelhaube restoration

    Thanks guys for your support. Can anyone confirm my thought that this is an M1891 hauben? I have measured the original holes to try and confirm what spike and wappen might have been on this helmet. Re the 'IR' mark and a very faint hand written name has anyone had success using black light to...
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    My first pickelhaube restoration

    Here is my first Pickelhaube and my first attempt at a restoration (so please go gently with me). From what I can see so far it seems to have had three lives. First life with small holes filled in (looks like in period) would suggest a cruciform spike base (you can just make out a faint indent...
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    Hi from another Brit with the bug

    I’ve been reading all your brilliant posts over the past couple of weeks (especially the restoration section and Brian’s amazing tutorials) and trying to learn as much as I can before jumping in and buying my first Pickelhaube…. Unfortunately the bug got to me too quick, bought my first one...
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