My initial impression is that it is a nice complete Bell L helmet . The liner drawstring looks new and may be a cause for concern. I reserve judgement on the camo as it requires much better pictures that include detailed macro shots in better lighting to determine originality of paint.
You may have a gem or a fabrication, please post better pictures.
I Agree with John A Bell helmet the air vents tell the story.
I do see a lot of red flags here.
Not sold on the camo.
I will try to get some better pictures. I got this helmet along with a Veterans pipe and Veterans Schnapps flask from a gentleman who said he has had the helmet for over 40 years. He is 93 and flew P-51s in Italy during WWII. I have been collecting for over 20 years, so I know to "buy the item and not the story." I do not proclaim to be an expert on anything, so I appreciate the feedback. I have searched a number of books and sites and have never seen a camo pattern like this? I will try to get some better pictures this evening.
Thanks for your comments.
Any particular areas of the paint and helmet that will help? All the pads are present, should I untie one to see what the pad looks like?
- - Updated - -
I will post pictures of the Pipe and Flask in another thread.
Last edited by relicz; 06-12-2013 at 12:36 PM.