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Irish M1927 Helmet

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    Have a quandry here. I purchased this Irish Free State M1927 Helmet.

    It has been restored.:
    1) Painted,
    2) Some missing pads replaced with felt
    3) Parts of the leather Liner band has been replace with new leather.

    It was obviously a labor of love to go through all this trouble. And I knew when I purchased it, it was restored.

    Now my question?

    Is it worth keeping in this condition? Is there any collector value (not necessarily monetary value). I know there were only ~10k made and most were destroyed.

    I'm debating to return it and trade up for a nice Portuguese M16 helmet with original painted insignia or liner. I just don't have one yet and have not seen them available around here.

    Thanks!

    Michael

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    interesting piece might be worth restoring but you might run into big trouble and ruin it.
    i personally would try to strip the outside top coat.
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

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    I don't know the true value but i was offered one about a year ago with no liner for 150.
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    they seem to pop on ebay regularly - i want one for the collection :-)
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

    Polish Militaria 1914-1945 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124584324789966/
    GTA Militaria - Discussions and Sales - https://www.facebook.com/groups/890720157646923/

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    Quote by meyle77 View Post
    they seem to pop on ebay regularly - i want one for the collection :-)
    Meyle/Gunny - Thats my quandry. I don't have one and want one. This one is "restored" and not original. Debating if I should return and pop of a nice Portuguese M16 with liner and painted crest and wait for another Irish helmet to come along.

    Thanks!

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    Quote by Gunny Hartmann View Post
    I don't know the true value but i was offered one about a year ago with no liner for 150.
    This one restored was around that price....
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    i think that most irish helmets you will find will be messed with in some way so you need to pick the best one.
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

    Polish Militaria 1914-1945 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124584324789966/
    GTA Militaria - Discussions and Sales - https://www.facebook.com/groups/890720157646923/

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    an interesting example ,ive never seen liner bands spliced old to new before ,the owner certainly did his best to refurbish this and keep some originality, im sure these were whitewashed ,all the examples ive seen so far were anyway ,its missing its frontal insignia too ,ii guess its up to you ,i dont see them come along that often

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    Quote by James C View Post
    an interesting example ,ive never seen liner bands spliced old to new before ,the owner certainly did his best to refurbish this and keep some originality, im sure these were whitewashed ,all the examples ive seen so far were anyway ,its missing its frontal insignia too ,ii guess its up to you ,i dont see them come along that often
    Yes James. It's a quandry. I want my cake and eat it too. Who ever did this, spent a lot of time restoring it and did quite a good job judging from the splicing.

    Kind of want someone to push me over the edge :-) one way or the other because obviously I'm too torn........... :-(

    Thanks,

    Michael
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    You can always buy it and upgrade to a better one in the future :-)
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

    Polish Militaria 1914-1945 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124584324789966/
    GTA Militaria - Discussions and Sales - https://www.facebook.com/groups/890720157646923/

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    personally id have an irish example on my shelf as opposed to the fluted portugese m16 but thats just my opinion ,its all about what appeals to you most

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