I didn't actually 'give' it away. I did a swop. I'm nice...but not THAT nice! As to being my friend....well I think you already are.
I'm restoring a couple of pickelhauben at the moment, photos attatched. Thought you might be interested.
One is an M-95 Fussartillerie battlefield relic, very badly damaged, but I think interesting for what it is. With the FWR cipher Grenadier Wappen only used by 4 FA regimenter, #'s 1, 2, 3 and 6. Some people might give up on it due to it's condition, but I always find these very damaged relics rather attractive. For me they are history. Then there is an M-91 Feldartillerie vulcanfibre helmet, made by Depaheg Patent, complete with all its fittings, removable kugel top for parade plume. I had a jeweller get the kugel back into shape, since it was badly bent, as you can see. Lastly a helmet from the Sanitatskorps, marked for BJA XVIII f, and named to Sanitats Gefreiter Kierey.
I also picked up what I think is rather a nice item, an M-91 Preussens Feldartillerie pickelhaube of the 2. Rheinisches Feldartillerie Reg Nr. 23, 6. Batterie, 2. Abteilung, made by Clemen, and stamped for 1897 & 1912, with 1st Garniture mark. It was brought back by James Quin, Royal Field Artillery, who joined the BA aged 19 in 1915, after giving a false age, gassed at Loos in April 1918 and suffering pharyngitis, conjunctivitus, oedema of both eyelids and and head burns. Discharged from the army in 1919, he died here in Dublin in May 1980. I like the history! I must get some photos. Korkarden missing and only one half of the chinscales, but otherwise in perfect 'mint' condition.
As to restoring, if you ever come across an M-15 Kugel (just the balltop, not the base) or a Saxon Wappen, M-95 or 15, I'm looking for same!
All the best,