You have to believe the item, not the story - and know your subject. Using the 'I got it
from the Veteran' tactic is commonly used by sellers to verify militaria these days.
Also, if it really did come from a Vet, he could have purchased it the week before
you bought it.
It is a very good repro of an expensive helmet. I've seen them sell for around
$200 or so, and if it cost you somewhere near that price, I wouldn't
be too worried.........
Thanks Walkwolf. I bought an entire collection of repo and original items for 800$ here is the list of most of the stuff but if you go to the collection display you can see most of my collection. 3 helmets
1 m42 uniform
2 m43 uniforms
Officers Wool Shirt
compass and pochet
m6 scabbard for m3 knife
m1943 shovel with houlder airborne
first aid pouch airborne
first aidpouch on beld
m1 garand bandoleer
airborne gloves for m41
airborne gloves for m43
m15 sight for m1 garand
m1918 trench knif with brass knukels
m1 rifle bayonet
m2 switchblade knife
para rope original
spoon, fork, knif and mess canteen in canvas holder
and alot of personal items
Thanks Ray. Looks like you didn't get stung too badly - a few
of the other items made up for this helmet !
Are you going to keep it.........?
Yea I'll keep it. Pretty cool I think. Just have to display it as a repo. No big deal. I really wish I knew more about repos and real. I did alot of homework on the iron cross but thats the only thing.
It will make a nice display piece.
Lol - It is easier ( and perhaps wiser ) to collect/focus in only
one or two areas - but sooner or later, you end up
interested in everything.........!
There are just so many areas to focus on and know. I would like to start figuring out about helmets and awards. Like how people tell right away if a infantry award is fake or not.
It takes keen interest and years of study. Lol - you can't know it all though !
Stick with the Forum and post items for critique, as you are doing now.
The collective mind and wealth of knowledge here is invaluable.
Eventually you'll be able to spot the differences.........!
Where did you say to look for the other items in the collection ?