This piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Bill Shea so rather than describe it myself I will just use his words:
Named Model 1938 Luftwaffe Paratrooper Single Decal Helmet - This example retains approximately 80% of its smooth textured dark green/grey finish. The Luftwaffe eagle decal has toned nicely, remaining an impressive 95% intact. This has the early first type spanner bolts, which are all original to the helmet. Inside, the brown leather liner is fully intact. There is a moderate amount of discoloration and a few tears in the lining. Some of the stitches that hold the center section together are missing. You can see the ink stamps for the maker and size 68 shell and 57 liner. Lightly written in pencil under the maker's information, looks like the name Brunner. This could be a possible research project! The aluminum linerband and the seven light colored (early production) foam pads are fully intact (pads are stiff). The grey leather harness with felt liner has moderate scuffing and has tearing on both sides where the straps form the "Y". It is fragile but still together. The shell is stamped on the side of the interior "ET 68", which indicates production by Eisenhuttenwerke of Thale (the exclusive maker of Paratrooper helmets during the entire course of the war) in the size of 68. The rear of the skirt is stamped with the low production lot number of "703". A sound, representative example! Current Fair Market Value: $7000.00.
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