The latest edition to my collection is this rather battered Jager zu Pferde helmet which is probably a battlefield pick-up. The helmet looks as though it may have fallen victim to an air-burst. The Wappen has taken a hit and been decapitated, there are several tiny puncture holes (not rust holes) and one larger hole to the rear. Whatever caused the larger hole also went through the liner, but there are no signs of the so-called 'blood-rot' which so many believe in. But I am not one of them! A few of the chin-scales are missing, and the skull of the helmet is distorted. part of the trim is also missing from the right-side of the neck. There are no makers-marks, and the only markings on it are a number 5 behind the Wappen, and another 5 stamped inside. The owner's initials are carved into the liner. The entry hole to the skull could have proven fatal - or at the very least it would have caused severe injury to the back of the head. I shall now retire to my shed and dig out the emery cloth, sander, and whatever else I need to remove the rust.