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  1. For those of us with no Instagram account, do you think you could take the time to post those?
  2. When we deployed to Saudi Arabia we were issued 1960's dated flak vests and M1 steel pots. We eventually got kevlar helmets, but used the Vietnam era flak vests throughout Desert Storm.
  3. Just got this one in and thought I'd post it up for review. I am by no means an advanced collector of M1's. But I do keep a few on my shelves at any given time. I was looking for a nice representative example of a WWII netted helmet. I'd appreciate any feedback or comments. Hoping it checks out O.K. Thanks in advance.
  4. No bottle of scotch...but custom built oak book shelves full of books and helmets is what I went with. And my man cave has its own man cave. All of my overflow and things I do not want on display goes in there.
  5. Nice M35 reissue. Also a good reminder that not every war souvenir came home with the front line vet who killed the German and took it off his body as many collectors are so want to believe. Much of this stuff came home with the guys who were in the rear with the gear.
  6. The blue star theory about preventing allied attacks from the air is starting to enter the realm of pure fantasy. I think there is no possibility that this is a D-Day helmet.
  7. Nice helmet. Neat that you've had it since you were a kid. As far as being old....it's better than the alternative.
  8. I agree. I am a casual lurker here. I dabble in M1's. My focus for 35 years has always been on WWII german helmets. As the volume and quality of fakes has increased, and as the demand and desire (bordering on infatuation) for the exotic and the titillating has increased, so have the threads in that community that resemble this one. There's a good chance that a thread with "Holy Grail" in the title is going to attract a lot of attention and then when you see the pics and understand the background and learn there are 3 other "Holy Grails" very similar to it you begin looking for the rolling eyes emoji and the bowl of popcorn. Sorry it didn't work out for the OP. I was skeptical, but hopeful he actually did discover his Holy Grail. Who wouldn't want that for a fellow collector?
  9. I opened this thread expecting it to be about techniques the fakers use to age their creations. Lots of exotic freshies showing up...especially medic helmets these days...that have that "baked" look.
  10. 1) I could be wrong and I apologize if I am, but I thought on page 2 you said that all 4 known examples have the "exact same cover and the exact same wear" or something to that effect? I'll go back and look. So besides the pics that seem to show very similar helmets, I was just going what you yourself said. 2) To me, a simple name in a helmet is not provenance. An unbroken chain of custody is provenance. But that's an entirely different debate. 3) Fair point. I'll guess we'll see when the next 4 Raider helmets emerge with no real provenance from old collections all in exceedingly pristine condition with no combat or storage wear if we still going to rationalize their existence with the "well maybe the guy painted his helmet on one day and got shot the very next" argument or will we begin to question the odds of a highly unlikely scenario playing itself out 8 times. Looking forward to your pics. And in the end as long as you are happy with it is all that matters.
  11. I agree completely with your basic premise. The OP has made the same basic premise. The rationale is this...an exceedingly rare helmet, from a rare unit, survives the war with exceedingly little combat wear, and is then found with exceedingly little post-war storage wear. Can this scenario happen? Of course. But 4 times? And all with no provenance? I have no idea of this helmet is authentic or not. Looking forward to the OP's pics. I truly hope it is. The fact that it has 3 clones that all look they they were done by the same hand, and survived the war in the same condition, and show the exact same post-war patina, and all with provenance throws up some serious red flags for me, personally. I have a feeling that it won't be long before the next one shows up...then the next...and the next.
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