I am considering purchasing a pickelhaube (my first, I do have a tschapka though) and unfortunately have already returned my reference books to the library. I apologize for the poor quality photos that I was provided, but I would like your thoughts on this one in terms of originality. It has significant patina to the metal parts, a complete liner, and the maker is J.M. Eckart.
From my limited experience this looks okay to me, but I have a couple concerns: the liner is not blackened leather as I have usually seen; it appears the wappen does not appear to retain the leather wedges. Are these things to be concerned about?
Thank you very much in advance for your thoughts! I would like to make an educated decision on whether or not to purchase!