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  1. #301
    It depends on what you want. If you want one that is in excellent shape with no parts missing, than probably around a $1K. If you don't mine some imperfections, you can possibly find one from $400-$500. The type also makes a difference. Pre/early war brass ones run more than the later M1915 ones. The one I have is a M1915 version with steel spike and eagle. I got it for $395, which I didn't think was too bad. It was missing the chinstrap and kokarden, plus the liner wasn't in the greatest shape. It also has some surface imperfections on the leather, but I didn't mind any of this.

    I do have one that I made from parts. I acquired a repro leather shell for around $50 and also a genuine brass spike and eagle for around $140. It doesn't look too bad. I'll try to post some pics in the next couple of days. If you decide get a repro, I'd suggest maybe doing this. You can get repros that are made in India for around $100, but they are very disappointing. The eagle and spike are all wrong and the overall shape of the helmet is incorrect as well.

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    Its an expensive hobby. Thats why I only have one authentic helmet.

  4. #304
    OK. Here's some of the pics of my WW1 collection. I know its a little off topic, so I'll just say these are All Quiet on the Western Front props. The first one is the authentic spiked helmet that I have. Its an M1915 with steel fittings on it that I got from someone who had purchased it from a guy back in the early 60s who was the original owner. The second one is the one that I made. Its a repro leather shell with original brass spike and helmet plate. I'm working on getting a brass chin strap for it. The next is a repro grey helmet cover with red letters. Its the pre/early war design and on it I put an authentic Iron Cross 2nd class from WW1. The next is the green cover with an authentic German dog tag that I got from a guy in Latvia. Next there is the M1916 steel helmet that they used for the rest of the war with a camo paint job along with an authentic German gas mask. The last few items are an authentic French helmet, repro Russian winter hat, American helmet(haven't figured what the regiment is yet) and some various helmet plates plus a totenkopf(death head) badge.
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  5. #305
    That gas mask is freaky! So some helmets were actually leather? That I did not know, very interesting and quite cool work there ST! Is the flaming bomb is artillery, grenadier? I don't remember.

  6. #306
    The gas mask is sinister looking, but thats what I like about it. Most of the spiked helmets were leather, but when the war went longer than expected, they started using ersatz(substitute) materials such as steel and felt, but there isn't too many of those. The flaming bomb is just for the general infantry. There are a number of helmet badges for the French helmet indicating artillery, engineers, etc, but this is the only one I have.

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  8. #308
    I could ramble on and on about my WWI collection, but it would get boring.

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    I'm glad you enjoyed my collection. There's not a huge amount of WW1 enthusiasts around, even with the 100th anniversary being this year. I have a much greater interest in WWI than other wars. Even though it was 100 years ago, it can lay claim to laying the foundation of our modern age.

    I remembered that I have a small collection of WWI posters as well. I'll try to post some pics of those if its ok with Serg. I'm not trying to turn this into a war memorabilia thread.

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