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Should I restore this m1 helmet shell or Should I keep it the same?


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Blacksmith

In my opinion, it’s worth more as a curio piece of biker art than any restore attempt would leave it.

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AMT500E

anything you could do for it would be an improvement

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FT.Monmouth1943

You can find much better examples than that one for $90 or less. You should save your money for something better. 
 

- Jakob

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manayunkman

Did it sell?

 

You’ll find a better helmet here on the forum.

 

What kind of helmet do you want?

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helmut
9 hours ago, FT.Monmouth1943 said:

You can find much better examples than that one for $90 or less. You should save your money for something better. 
 

- Jakob

It's bit late like one month late

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2 hours ago, helmut said:

It's bit late like one month late

So, you purchased it and then asked about what you should do with it? You may have wanted to ask that question first. 

 

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dmar836

I wish you wouldn't have done that, Bugme. That really hurt my eyes this early on D-Day!

Dave

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helmut
9 hours ago, Bugme said:

So, you purchased it and then asked about what you should do with it? You may have wanted to ask that question first. 

 

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maybe or maybe not

 

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2 hours ago, dmar836 said:

I wish you wouldn't have done that, Bugme. That really hurt my eyes this early on D-Day!

Dave

Your welcome.

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helmut
22 hours ago, Blacksmith said:

In my opinion, it’s worth more as a curio piece of biker art than any restore attempt would leave it.

I do agree in some aspects. I agree that it is a interesting piece but I think whoever did was not terribly smart.

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helmut

It still has some of the OG paint on the inside

 

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manayunkman
1 hour ago, helmut said:

I do agree in some aspects. I agree that it is a interesting piece but I think whoever did was not terribly smart.

Why aren’t they smart?

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helmut
16 minutes ago, manayunkman said:

Why aren’t they smart?

cuz WHO IN GODS NAME WOULD DO THAT TO A WW2 SHELL

 

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dmar836

These used to be $5 even into the later 1990s. There are many that were used to make folk art projects and even lawn ornaments through the decades. Few non-collectors would know if the shell was WWII or 1980s. A friend of mine has an M-1 "turtle" in a flower bed in front of his house. Not smart is buying it without asking unless you wanted such a painted shell. But that's just my opinion of it.

 

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ludwigh1980

Interesting piece. In the 60-70's these helmets had little value compared to what they are today. If the Artwork is indeed original to the period. it is actually worth more as a biker culture/ motorcycle helmet than a piece of militaria. I have seen vets take their helmet that they were issued being an M-1 or even a flight helmet and repurpose it as a motorcycle helmet. Just because a helmet has been say redecorated, if done during the period (for example hippy peace rally helmets) it can be worth a substantial amount. I have seen original hippy decorated helmets bring close to $1000 at auction. 

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helmut
28 minutes ago, dmar836 said:

These used to be $5 even into the later 1990s. There are many that were used to make folk art projects and even lawn ornaments through the decades. Few non-collectors would know if the shell was WWII or 1980s. A friend of mine has an M-1 "turtle" in a flower bed in front of his house. Not smart is buying it without asking unless you wanted such a painted shell. But that's just my opinion of it.

 

I do agree that it may have not been a good idea to purchase this helmet specially for $81.48 but I guess we all learn from mistakes.

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manayunkman
2 hours ago, helmut said:

cuz WHO IN GODS NAME WOULD DO THAT TO A WW2 SHELL

 

What really is at stake here is that this is an M1C.

 

They lack More judgement than we thought.

 

 

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helmut
52 minutes ago, manayunkman said:

What really is at stake here is that this is an M1C.

 

They lack More judgement than we thought.

 

 

How do you tell if it is?

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Dave T
1 hour ago, manayunkman said:

It has male snaps on chinstrap.

Yes, but it appears they are post WWII chinstraps which appear to be clipped on the loops. I could be wrong but I dont think the 50s/60s era jump helmets are that uncommon.

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manayunkman

They look sewn on to me.

 

I don’t see any metal clips.

 

So Helmut what are the straps like?

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Dave T

Isnt this a 1970s clip-on? I think I have a 70s era helmet somewhere. I will have to look and see if its the same/similar.

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