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need help, how to identify a US WW2 Airborne helmet

Article about: Hi folks, I'm a guncollector, on that subject i know a lot. However, i need an original US WW2 airborne helmet 101 or 82nd. How can i identify a reel one from a fake/clone/copy? I'm aware th

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    I thought this may stand a chance, however my concern was with the buckle on the A Yokes, more specifically the roll circled in red.

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    If a Westinghouse liner, it would have cast buckles; an inland would have wire. There is a chance it was rigger modified using a buckle from another piece of gear.

    I hope you don't mind, however I posted this over at USMF. Lot's of knowledgable folks there when it comes to AB lids. Unfortunately, the general consensus is that the A-Yokes are likely reproduction. Unfortunately, that puts the rest of the setup in question. Here's a link to that thread:

    502nd PIR Helmet - STEEL AND KEVLAR HELMETS - U.S. Militaria Forum

    What you really need are better photos of the entire helmet in order for an evaluation to be given. Close-ups of the paint for 502nd mark, interior shots of the liner, etc.

    This helmet would value over $10K if authentic. Unfortunately, a large majority of them are reproduction, hence why each one offered up must be scrutinized.

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    I agree with everything Eric says above.
    Regards
    Rod

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    some more pics i took today












    some other items...











    paco

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    Euro clone liner, no male snaps on the helmet straps, the only thing original about it would be thats its ww2 fixed bail lid.
    Could go on,
    So unfortunately a made up representation.
    Looks good on the dummy though
    Cool looking museum. Looks like he has some good stuff there but not that helmet unfortunately.
    Rod

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    The lid would be nice as a display piece. The collection seems
    to be of many different eras all piled together.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Definitely a euro clone as Rod stated...Those A-Washers are funky looking! I was only able to find one other similar liner and it was ID'd as a liner for a Holland M53...

    I agree with Rod; lot's of cool stuff in that museum, however based on the 502nd lid, I'd tread very carefully with any of the other painted helmets he has on display....

    Good luck!

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    great display, airborne helmet #1

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