Enlisted GdC or GKR helmet

verdun16

Member
Dear Friends
I would like to share this enlisted GdC or GKR helmet
Bought many years ago from a friend collector here in Italy. I'm well aware the helmet is not the best in the world but everything is original to the helmet. Any unit marks under cockades so is possible a private purchase.

verdun16








 

b.loree

Administrator
Staff member
Very nice, the tall spike would certainly suggest a private purchase helmet. However, we have an OR's liner...another haube mystery?
 

Steve Nick

Member
A very nice helmet and one I've always wanted on the shelf. It's not often that you see OR's helmes with spikes that tall. Makes for a more elegant look though.

Thanks for posting this for us.
 

911car

Active member
Gianluca,
Was it difficult to resist the temptation of polishing it? For sure you did the right thing, leaving the patina intact. Very attractive helmet as it is.
 

verdun16

Member
I really never thought about cleaning this helmet. As I said i like helmet "dans son jus"!! I think this French expression if perfect to express the concept.
thanks again
verdun16
 

Steve Nick

Member
Well, with respect, I have to say that I would have had the helmet polished.

I know there are different schools of thought on this issue, but in my view I think the helmets should be displayed as close as possible to the condition they would have been in when they were on the parade ground. Picklehaubes ala 1895 were meant to be dazzling. So I will gently polish (taking care not to touch original gilt etc.) the metal fittings periodically. Maybe once every 5 years or so.

That's just my personal perspective. "Suum Cuique"
 

b.loree

Administrator
Staff member
I like to deal with this cleaning discussion by simply saying....if you own it then you decide whether to clean or not to clean. For myself, if I have the fittings off then I like to clean everything once. I agree that originally, they were meant to shine and impress people.
 

Tony without Kaiser

Departed
Staff member
That is a marvelous Metalhelm. Superb patina. Beautiful.

I admit I have cleaned mine years ago. No more :pale:

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ww1czechlegion

Active member
Congratulations to Verdun16 & Tony for acquiring such beautiful helmets, and thanks for posting them! :thumb up: =D>

Best Regards,

Alan
 

verdun16

Member
thanks Alan for your comment.
Leave the helmets as found or clean them are only two ways of seeing the collection
all the best
verdun16
 
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