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Reasons for collecting relic helmets

Article about: Hello Nuno, for many people living far away from battlefields the only way to buy is through internet. Now internet is almost everywhere and the market is global. If 20 years ago you could b

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    Hello Nuno,
    for many people living far away from battlefields the only way to buy is through internet. Now internet is almost everywhere and the market is global. If 20 years ago you could buy relic or barn found stuff for few euro, now even an ucrainian farmer can check the value of an old buckle in few minutes on the internet. And so fakers can do too. I seldom buy relic stuff now because the prices have increased alot and sometimes exceed the value of a mint piece just because they are "battlefind". It is nonsense. If you can get 300/400 euro for a rusty para lid , you can imagine how this can be particularly attracting field for fakers. Modern technology helps too: there are chemical products and old methods that can make a piece looking "real" without too much work.
    It's all about money, always.
    Regards

    Matt

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    Quote by NunoGTI View Post
    rust was about a 70%guarantee that an item was indeed genuine
    Even today knowledge and common sense can give a 99,9% guarantee that an item you buy is original.
    If you don't make that effort any helmet will be unsafe to buy.

    BTW Rust has been faked for several decades now. Valueing an item based on oxidation is totally ludicrous.

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    Quote by LAS VEGAS View Post
    I agree that some helmets brought back by veterans where in a lov ely battle aged condition and there is no doubt that would be the type of helmets to buy from a vet who took it off the soldier ./other helmets have the look that they never seen the front and have relatively no interest to me.sorry but the last 30 years fakers have become more sophisticated and buying a genuine good condition helmet needs careful study.so unless i can get one directly from a vet or his estate ,im sticking with relics.
    I think any helmet that's been made between 1916 - 1945 is an interesting historical artefact. Documented relics as well as mint helmets as they have more to tell with regards to production and decal application than a linerless shell where no maker or lotnr can be read from. I like both good used but not abused helmets and mint helmets in my collection although I don't seek the mint ones out. If one crosses my path for a good price I take it.
    I can understand that mint helmets scare collectors , they did scare me at first as well but as you specialise yourself more and more that threshold will disappear.

    This is a mint M42 luftwaffe helmet by ET. Didn't see much action but I love the smell of the unused original leather. It's a very representative piece of a TR Luftwaffe helmet.

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