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.
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"
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.