The chinstrap is without doubt a replacement. But as I am unable to enlarge the pictures it is difficult to give an answer about the helmet. Although I would say that the side view seems to show the correct shape of the lower part of the skull. Most repro's seem to have this rather straight.
having had time to look at it again... the peak seems to have been attached in a rather odd fashion... Almost as though it has been stitched on and then folded down. larger photo's are required to really tell. This should be compared to the one posted by CampX. Now there can be no doubt about that one!
Last edited by HARRY THE MOLE; 10-11-2014 at 11:15 AM.
Books published to date... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack - Andersonstown'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.
Absolutely original. A rather rare Garde Tsapka. One thing the fakers never get right are the liner "fingers". They are ALWAYS square, like yours, on an original. The peak is also 100% correct.
looks good like it.
Looks official, it's a M15 prussian guard, right...?!