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Posted 5 years ago


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Hello! This is my M1916 German helmet. That someone chromed to use as a motorcycle helmet. Pictured next to it, Is the other German helmet they used in WWI. The Pickelhaube.

QUESTION, Restore, to original condition, Camo it, Or Make it a early Heer transitional helmet.


  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Sell it to another biker. It's historical value is ruined.
  2. Driewer Driewer, 5 years ago
    I will agree, its history is has been washed away, but its a real shell, and is better then a reproduction.

    Its still a very cool item to hold.
  3. Driewer Driewer, 5 years ago
    Alot of Museum's use reproduction items, As originals are extremely expensive. Or Original restored helmets.
  4. Driewer Driewer, 5 years ago
    Thanks Bellin68 :)
  5. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 5 years ago
    If I owned it, I'd give it a good going over with steel wool, then paint a WWI camo pattern on it, and try to be as accurate with pattern and color as I could. When an historical item is this badly altered, you can't loose any more historical value (or cash value) with a coat of paint, and it could be both a learning process and you'd have an M1916 to display untill you got something better.

    I bet after trying to authentically match paint and design on a project like this, you'd probaly not get fooled by a someone else's repainted helmet. Working with color helps develop a memory for it.
  6. petey petey, 5 years ago
    I agree with everything that has been said, however at the back of my mind I cant help thinking that at some point the helmet will become historical in its own right. Although I hate to see a messed about helmet, there will come a time when someone will say, "I wish I could get hold of one of those original motorcycle helmets that was converted from a German helmet back in the 70's 80's". At which point this will happen, I dont know, when more people collect them?, after so many years? but at least you will have one !!
  7. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 5 years ago
    Good point Petey. Some people already are expressing interest in the "Surfer's Cross" (German Iron Cross copies that were a fad with surfers and bikers) along with "Rat Fink" cartoons by Ed Roth.
  8. Militarist Militarist, 5 years ago
    I'd keep it as is. Get a liner for it so it can be worn and then wear or use it as a gimmick or trade mark item at gun shows flea markets etc.

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