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    M 1940 steel helmet (SSh-40), dated 1950.

    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 ). 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 War era.

    Item# 33863


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