The deal with this is you have to be comfortable.
The deal with this is you have to be comfortable.
I believe that's what this type of wear would be from originally, yes... but I was really referring to the fact that decades of patina is missing surrounding the dome wear --- also there seems to be no age to the bare worn steel on top, looks fresh to me... lending support to my theory that this wear was applied after the age patina was applied (not period).
Again, just my opinion but, to me, it's blatantly obvious from the photos provided.
It's clear better photos are required but as you know the tolerances for one of these is very tight.
edit- posted that without seeing the new better photos. Unfortunately these are worse that the original pics. You want the light on the helmet, your showing us the dark side of the moon. ;-)
The repetitive markings I see are very small 2-3 pronged "hits" in various places. Ones eye can see repetitive tool marking, which is why in hand is best.
Pics make or break a helmet. Something as faked as a medic needs studio quality pics to get valid opinions. As I said based on the pics provided it's a no for me.
Quite simply, you are kicking the living shit out of this helmet with the pics your taking.
Hi Gel65 , i'm not wanting to "rain on your parade" but this is not an original medic's helmet for me either. The wear looks artificial to me also ,I have put some "lines" on your image which highlight the tool marks that I see. These are being faked to a high standard now but 99% of them still show this contrived wear. Sorry , Leon.
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway
"Pics make or break a helmet. Something as faked as a medic needs studio quality pics to get valid opinions. As I said based on the pics provided it's a no for me."
"Quite simply, you are kicking the living shit out of this helmet with the pics your taking."
That's it in a nutshell, you're just playing at it Gel, and in the process annoying the guys expressing their considered opinions that you are then not really listening to. It's obvious you love this helmet and are convinced in your own mind it's the real thing. Just buy it and be happy.....You know you want it.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
The wear on this helmet is really "over the top" and appears contrived to me, and yet the liner doesn't reflect hard use at all, lol...
I really really hope it is the real deal Gel.
I remember the SS-HD helmet I bought at first was poor photos and looked bogus on the forums. It wasn't until he sent it to me and I was able to do a hands on and magnify the decals that I was 100% convinced. New studio quality pictures along with magnification ADM shots I think proved it to the members of various fora it was the real deal.
If you are unable to take better pics, what you might want to do is source a local good collector who can assist with a hands on evaluation and take real good photos of the helmet for you.
If you want I will cover the freight cost there and back to you if you live in the US or Canada, examine it and photograph it for you. I always love an opportunity to examine rare helmets and medic are very rare indeed, hence the very narrow window of authenticity they get in forum discussions.
I don't know an awful lot about the helmet, but if the Vet was awarded a Purple Cross, I'm taking that he was in the US army, where there many points where a US serviceman could have come into contact with one of these winter camo helmets ?. I know the US forces did fight in places like the Ardennes etc. and I'm guessing axis soldiers did paint there helmets in those stages of the war. But that also begs the question of why and how an soldier would ether find or even kill the man wearing this helmet ?. As this obviously belonged to a member of the German equivalent of the Red Cross, and as far as I'm aware the shooting of members Red Cross both axis and allied was prohibited, however I'm not aware if they where allowed to be taken prisoner. So surely if the vet had indeed shot a memeber of the German red cross would he not have been instantly courtmarialed ? granted he could have simply stumbled upon the helmet, but surely carrying around or even mailing a Red Cross helmet home, he would risk it bieng misinterpreted that he had killed the owner of the helmet, thereby again having consequences. And also I would like to make the point that would it not make sense that the largest area of ware and tear is on the top of the helmet from it bieng rested on the floor, surely coming from a war zone the helmet would see much more use on the soldiers head or even hanging from his belt rather than resting on the floor ?....anyway that was just my thought process on the matter, as I say correct me if I'm wrong