A good reference book which is not expensive is the Complete Guide to United States Army, Medals, Badges and Insignia by Colonel Frank C. A helmet has a life span just like us. The most effective way to avoid being decieved in a purchase is to deal with reputable dealers. Always pay attention to the details of the piece you are examining. There is nothing worse than the anticipation of a nice helmet being crushed when a piece of junk shows up on your door step. For the time being we have borrowed some information from another web site. New to eBay military collector's: normally start with collecting military medals and orders.
Start by collecting basic helmets. Typically what you see is fakers will hit the obvious give aways on a reproduction decal so it detracts from it, the foot, leg and head are conveniently chipped away. Maker mark copied from known original Note Quality on scale of 1 to 10 G. It will most likely be real and will surely be a bargain. You will often see maker marks for companies that did not even exist. The rarer a helmet is, the greater the chance of its being a postwar modification.
So story is way down my list. Remember if you are tricked into buying a fake you have contributed to the problem. Just don't consider them first, second or third i. For example, visor fastenings are permissible, but a spike or anything else sticking out would indicate it could be an unsafe helmet. Many of them are advertised as mint un-issued, found in a ware house. The black paint can easily be stripped and repainted to match your helmet. Pic 8- Liner and helmet sizes applied by hand The lining markings look a bit amateur but that doesn't worry me too much as once I've started aging them they will be pretty difficult if not near impossible to pick them out.
Instead of spending the dough on possible fakes, see what you can turn up direct from the source! Ehardt, Poessnick, 1941 yes 8 R. The size of the shield was specified as being 3. There is a lot of information available and these can be useful learning tools. Pay close attention to the lines in the badge i. Remove a spare or loose thread from the item in question and burn it with a lighter or a match. When confronted he indicated everything we collected was obtained from a vet one way or the other so the issue was more about semantics.
Here are a few pointers that you may find handy. You might want to consider buying on the subject. I had to run with the helmet to the kitchen sink! A very high percentage of German helmets listed at on-line auctions are fakes or have at least been tampered with. These chemicals will cause recently made or fake items to shine under a black light, while authentic relics from the period will not. The memo mentions that the new national colors decals were to be sent out to individual units and immediately applied to the helmets by them. Postwar modified helmets made up of original parts are the next category.
A bubbled appearance may suggest that the shell and decal were treated with heat to simulate aging. But, just in case, here it is. The new fallschirmjager will have a brand new helmet, it will be used in training and then in his first combat missions. Only marking, was a Star of David, on the bolt handle. Medals are awarded for acts of gallantry bravery ,campaign service, long service and are the military symbols of honour and sacrifice.
Tread carefully in camo helmets. The quality is very good but will not fool any collector with an ounce of common sense. Become what you have always always wanted to be, a professional serious collector. There is much original German source material about the development of and various orders pertaining to these helmets. Also, leather treatments will usually darken your leather, regardless of what the label says. There is no validity to the myth that late-war units only received M42 helmets. A good thing to check on originals as pretty much most are.
While several hours of research and consultation have been spent on ensuring the accuracy of this information, it is possible that some of the data is incorrect. Areas that were not exposed to light and air will have sharper colors. United States Medals: current types as awarded have three different hallmarked makers marked under the pin on the reverse, the three current official makers use the U. If you don't own a Jeweler's loupe, go buy one asap. Saving Private Ryan This movie produced a large number of replicas that include: rubber gas mask carriers, ranger patches, boots, paratrooper uniforms and much more.