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    Mr. Potato Head Guard Pickelhaube

    No kidding.. talk about plugging into a wealth of knowledge! That's the fun part of the job, though - always learning new stuff. Now.. if only I could stop forgetting two things for every one new thing that comes in, we would have it made.
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    Mr. Potato Head Guard Pickelhaube

    We should all have our own cyphers, right?
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    Mr. Potato Head Guard Pickelhaube

    More annoying is the fact that after this gentleman passed, the collection was kept for several decades in a room where for part of the day some of the helmets were subjected to direct sunlight, and many of the Reichs cockades are very badly faded. Just a stroke of pure luck that they were not...
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    Mr. Potato Head Guard Pickelhaube

    The other thing that seems conclusive is that this eagle was always on this helmet
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    Mr. Potato Head Guard Pickelhaube

    Well... I am quite happy to be wrong! To answer your question, I dismounted the eagle and looked on the reverse. You are quite right - this was originally silver. Doesn't quite show up in the cell phone snap the same way it looks in person, but in several areas there is a lot of silver wash...
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    Mr. Potato Head Guard Pickelhaube

    Well, that is certainly encouraging!
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    Mr. Potato Head Guard Pickelhaube

    Eagle is definitely gilt finish; absolutely zero trace on the spike or base - in fact, removing the spike, the silver is even more pronounced where it was protected. Scales appear all original silver as well. I sincerely appreciate you all taking a look and sharing your thoughts. I tend to...
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    Mr. Potato Head Guard Pickelhaube

    (Client's photo)
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    Mr. Potato Head Guard Pickelhaube

    Hello Pickelhaube friends! Working on cataloging a client's collection, and as pretty as this one is, I don't like it. Out of obligation to the client, though, I thought I should seek a second opinion. I am not finding any unit for which helmet with a Guard eagle would have a fluted spike...
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    2020 Show-of-Shows: THANK YOU from the OVMS

    Well, it's over for another year. Speaking for myself, this was one of the most interesting SOS events that I have ever attended, and I have been to all but the first one. There were hiccups, of course - there will always be a few things that go haywire, but all in all, it was quite smooth...
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    SOS 2020

    There are a number of new hotels in the area as well, a "Tru" (Hilton property) popped up next to the Hampton Inn / Springhill Suites, and there is a new Holiday Inn property in the neighborhood, or so I am told. Many choices, but as Peter said - book now. I see that the OVMS website SOS hotel...
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    SOS 2019 Update

    Deleted at Jeff's request. Tony
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    SOS 2019 Update

    Deleted at Jeff's request. Tony
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    SOS Pictures 2018

    Haubians: On behalf of the OVMS, I want to sincerely thank you all for your support of the Show-of-Shows. Even those who did not attend have been helpful by sharing the facebook event, making supportive comments, and just generally adding to the excitement and positive momentum of the event...
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    SOS 2018 Hotels - Reserve asap!

    Hola Haubians: Just got off the phone with the Crowne Plaza, and have confirmed that yes, there are still a few rooms left in the OVMS block for next Show-of-Shows. However, they informed me that the $120 rate is for standard rooms, and most of those are taken. There are a few left, but many...
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    Bavarian Helmet

    Online Ron - http://www.advanceguardmilitaria.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Working away on our 'November 2017' catalog, which should open some time in mid to late January 2018; just in time to mess up SOS for Gus. ;) Should be a decent sale for WWI items; several...
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    Bavarian Helmet

    Thank you James!
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    Bavarian Helmet

    Hello Haubians: Working on cataloging items for our upcoming sale, and I would love to get a second opinion on this one. I believe it is Bavarian Gendarmerie. Spike is smooth rather than fluted, has Lion head chinscale bosses, single Reichs cockade on the left side, convex chin scales, and...
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