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H-299a

German Luftwaffe Fantastic Woodchip Camouflage Model 1938 Paratrooper Helmet

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  • $ 11,500
  • Regular price $ 13,500


German Luftwaffe Fantastic Woodchip Camouflage Model 1938 Paratrooper Helmet-This German Luftwaffe Paratrooper helmet has an amazing woodchip camouflage finish that remains nearly fully intact! It has a very rough texture to which a tan and green finish has been added. These remains an outstanding 98% intact and would rate among the top five Paratrooper helmet exteriors I’ve ever owned! I have now owned over 950 Paras so I do take this ranking seriously. It has the First Style spanner bolts which are still totally covered by the camouflage scheme. These have never ever been touched. You have to see it in person to believe it! It is just gorgeous. Now, moving to the interior, which unfortunately has not fared as well as the exterior. It looks like it may have been exposed to moisture as there is some minor surface rust around the lower skirt and some corrosion on the linerband. The brown leather liner is discolored and missing some pieces. The liner does show signs of wear from use, with moderate scuffing to the lower edge and wear by the harness. All of this, of course, happened before the damage from exposure so this saw quite a bit of action! Overall, I will rate the leather as fair because I wish to be conservative. What remains of the liner is quite soft still. The same is true for the harness, which is missing a small piece off of one end, and is somewhat fragile with evidence of one repair. All of the liner pads are intact. Most of this would not be seen while the helmet was on display. The shell is stamped on the side of the interior “ET 68”, which indicates this helmet was produced by Eisenhuttenwerke of Thale (which was the exclusive maker of Paratrooper shells during the course of the war) in the size of 68. The rear of the skirt is stamped with the production lot number of “1337”, indicating this shell was most likely produced some time in 1942. A fabulous looking helmet that will make for a quite impressive display piece!