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Wow some great setups here, love the variation! To begin with i just made 3 wooden stands like this to sit on my dresser, for the helmets i had at the time, with some gear from the local hardware. Nice little project on it's own. A couple of months later the helmet list now stands at 11 lol, and i havn't made a single one more! :P I usually have the helmet unit's patch along with it and have been meaning to make plaques for each one, and there's also misc WWII items around them, always changing. I do agree with Ken's setup though, i like the Detolf style glass setups like that from Ikea, they display very nicely! Mine is just filled with 1/6th scale collectibles however, and other WWII stuff at the moment. I have been meaning to get another for the other rarer helmets, and the rest are sitting in a wooden bookshelf at the moment. I like a nice glass display but you need something quite big, they add up quickly! And i don't have the patience to make too many stands, even if i did, where would i then put them?! Will just buy some next time or improv some other item to hold them, i don't like to sit them with pressure on the bales, don't know how weak they are after the years and would hate for one to crack off

Side note, some incredible helmets in your collections all!

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Great displays guys!

 

I have the habit of using Iron or wooden poles , to put the paper roll on that you use in the kitchen to clean up a mess. ( Can not get the name in english :pinch: )

They cost me about 10 $ in the shop and its great material , good height !

 

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" You can manufacture weapons and you can purchase ammunition,

But you can't buy valor and you can't pull heroes off an assembly line ".

 

-Sergeant John B. Ellery-

U.S. 1st Infantry Division

 

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Here is a variation on Bugme's easel, but translucent plastic. Useful as Bugme indicated, but also good for those certain painted M1's on the top shelf! And since it is clear, there are no colors to distract the view. Hmmmm. Did not notice all the dust on the bottm of the shelf?!

 

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I've got about 40 "keepers" and favorites that I rotate through this display from time to time. There are actually two sets of book cases on opposite walls like this. I zig-zagged holes in 3/4" x 10" pine, and plugged in small sections of dowel; tall ones in the rear, short in front. Each dowel is capped with a 2" long piece of 1-1/2" dowel, drilled to fit the small dowel. Almost any liner or helmet will easily fit, can be rotated or tilted as desired, and stays in place. Vertical and horizontal staggered spacing seems to consume less space than other ways I've displayed them over the years.

 

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The whole works pulls apart in a couple minutes, so it can be used for gunshows, etc. - Not real fancy, but versatile and simple.

 

By the way, you guys have sure posted a lot of nice helmets in this thread !!

 

Best regards to all,

 

Paul Walker

Klamath Falls, Oregon


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I guess I'll be the first to say it...I like the look of some dust on a helmet. I just hate the allergies that come along with it.

 

I use pretty traditional methods of helmet display. I have one long shelf (about 14') across the top of one wall of my room that I use to display helmets on foam heads. I then have a bookcase style display with more helmets on heads. I also use some paper towel holders for helmets. I have an m1917 on my wall without liner or chinstrap. I just tied a piece of rope from one bail to the other and use that to hang it on my wall. My absolute favorite method, though, is a full mannequin display, but who's got the money and the space for a bunch of mannequins?


I am interested in buying items from the 9th Infantry Division in WWII (39th, 47th, 60th Infantry Regiments and other subunits)

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I display most of my helmets using retail store stands that I bought years ago for $1 each. Some are chrome and some were painted red which I quickly painted with some spare OD spray paint. Also have a couple of wooden stands too. As you can see I ran out of stands a long time ago, need to find some more.

 

Bryan

 

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“There's not much I can tell you about this war. It's like all wars, I guess.The undertakers are winning.The politicians who talk about the glory of it.The old men who talk about the need of it.The soldiers, well, they just wanna go home.” Jimmy Stewart in Shenandoah

 

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Well Gentleman, I am thoroughly impressed with some of your displays! :thumbsup: I'm even more impressed with many of your helmets! :twothumbup:


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Some nice displays and helmets are shown indeed!

 

I prefer to keep my helmets on glass shelves as this seems to give the least friction to chinstraps and rims. The chinstraps in most cases are kept loose and are not buckled on the rear to avoid tension to the straps and stitching. The chinstraps are tucked under the helmets. I only keep the chinstraps buckled on the rear when its obvious they have been in that position for ages.

 

For a variation of display I use a couple of translucent plastic stands. I had discs of about 8 inches diameter and poles of various lengths made. The poles were glued in the center of the discs. Pieces of felt were glued on top of the poles. These translucent plastic poles are not the cheapest display option but IMO they look nice wihout drawing attention away from the helmets. I won't use such a pole to display a fibre liner as it would cause unwanted pressure in the dome of the liner.

 

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Some of my helmets are on the heads of mannequins (as to be seen in my book) and a couple I keep on styrofoam heads. However I think this causes strain to the headbands and suspension. The chemicals in styrofoam may also have its influence on the suspension. If displayed for a longer period of time this should be considered.

 

Pete

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Interesting you mention that Pete, with the 502 helmet i did for the aging thread here, inside it sits a Hawley liner with para straps i picked up, i always was a bit unsure if resting it on the stand like that was a good idea. I've been keeping an eye on it, and it seems ok, but not something i feel comfortable to do long term, still feel a bit edgy. It can't go anywhere, because it hits the metal of the helmet, stopping it from bending excessively, but it's just the pressure over time that would be the concern. Don't want a permanent indent in there :P Have to be very careful with them obviously, they are insanely fragile!


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I've recently been asked by some collectors as to what the best way is to display helmets. As I looked through my War Room, I can see that I've implemented 5 different ways of displaying helmets myself. So, here are a few ideas that I have and I'm sure many of you have other great ideas so, please feel free to post your comments, ideas, and critiques here. First up is a combination of displays.

 

1) The glass display case to eliminate dust. Clue: it doesn't work! Those little dust guys still find their way into the cabinet but, it does slow the process.

 

2) A wooden display stand within the confines of the afore mentioned "somewhat" dust proof cabinet.

 

3) A wooden plate holder, bought from Hobby Lobby, to hold the M-1917 helmet so as to properly display the painted top.

 

 

I know many collectors use helmet stands to display their helmets, but doesn't this put undue stress on the liners (particularly for WW I helmets which are almost 100 years old)?


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I have just been using our office book shelves but after seeing what you folks have done, I'm rethinking things a bit. All of you have some great displays and some great helmets. Here are some pics of ours, I'm thinking this is gong to have to become a "before" display in need of an "after" in the near future.

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Always looking for uniquely marked helmets, WWI and WWII American Field Service items, WWII and earlier USMC items and named or numbered medals and medal groups.


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I have just been using our office book shelves but after seeing what you folks have done, I'm rethinking things a bit. All of you have some great displays and some great helmets. Here are some pics of ours, I'm thinking this is gong to have to become a "before" display in need of an "after" in the near future.

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Now this is class! I am picturing my stuff in these cases. Love those usmc helmets!!


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I've got about 40 "keepers" and favorites that I rotate through this display from time to time. There are actually two sets of book cases on opposite walls like this. I zig-zagged holes in 3/4" x 10" pine, and plugged in small sections of dowel; tall ones in the rear, short in front. Each dowel is capped with a 2" long piece of 1-1/2" dowel, drilled to fit the small dowel. Almost any liner or helmet will easily fit, can be rotated or tilted as desired, and stays in place. Vertical and horizontal staggered spacing seems to consume less space than other ways I've displayed them over the years.

 

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The whole works pulls apart in a couple minutes, so it can be used for gunshows, etc. - Not real fancy, but versatile and simple.

 

By the way, you guys have sure posted a lot of nice helmets in this thread !!

 

Best regards to all,

 

Paul Walker

Klamath Falls, Oregon

 

Sweet- I love the double stack display. makes it fill up that wall and save space. I'm really getting some good ideas from you all! Nice work all around.


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Helmet 3.

 

this is just plain artistic. you have a great eye and I love how you mix the items in your diplays. Well done!!


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Now this is class! I am picturing my stuff in these cases. Love those usmc helmets!!

 

 

Thanks, the cabinets are in my home office and I'm close to needing a couple more. :lol:


Always looking for uniquely marked helmets, WWI and WWII American Field Service items, WWII and earlier USMC items and named or numbered medals and medal groups.


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Our updated helmet display, it can't hold a candle to many but we are slowly but surely getting there.

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Always looking for uniquely marked helmets, WWI and WWII American Field Service items, WWII and earlier USMC items and named or numbered medals and medal groups.


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