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Everything posted by bigschuss

  1. Awesome. Never knew this. Question about the film. That's a US government production and those are GI's, correct? I don't see the Canadian connection.
  2. Medics are all the rage these days....such a rare configuration to begin with and they are now seemingly self-replicating out of the wood work. I would personally give this one a very wide berth.
  3. When I was a young teen in the 80's I displayed my WWII collection in our local library for the 40th anniversary of D-Day. There was a story about it in the local paper, and the widow of a a WWII vet from my hometown gave me a call. She wanted to give me some of her husbands WWII bring backs. She ended up giving me some insignia, a duffle bag with clothing, dog tags, invasion currency, etc. She also gave me a small Swiss watch that she said her husband received in trade for some cigarettes from a German POW. Looks very similar to yours.
  4. For those of us with no Instagram account, do you think you could take the time to post those?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Nice helmet. Neat that you've had it since you were a kid. As far as being old....it's better than the alternative.
  11. 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 ro
  12. 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.
  13. 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 exceedin
  14. 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, an
  15. Either that, or rose colored glasses a complete suspension of disbelief.
  16. Yes, of course . My bad. What I meant is that prices are down or flat. Dead was a wrong choice of words. Yes, of course people will always collect Civil War, as they will WWII. But it certainly is not as hot as it has been in the past.
  17. Civil war stuff is flat to dead. WWII movies will never add more new collectors than the entire baby-boomer generation who grew up in the shadow of WWII, playing with their father's war trophies, hearing the war stories, and emersed in pop culture full of WWII TV shows and movies. The baby-boomers exert a huge influence on all aspects of American society...WWII militaria being one of them. This is all just my opinion, of course. I think in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years there will be way more supply than demand. Quality will always sell. Always. High end M1's and Garands and whatever wil
  18. A name on an item just tells you that at some point in that item's history somebody inked their name on it. It provides a glimpse into that item's history. And it makes for some nice research opportunities if a collector is so inclined. It does not, however, provide an unbroken chain of custody, which is personally how I have always interpreted the meaning of provenance.
  19. To what does this refer? Seems like most people on this thread like this helmet, no? I, too, think it's probably legit. Who are "the haters" of which you speak?
  20. And right now somebody is looking up the name of a deceased Navy vet, the LCI he served on, and heading to the model store for some Testors black and green gloss paint. I'm not sure if this helmet has great provenance? Provenance, to me, is when a helmet (or whatever is in question) is 100% traceable to the vet...as in, you saw the vet take it out of the footlocker. Or the vet (or his family) walked into the militaria show or hotel buy with the helmet. You've got the guy's name, address, unit, maybe a written testimony. This helmet has none of that. It has a name on it. Lots of th
  21. That's a good call. I do the same when I have doubts. As the others have said, you certainly have lost nothing with this helmet.
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