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  1. Sorry to report that both of your helmets are fake
  2. I'm a German helmet collector and have to say this is absolutely HORRIBLE advice. Do not use any sort of rust treatment, wax or oil on a German helmet...period. It will irreversibly alter the helmet and completely destroy the value. If the helmet is stored properly, the rust will not get any worse. Just enjoy it for what it is.
  3. I think the wrapper is suspicious but the rest of the TR uniforms look like they have a shot. I would say the fez is the real deal as is the transitional helmet (although someone destroyed the value by trying to dig the tricolor out). The Denison smock looks like one I used to own that dated from the 1970s. These are still quite collectible for the connection to N. Ireland etc, but not nearly as valuable as their WWII counterparts. My 2 cents... ps...you should post the TR uniforms on the WAF. They will tell you in a nanosecond if they are good, especially the wrapper.
  4. Yes, I think you have a WWII beret....
  5. Three pics of an original WWII KANGOL beret for comparison...
  6. As Allan mentioned, the beret badge is pinned thru the vent holes. British berets can be tricky to date. Does yours have a leather rectangle sewn in the front opposite the ties? If so, these were used for the "slider" type cap insignia and would date the beret to the post WWII era. From the pics you posted though, I think it may be a WWII vintage beret. One of the things to look for is a looser line of hand stitching below the machine stitching that holds the liner to the band. The loose stitching was used to hold the hessian/buckram liner band reinforcement in place during the manufacturing p
  7. Thanks. That looks like on one of the post-UDI period berets that were made for the Rhodesians in Botswana. Nice piece.
  8. Nice piece....curious who the maker of the beret is?
  9. Interesting topic. Would love to see close ups of the Selous Scouts shirt logo and tag...
  10. That is a textbook later war Quist Luftwaffe M40 single decal. The Quist shells are identifiable at a glance because the vent pressing has a fat "donut" shape to it. Quist shells are also heavier than those of other makers, and the distinct blue color is also a trait of their Luftwaffe M40s. The liner is a later war ersatz/low grade leather hence the flaking. It may also have a sort of strange rubber/chemical smell to it. A lot of these unissued Quist Luftwaffe helmets came home with GIs. The chin straps were issued separately, which is why these helmets typically do not have them (and never d
  11. This group ended unsold at the original bid price. I was able to contact the seller to negotiate a lower price and now own it. The pictures don't do it justice. I will post some better ones when I get a moment....
  12. This is a Luftwaffe M35 Double Decal. It is an early one based on the liner system, and probably dates from the mid-late 1930s. The early liner systems like yours were made with a single ply aluminum band. These were found to be too weak for field use, so later double decals and some single decals were made with aluminum liner bands that have reinforcing strips on each side. Wartime liners were made of steel and/or alloy materials. You can also tell the aluminum liners by the bales (they are also aluminum and have a square shape). That said, it looks like a nice honest helmet that is a little
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