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World War One Austrian Helmet - Advice on removing and replacing original split pins

Article about: I have a World War One Austrian helmet and am thinking of replacing the missing leather liner in the original helmet and with parts from the Prairie Flower Leather Company. My fear is that I

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    I have a World War One Austrian helmet and am thinking of replacing the missing leather liner in the original helmet and with parts from the Prairie Flower Leather Company.

    My fear is that I will break the original split pins when I remove or replace the liner band. Does anyone have any tricks on dealing with split pins that over 100 years old?

    A couple of pictures attached for reference.

    Thanks.

    Peter

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    I'd leave it as is, personally. You only risk damaging the original pins (which have been in situ for over 100 years) to insert a reproduction liner that you won't be able to see when the helmet is sitting on a shelf. As it is, it's absolutely fine for display. Externally it appears intact, and is overall a very nice example of a Great War helmet. Tampering with it would only damage its appeal.

    B.B.
    ''Everyday you think of living. We are born to die, but I appreciate life. We live day by day, and I always say: yesterday is history, today's reality, and tomorrow's a dream.' -- Henry Flescher, Holocaust Survivor -- March 14, 1924 - August 29, 2018

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    Thanks. I am back and forth on this. The "don't mess with it" part of me is competing with the "make it better" part.

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    See my comments on your other post. Providing you take care, you should be OK.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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    Pebceb, you can’t improve on original.

    A new liner will never match the patina of an original item and will look out of place.

    As has already been suggested best left alone in the condition it was found in and if you want a new looking helmet why not buy a restored shell from somewhere like German Helmets Inc or the German Helmet Depot.

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    I too feel that leaving it as it is would be the best way forward, a very nice original piece that in my opinion would be de-valued by adding the modern leather to it. Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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    Default I did it!

    Well after much advice and some long and hard thinking I did decide to go ahead and put in a replacement liner from Prairie Flower Leather and it worked perfectly. I used a screwdriver as suggested to support the pins as I carefully removed them. In fact the hardest part was getting the liner band back in place aligned to the holes as it was a snug fit to begin with. I am very very pleased with how it turned out and the quality of the liner.

    The aged look actually is nothing more than the old dirt, rust and decayed leather bits that got on ti as I worked if while it was wet. Quite like how it turned out.

    Added the chinstrap now as well. Also from the Prairie Flower Leather Company.

    Thanks to all for the advice.

    Peter
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    That's a very nice restoration you have done! I know that some collectors disapprove of this, but providing it is done in a sympathetic way there is nothing wrong in this. After all... museums do it all the time, you never hear of anyone complaining about restored tanks, artillery, aircraft, ships... so why not helmets?

    Cheers,
    Steve
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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    A contentious subject, but i think you have done this quite well.
    Nick

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