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A nice original M17 WWI German Combat helmet
with hand painted camouflage pattern typical
of the period. Many of these original
examples show fading or subdued colours lost
to time but this example is still relatively
bright and detailed. The brush strokes and
paint drips are clearly evident with each
section still clearly defined with a black
border. These un-messed with examples are
becoming increasingly hard to find and post
war reproductions are rampant due to the
desirability. The leather liner and cloth
pouches on the rearare still intact although very dry
and with some water or blood staining in
places, the metal liner band is solid and
does not look as though it has ever been out
of the helmet. The cloth pouches to the rear
of the leather liners would have been
stuffed with horse hair or similar
cushioning material. The inner rim of the helmet
bears two sets of initials indicating two
wartime owners, the first "AK" is in the
form of a monogram and the larger "EK" both
clearly readable. The helmet is clearly
stamped ET64 ( Eisenhuttenwerke ) based in
Thale, with 64 being the head size.
The helmet has taken on a lovely handling patina and is a great display
item. I may well choose not to let this
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