M 1940 steel helmet (SSh-40), dated 1950.
Features six point liner attachment and dark olive green
paint typical of the early post-war helmets. Three-pad liner
in black ersatz leather is standard, as so is the chin strap
in tough cotton web fabric. The chins strap comes complete
with original retaining loop and zinc-coated steel hardware.
There is a factory stamp to the inside shell on the back
showing letter Р ("R"), for factory identification, a 1950
date of manufacture, and size 1 (which will easily fit at
least European size 58 or US size 7 ¼). Next to the factory
ink stamp is a numerical code stamped into the metal that
signifies the shift at the forge that produced the metal
sheet for the shell. There is also a star-shaped ink stamp
with a number 227 underneath, an inventory mark added by a
representative of the military unit that received the helmet
from the factory.
The helmet is in very good condition. The shell is
completely free of dents, bumps, cracks or any other
significant flaws. The original coat of paint on the
exterior is extremely well-preserved having only relatively
few scratches and small scuffs, no significant wear or rust.
There is modest amount of surface rust on the inside shell
near the brim, but it does not penetrate deep into the
metal, does not threaten the integrity of the shell, and
does not affect the markings that are still perfectly
legible. The rivets are original and perfectly tight. The
liner, drawstring, chinstrap and hardware are original, have
not been replaced or repaired. The chin strap has minor
amount of staining run-off from the slightly rusted buckle,
otherwise completely sound and presentable. Overall, an
attractive solid example from the early-post war / Korean