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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:35 pm 
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Side posts. I have a couple of chin strap side posts which are grey metal but not magnetic. I'm sure they are genuine.
Can anyone confirm whether they were ever made from alloy, or were they all steel as the "good books" say?

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 Post subject: Re: Side posts
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 4:08 am 
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I just did a quick ran up thrue my helmets with a magnet and must say that all my fieldgrey helmets (only collect these)are al magnetic

Just guessing
if you scratch a bit on a place not to visible for damage is that material soft or hard
If soft could indicate on aluminum

I have seen helmets that had parts made out of aluminum (counter plate for the spike) so why not also the side posts made of aluminum

If possible a pic would be easy to clarify that

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:54 am 
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Was there not zinc also?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 3:42 pm 
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Thanks Chaps.

I've now done some serious scraping and find that they are in fact brass. The level of brass alloy must have changed as they are certainly not "as brass" as my others, in fact these are almost as grey as steel, but I can just detect a hint if gold lustre.

Thanks for your help.

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Great to hear that you you came across your answer
they might have darkened so much over the years that it was hard to see which material they were made of

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