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WW1 German helmet sniper shield

Article about: What would be the best way to clean it up.It was found last month in Meuse Argonne in the village of Romagne-sous-montfaucon.

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    What would be the best way to clean it up.It was found last month in Meuse Argonne in the village of Romagne-sous-montfaucon.
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    cricketchris1944,I take it this is your first post, welcome to the forum, looks like you have a nice example of a 'Stirnpanzer' a 2.5lb steel-nickel alloy helmet plate for the M16/17 and 18 Stahlhelm. Due to the material it is made of it should clean up nicely, i notice the strap attachment holes are corroded up, there should be some numbers on the inside, however due to corrosion/rust they may not be visible. There are plenty of members who should be able to advise over preservation, i dont personaly collect ground dug items, but there are plenty here who do. By the way, the Stirnpanzer was only issued for 5% of the available helmets, rare ! a super item.

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    Hi, one of the most comon methods is to dip the helmet in a bath of oxalic acid for several hours, but i dont know if the shell is in a fragil state or not, wait for the opinions of the experts on this.
    Best of luck with helmet shield. its really cool.
    Best regards
    Nuno

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    Thank you, yes I am new to the forum.looking to have some fun.I was a good day finding this item last month have put it on a helmet but still need to clean it.

    cricketchris1944
    PS still working on how to use the forum.

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    there was a posting on another site about on using an anode/cathode combination immersed in a solution free the rust from the iron,,,

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    The shell is in very good condition ,just has alot of rust on it.

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    Cricketchris1944, take a look in the ' Restoration & Refurbishing ' section of the forum, plenty of tips/procedures explained by the lads in there for dealing with corroded/rusty items.

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    Oradour, I will do that .Thank you

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    Fantastic find , very rare item to discover , your a lucky man , well done , cheers Raymond

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    I was very happy that day.One of my friend from the village came by the same field a hour later to look for relics,I told him what I had found tryed to buy it from me but no way.

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