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Thoughts on a Totenkopf
Old 11-30-2019, 04:19 PM   #1
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Hi everyone.

This was recently offered to me. Is it a stinker? I donít normally touch this stuff.
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Old 11-30-2019, 08:09 PM   #2
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Looks like a nice Deschler. I like it.
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Old 11-30-2019, 08:28 PM   #3
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That's a very nice original, early tombac skull with a beautiful silver finish. Very hard to find in this condition and it's one that most any SS collector would love to have.

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Old 11-30-2019, 09:22 PM   #4
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Nice and original
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Old 11-30-2019, 11:16 PM   #5
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Not a stinker
I'd buy it if offered , very nice early example.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:45 AM   #6
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Why is the finish so different on the front, vs. the rear ?
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Old 12-01-2019, 07:14 AM   #7
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Thanks very much for your advice, Gents. It never ceases to amaze me the knowledge thatís still here. I managed to buy it this morning and itís my first TK. Whatís the history on these early Deschlers?
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Old 12-01-2019, 07:17 AM   #8
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The alloy from which skull was made looks like neusilber.
If you overcleaned the alloy front will be exactly same as visible on this skull.
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Old 12-01-2019, 11:06 AM   #9
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Very nice skull. Nothing more to say.

A keeper for sure!
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Old 12-01-2019, 12:10 PM   #10
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No doubt skull is very nice.
But could be repaired.
Around left prong is visible solid overflow.
On those type of skull it is not common.

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Coogan, I believe that when these insignia were on the visors, the materials that the visors were made of caused the finishes on the back side to evaporate over time. This is why so many eagles and skulls have better finishes on the front side, than they do on the back, imo. That is the case with this skull. Usually, the only ones with near perfect finish on the reverse will be the unissued pieces.

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Old 12-01-2019, 01:45 PM   #12
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The eye and nose holes donít look like they were machine stamped
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Old 12-01-2019, 01:48 PM   #13
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The eye and nose holes donít look like they were machine stamped
Your sugestion comrade ?

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Coogan, I believe that when these insignia were on the visors, the materials that the visors were made of caused the finishes on the back side to evaporate over time. This is why so many eagles and skulls have better finishes on the front side, than they do on the back, imo. That is the case with this skull. Usually, the only ones with near perfect finish on the reverse will be the unissued pieces.

Chris
Thanks for the response. I don't doubt its real, just curious if the front has been polished or cleaned as others suggest.
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