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  1. The helmet most definitely is NOT a post war repainted helmet but a WW2 field repaint. I disagree with the statement that the liner is most likely post war as well. Looks like a very decent WW2 era liner, lots of decals were issued and coated like that from 1943 onwards. Some of the comments on here unfortunately are pretty biased. Lots of decent helmets or liners being ridiculed out of ignorance or jealousy for lack of a better description. Had to be said. Lots of guys quick to judge someone else's stuff simply because it's not theirs.
  2. I'd be very hesitant to accept it as a WW2 cup. A WW2 era cup will have 'fat' bar tack stitches. Here is one I offered for sale a while ago but ended up keeping, this almost certainly is an unissued late WW2 cup with the fat bar tack stitch, you will find the same 'curvy' US marking font on even rarer earlier cup with the X stitch.
  3. That's interesting. I have a helmet with similar taped nco stripe (88th ID) Good to know this was done more often.
  4. Possibly depends on the bag or bin, from what I've heard plastic and cardboard boxes can cause yellowing, but only in the very long run. Your best bet is a wedding dress or archival box and acid free paper to store valuable clothing.
  5. I would use acid free paper or bubble wrap for question number 1 to ensure sufficient air flow (you don't want to suffocate the leather with things like newspapers or plastic foils that leave no room for air). For question 2, I'd avoid leather care products that create some sort of coating on top of the leather, which can also suffocate the leather, I'd personally use body milk or leather care that doesn't leave a coating, but only very sporadically unless you wear it every day, since sweat contains harmful salts and such the leather would require proper nutrition. But the main thing in
  6. I'd keep it in either a dark room but not in a closet, or in a closet but wrapped in acid free paper + in a wedding dress box. Curtains + glass are probably enough to block most of the sun's natural UV rays but the jacket would most certainly be safest in a dark environment that is not too warm and not too cold. This is also why you should prevent storing it in closet with the doors closed since humidity is one of the main concerns when it comes to leather preservation.
  7. The Inland liner could actually be ok from what's visible in the pics.
  8. Looks legit at first glance, but further testing would be recommended. On a side note, while it's true that the red crosses got smaller in size in post war years, you will occasionally see WW2 medic helmets with smaller panels and vice versa. Here's a picture of a 7th army medic taken during the liberation of Dachau in April 1945.
  9. Even if it was bird droppings, if the bird droppings were part of its ww1 history there's no way I'd clean them off, just adds to the history and therefore the value of the piece IMO.
  10. I agree definitely original. You'll see these liners being sold at around 400-500 bucks in good condition, these are one of the most desirable early WW2 liners out there.
  11. fb Schlueters are rare birds in any condition. After a while you'll be able to spot a Schlueter just by looking at the shape of the shell, the curve in the rim is way less pronounced.
  12. There's a 101st intelligence and bombardment squadron I'd look into. The A would possibly identify the wing, with the 43 being the number of plane. I could be completely wrong about this but that's just my first thought seeing it. Good luck.
  13. Sand may have been used in the field as an anti-reflection measure, added to the paint instead of cork. I have a German kriegsmarine helmet that was repainted/camouflaged in almost the exact same way. Nice textured repaint.
  14. Not sure how this will sound but I've used vodka in a spray bottle to get rid of a nasty smell in a wool blanket that was just too hard to bear. It actually helped, might help fight moths too? The alcohol is said to kill of bacteria responsible for the smell, could be toxic enough for larvae? Normally should not damage the fiber or affect the color of your garment but only try this at your own risk. You should Google it some time, swear I'm not making this up.
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