Become our sponsor and display your banner here
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Proper method to preserve and/or restore a helmet liner and chin strap

Article about: I have a question about the proper method to preserve or restore the helmet liner, especially the 'pillows', and chin strap of a German WW1 M16 helmet (chin strap has fragmented) and a pre o

  1. #1

    Default Proper method to preserve and/or restore a helmet liner and chin strap

    I have a question about the proper method to preserve or restore the helmet liner, especially the 'pillows', and chin strap of a German WW1 M16 helmet (chin strap has fragmented) and a pre or WW2 Finnish Austrian M17 helmet liner and leather Finnish chin strap.

    Thanks,
    dastier

  2. #2
    ?

    Default Re: Proper method to preserve and/or restore a helmet liner and chin strap

    The best thing you can do is nothing. I dont really know of any way to protect the leather, but messing around with it can certainly hurt it. So I would just leave it alone.

  3. #3

    Default Re: Proper method to preserve and/or restore a helmet liner and chin strap

    Yes, leave it. Time takes its toll on leather, just a fact of life. Best thing to do is keep it in a stable, neutral temperature environment out of direct sunlight. Collectors prefer nothing be done rather than do some thing that makes it look unnatural.

  4. #4

    Default

    Don't try to restore it... Leave it as found, and do not under any circumstances put it under any major stress
    E.g. putting it on a "helmet stand" in the shape of a head etc., that put a substantial amount of pressure on the old leather.

    When that has been said, I use leather oil to re-condition leather. It works wonders on old brittle leather.
    Keep it out of sunlight, and the room must not be to humid or to dry. Temperatures are best kept at a constant neutral level.
    Πόλεμος πάντων μεν πατήρ εστί, πάντων δε βασιλεύς.

  5. #5

    Default

    For the most part the advice given at the following link is the best way to go:

    Preservation & Cleaning of Antique Headgear

    There is almost nothing that can be done to help restore or soften leather. The only product used by conservators regularly on leather is cellugel.

    Cellugel | University Products

    This only gets rid of red rot.

    I would not recommend any use of things like Pecard, Lexol, Saddle soap, Neats foot oil etc.

    As for a helmet ling make sure it is supported or tearing will get worse (See page 4 of Display in the first link.

    For a broken or cracking chinstrap if you want to display I have seen the use of acid free paper form being uses and then lightly attached to the strap on the back side and --never glued. It wont be 1000% indivisible.

    Take a look at Tony Schnurr's website in the first link.

    Joe Sweeney

Similar Threads

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •