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Old 12-13-2017, 03:15 PM   #16
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Thanks James,

What's your opinion on the chinstrap and kokarden?

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Old 12-14-2017, 09:57 PM   #17
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Excellent looking helmet Chuck, it's a real beauty!

The white rings on the 2-kokardes may possibly have been repainted at some time in the past.

Chinstrap: 1-end looks to be steel. Are the other fittings on the chinstrap nickel silver? (they look nickel silver from photos, instead of brass. Maybe it's just my eyes getting old.)

Non-Vented backspine is 100% correct for Field Artillery (because they were mounted, compared to Foot artillery which would have a vented backspine.)

The unit marking to the 63rd Field Artillery Reg't is fantastic, and the icing on the cake is the personal label inside to a soldier from that same regiment. Fantastic!

Thanks for sharing photos of this great looking helmet! Congratulations!

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Old 12-15-2017, 12:01 AM   #18
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Thanks Alan... It's good to hear from you. The hardware may very well be nickel silver... good observation. If so, would verdigris grow on it same as brass? And, what would that indicate? The steel fitting was painted silver. What do you think of the ribbed leather? First one I've encountered.

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Old 12-16-2017, 04:11 PM   #19
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The hardware may very well be nickel silver... good observation. If so, would verdigris grow on it same as brass? And, what would that indicate? The steel fitting was painted silver. What do you think of the ribbed leather? First one I've encountered.
Hi Chuck,

Yes, the verdigris will grow on nickel silver fittings such as with this chinstrap of yours.

The fine lines in the black finish on the front of the chinstrap are the first time I've seen this as well. My thoughts are that the chinstrap came from a Private Purchase enlisted man's helmet that would have used a nickel silver fitted chinstrap such as this one. The chinstrap doesn't appear to have been repaired, but what else would explain the 1-steel lug on one end of the chinstrap. Probably done years ago, possibly even during the time period maybe? Who knows?

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Old 12-27-2017, 03:58 PM   #20
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