I had the head size pretty close, 59 or 60 I had figured but for men of this caliber... an excess of gray matter is not required, or even necessarily a good thing.
SS is very complicated and fraught with danger. In the olden days it was not so complicated, but fraught with danger.
Some younger collectors with have to start saving soon to take these off the hands of, in the case of FB, their curators.
The lively subject of the authenticity of SS regalia - when a piece pops of that's actually worthy of study - is actually a boon to the memory of the darkness that prevailed, as millions disappeared from the face of the earth...
Don't get me wrong: these people would have murdered me, and their present day acolytes, who are again on the mach, want to murder me now.
Moreover, there are those here greatly vexed by a somewhat scholarly approach to old Nazi junk. They seek to discredit me, as the first step.
My goal is to foster more knowledge, but never to endorse the political goals and methods of an idea which has enduring appeal and enormous violent potential.
Our study of the minutiae constitutes no embrace of these repugnant methods.
The knowledge about the symbols, ideas, institutions and personalities of organized political violence is a requirement of good citizenship.
57 cms was an average size of German head in said period, I read in one of the RZM thingies.
Kopfweite 56, the size of every hat I have actually. The typical frontal lobe was not so pronounced...
I do a lot of thinking.
To separate the items from the history is not a luxury for everyone. Just simply this is a $6000 or this one maybe $10,000 hat.
To be able to purely look at these as a collector's item without considering the history is possible for some, but totally impossible for others. There are people out there who would jump out of their shoes and go through massive PTSD seeing one of these.
That's what I meant when I said "The lively subject of the authenticity of SS regalia - when a piece pops of that's actually worthy of study - is actually a boon to the memory of the darkness that prevailed".
These items bring up what happened better than any other Third Reich items that I can think of.
There's no need to hide from that, or pretend that it isn't so. I'm thankful for these items, for they balance the forum out from the daily admiration of more pedestrian field gear items like canteens, flashlights and bayonets, the little necessities of everyday soldiers lives, and help us - some of us - remember who those soldiers were fighting for, beyond their own immediate lives.
Last edited by Larboard; 01-28-2016 at 07:56 PM.
I personally love the pieces and history. I started out collecting collar tabs about 5 years ago never dreaming of owning pieces like this. I like to hold a visor like this and think about what it would have been like during that time. I am certainly not behind the people who committed the attrocities.