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    My taste in collecting is best described as eclectic; while I try to focus on US Army Field Artillery and German artifacts that connect me to my ancestors, it really boils down to me collecting anything that I consider beautiful. I have a penchant for Japanese wood block prints, trench art, and oils.
  1. Would you mind sharing where it came from, an interior shot, and a shot from the top of the helmet? To be honest, I think this is one of the plumes I fabricated when I was learning how they were made. Anything I had made has some tell-tale signs I did it in case people try to pass them off as original, and I ran into an issue with someone selling a helmet I had restored saying it was from an old collection -- just curious on my end. Either way, it's beautiful.
  2. They look spectacular to me. Agree it's the picture -- even old gold can pick up light and look shiny in photos. I have a lot of examples of original knots, and depending on the maker, the quality of the gold and level of tarnishing varies.
  3. ...staff plates are definitely not a dime a dozen, and I'd buy all of them at $30 each you can find. Nice find -- staff front plates are among the rarest ones to come across these days. 100 percent authentic.
  4. Still--nice parts. If you do sell it, don't part with those side buttons for less than 125, and that helmet body looks great. They used to run $600 for bodies, but now are probably more like 1-200. Your plume socket looks to have been cut (the ball) -- interesting. If I could advise -- I would pick up a pair of cav side buttons, some cord rings, and a set of cords to just make it into a nice cavalry display.
  5. ...yes, some regular officers did have ventilators and ridabock helmets; however, because they are almost exclusively guard bodies, you won't find collectors touching them with a ten foot pole.
  6. Trimming white helmets was common enough by regular soldiers that it had to be addressed...it was never supposed to happen, but it definitely did.
  7. I'll go ahead and put it out there that no one is making reproduction helmets of that quality; and that the reproductions that are out there are incredibly obvious. But, I would remove those paper clips holding on the front plate....
  8. I think you're probably looking at privately purchased/made chevrons for the coat, so it is not unreasonable to think they were made around the time of the coat or a little later. I have come across a few nice handmade variants of even the NCO ranks, so they're out there. Nice find.
  9. My NY artillery great coat is a deeper blue color, but I can assure you it is not a West Point coat.
  10. Redlegwolf

    SOG boots

    Ahh--worked from my computer. All good.
  11. Redlegwolf

    SOG boots

    If you wouldn't mind, I can't see a picture of the mold, and would really like to see it.
  12. Redlegwolf

    SOG boots

    A little late to the conversation, but if you haven't seen a pair of these in person, here is an Army Warehouse find from one of my buddies. Pretty neat, right? This should confirm your hypothesis of suede uppers.
  13. Hello, fellow collectors: I don't know why I never thought to ask, but does anyone have a Henry V. Allien Field Artillery Helmet. This put together example on a NG body sold to a higher bidder, and I've been kicking myself since, having never seen a front plate or the side buttons outside of Chappell's book. It's like my great white buffalo.
  14. Very rarely have I seen artillery 1872 epaulettes besides 1st Regiment. But they are out there, I just picked up this lone major's knot from the 2nd Artillery.
  15. Military Police, Lieutenant Colonel, Bullion Shoulder Knots, I'd venture a guess in the last 25 years because of the lack of tarnishing on the silver.
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