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    Classical music, fine art, pets, outdoors and of course, history.
  1. I think you could show respect 'rehousing' it in another way too...but this is unique in that we get a 'real' glimpse into the (very short) life of a young man who died too early...I think it's fascinating. Is it a shrine to 'just' one soldier...yes. But it is also a legacy of how a whole lot of soldiers lived at the time. Two separate, but related, events. And if the soldier came back? No way of knowing how he would react...but I'd guess at first he'd be horrified...and then when he got over that...I think he would be very touched by the sentiment... ...and then maybe he'd want
  2. Thanks for the link! Very touching story. I suppose - if it were my house - I would respect the room, left as it was...but still maintain it. Most things needs to be maintained. And that might include, at some point, replacing the wallpaper with a new version of the same pattern. If this is what it looks like in 100 years...what will it look like in 500 years? I'll assume the parents envisioned a museum-themed room over time...not a pile of decay.
  3. I could seal it with something, I suppose...but I'm not sure if I want to do that. I will keep it in mind as an option though! Thanks! I didn't realize the fibres are that small! I just figured they'd 'stick' to the felt. The helmet won't be moved often...just for dusting once in a while...and in the off chance a visitor picks it up...
  4. I am not overly concerned about the asbestos in my WW1 helmet but figured I should err on the side of caution nonetheless. I put a square of felt inside that covers the white lining and what is left of the wool lining...I figure this should keep any errant asbestos fibres contained. Just checking to see if my thinking is correct!
  5. Trench art is fascinating. But I haven't quite sorted it out yet. I gather there are 3 categories: 1. Items fabricated by the soldiers while they had down time in the trenches...out of scrap material 2. Items fabricated by POWs while interred 3. Items manufactured by companies used by soldiers in the trenches...like lighters and lighter kits...
  6. Wow! That is very impressive. You are very focussed! What else do you do for fun?
  7. Since I am putting together two little displays...I was curious as to what everyone thinks the top 3 icons of each WW would be... I have helmets at the top of my list...but then I'm not sure what would be most representative! There are an awful lot of items out there...and I don't want a hodge-podge (although I suspect it will happen regardless of my best intentions)...
  8. Thanks for the replies everyone! I really appreciate it. I will check out that other site too! I didn't realize this was US only (not sure how I missed that ). So I will try to stay on topic...my 'Brodie' helmet, at least, is American - so I'm at least good with that item... That much of the German stuff is fake? Even though there is a lot of stuff out there? I've seen old photos of mountains of helmets...and they still seem to be digging them up all over the place.
  9. Thanks for the response! It's like having your own museum...so the cleaning would be part of the curation. But some things...like fabric...I wasn't certain how you'd go about it...
  10. Very cool! When you have this much material in a collection...how do you clean it? Dust? Vacuum? How often? Just curious!
  11. Hello! I am new to military collectibles and am putting together a couple of 'vignettes' (one from WW1 and another from WW2). I recently purchased a WW1 Brodie style helmet, and just won an eBay bid on an M1935 double decal German helmet. I can't for the life of me figure out what pricing is based on (if we assume the items actually are as advertised). The WW1 Brodie has the lining intact, although it's crumbling. I bought it from a dealer in Ontario (but it is an American helmet - someone scratched "USA." on a sanded down square at the back of the helmet). The WW2 M1935 Stalhel
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