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About Hauptmann

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    Carrington, North Dakota
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    All types of militaria from many countries and periods.
    Metal detecting.
    Coin/currency/stamp collecting (U.S. & Foreign).
    Collecting pocket watches.
    Collecting pocket & sheath knives.
    Collecting antique lock & keys.
    Science Fiction.
    Collecting movies & television series.
    Model building.
    Computers and computer/console gaming.
    Sherlock Holmes
    Lost ships and aircraft: Titanic, Lusitania, Andrea Dorea, Hindenburg to name but a few.

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  1. Hi Drugo. Many thanks for getting with me on this. I totally agree... I do NOT want to do a full blown restoration ie: stripping, etc. I simply want to clean it as well as I can and preserve it. I also agree it's a fairly nice one. Yes, was one of the Spanish CW ones. Was hand picked for me and I'm extremely grateful to the seller. However, on doing some reading my understanding is that oxalic acid is nothing to be fooled around with, can be extremely dangerous, etc. Not something I'd prefer to mess around with. Not even sure it's something I could easily come by. Can you recommend something else that is safer to work with that would give basically the same results? Also re: the leather, the seller thought it was white which he said was an early type so was going by that. As far as caring for that would saddle soap be good to use? (NOTE: I just checked that out and am leaving this for the benefit of others... seems saddle soap is not good as they tend to use lye in making it and it's very alkaline... so not good. So I'll go with the hand cream after cleaning with water as you suggested.) :-) Totally understand re: removing the liner. I looked inside as best I could and see that it appears there are metal tabs that are folded over, and I know that given the thin metal, age, etc., if bent they'd likely break off. So I won't even attempt that. But again, the oxalic acid is something that unless it's the only alternative (if I could even obtain it) I'd prefer to stay away from and use something safer if at all possible. I'll stay in a holding pattern for now. I'm in no rush on this as I'd rather take the time and do it right so it can be passed down for generations to come. Also I will take more pics as I proceed and be happy to keep posting them over time to show progress. Again many thanks for your help! Looking forward to your next reply.
  2. Hi all. I know enough about Italian field gear/helmets, etc., to be just above dangerous. LOL! Recently obtained this one and would like to find out what I can about it... should it be restored at all? I'm mostly thinking just lots of cleaning, leather cleaning/preservation, etc., not a full blown strip down, repaint, etc. But again want to hear opinions, etc. Literally when it came it it had dirt and rust flakes falling off of it. Most came off in the original shipping box. I left it in the plastic bag it was in till a few minutes ago when I took it out, brushed it off (outside) as best and carefully as I could, then cleaned it with some Jungle Jake cleaner/degreaser and paper towels. Seems to have the white leather liner which I've heard is early. Is this correct? A size 60 which is great as I prefer to collect the larger sizes. So far I can't see any markings inside the helmet itself but again haven't even attempted to clean in there yet. What is the proper way to (carefully) remove the liner in order to deal with what that needs and to clean out the interior of the helmet? Hoping some of you that know about these things will kick in and give me an education. Many thanks! God bless, Dan
  3. Grand Cross/1st Class = Sash badge, Breast Star. Grand Officer/2nd Class = Neck Order, Breast Star. Commander/3rd Class = Neck Order. Officer/4th Class = Gold finish, worn from chest suspended from triangular ribbon. Knight/5th Class = Silver finish, worn from chest suspended from triangular ribbon.
  4. Many thanks!!!! That's terrific... have a first name now. Think I'll try and grab it. :-) Thank you so much!
  5. Hi all, Considering a WW1 war medal named to: 5651 PTE.F.WATSON. 9-LOND.R. I try to get Watson named medals when I can. Wondered if any of our members might be able to help me with any info on this individual? Many thanks in advance! Dan
  6. Nearly forgot... have another but it's on a M88 Commission rifle. There were other markings on another of the barrel bands but I don't have pics and they're all X'd out anyway.
  7. Okay, have another one if someone can help... this one on a DWM 1921 Artillery. Many thanks!
  8. Hi all, I've posted this in the firearms section but wanted to put here too in case one of our members who reads Russian might see it quicker. Could someone please translate the inscription on this Hungarian FEG for me? Many thanks in advance! Dan
  9. Hi all, Can anyone translate the inscription on this FEG? Many thanks in advance! Dan
  10. Just saw this one. Again my DEEPEST thanks for all this info you've found. I really appreciate it. :-) Merry Christmas!
  11. Well, no replies yet. Managed to get some further info on a note included when the medal arrived: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hastings_Russell,_12th_Duke_of_Bedford Pretty interesting info. Dan
  12. Hi all. I managed to win said 1911 King George V Medal, privately named to Sir William Fleming Russell Kt. I wondered if anyone might be able to provide me with any information on Sir William? I believe I found a couple of pictures of him (by Bassano Ltd.) and a small amount of information (1851-1925) President of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. Hoping some of our members might be able to provide more information on him. Many thanks in advance! Dan
  13. Many thanks for the additional info. It may take me a bit as the den has a ton of extra stuff in it right now and I'll have to dig around to find it... but soon as I can I'll be happy to do good scans (originals were pics the seller took) and can either post or can send them over to you... whatever is best. God bless, Dan
  14. Thanks Richie. Was hoping someone would jump in. I'm not familiar with many individual German units from WW1 so need any help I can get on this one. So far it's the only firearm I have which is specifically unit marked. So would love to learn all I can about it's history and the history of the unit to which it belonged. God bless, Dan
  15. Hi all. Posted this down in the firearms section... lots of looks but no replies. Hoping perhaps someone in this section might be able to help. Would like help re: a unit ID and any info on same, if possible re: the unit marking on one of my artillery Lugers. Many thanks in advance for any info. God bless, Dan
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