Old rusty German M 42 from Romania
some time ago I found this badly preserved M42 in a village near Iasi where the SS Grossdeutschland Division operated in the summer of 1944 during the Iasi-Chisinau Offensive, a major military operation during the Wehrmacht's retreat westwards. It is a common find but I like it because it can be linked to a specific event and also because of its unusual small size. A friend of mine told me it would be worth to try a restoration process (rust removal, filling the cracks, etc.) Do you think that would alter its value?
06-22-2015 10:09 PM
It's a nice honest relic, leave it be!...
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A tough call, Sever. As it is, it really has not all that much value, so you wouldn't really be hurting the value much by restoring it, but what would you end up with? A restored relic that was still of little value and one that has been altered radically from it's original state. Personally, I'd simply leave it as is and set it on the shelf. It's earned it's history-not much point in changing it now.
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Agree with the others, don't mess with it is my vote.
Somethings you cant fix. Make a "relic" display, get some relic medals etc to display with it
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Thank you very much for your advice. You are right, so I will leave the helmet as it is. Perhaps I will only try to stop rust-spreading and than it will age on the shelf
nice lid but im not sure that grossdeuschland where SS think they where heer, and furthermore i agree with the others dont touch it, it has a certain "relic" charm to it that a renovation would destroy