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prussian artillery officers pickelhaube

Article about: Any thougts on thise helmet, it has is cover. Cover looks brand new and bears a mark, sadly that picture is bad. Pictures where took with cell phone, so excuse the quality....

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    Here are the newspapers that i fund inside;
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Quote by stuka f View Post
    Now here is a sad part!
    I am examening my previous pictures to see it the cracks on the right side were there when I first saw it. As they were taken with my phone it is difficult to tell.
    I suspect the helmet have been "dammaged" between the first time I saw it and when I collected it , it was wringed between two shelfs of a cupboard that didn't had enough space to put it....
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    That is a beauty, even with the damaged.
    Congratulations on a fine helmet.
    Cheers.
    Nuno

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    Great pickelhaube, Kris. The damage does not detract from its beauty IMO. I would really love to own one of these.
    Tom

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    Thanks guy's, I am pretty found of it too!
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
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  5. #15

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    How severe is the cracking? It almost looks to be normal leather age crazing. Does it go entirely through?
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Quote by Wagriff View Post
    How severe is the cracking? It almost looks to be normal leather age crazing. Does it go entirely through?
    No, it is just the top layer. It isn't that severe, but I would have prefere it without...if it was...!
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

  7. #17

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    Nice find Kris.

    congratulations.

    cheers

    tony

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    Thanks Tony!
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Kris...super kugelhelm ! great that you managed to secure it. I am quite certain that only the front and rear visors are leather, and the skull/shell is "Vulcan fibre", a synthetic material, with an outside finish similiar to leather, this material was extensively used in private purchase Officer helmets, do not attempt to repair...leave as is. The Dutch newspaper may not be such a mystery...the original owner of the helm may of deserted and crossed over to neutral Holland, many did and many were caught and executed by there former colleagues ! The border between Belgium and Holland was a thorn in the side for the German occupation authorities, I believe they even constructed an electric fence along the border to deter would be defectors/deserters !
    Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    Hey Steve
    thanks for your comment and appreciation!
    No plan to do anything about the crack's, it is just annoying to know that a item survived that long, then comes in a "stupid" who has no idea of what it represent and rams it in between two shelfs of a cupboard where it didn't fit in!!
    About the newspaper, I didn't think of the desertion, I was thinking they might have visited Zeeland for other reasons; the stream "De Schelde " having is left bank in Belgium and right bank in Holland might be one...
    Exact about the electric fence! It was called "The Wire of Death".
    Also exact about the visors, they are leather, and turned in to a wite/grey color, I think to be brass polish remains...
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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