As you said, the paint, liner and chinstrap are all obviously fake. The finish is applied over pitting. It is a real M16 shell, but essentially worthless from a collector's point of view.
This Shell has been tampered with from top to bottom...A patched hole on Top of the Shell, and the two Split-Pins on the Rear Skirt indicate Postwar Fire-Department Use - Attachments for the Leather Neck-Guard- I advise passing on this example...
Thanks helmet2id i got it cheap by WW1 German helmet standards i was just worried that shell was fake as well
Shell is real but a relic that has been reworked.
My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them
"Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)
well you live and learn
It could be an M16 or an M17!...
It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.
I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...
I think i might add that seller did point out the the paint and liner were not original he was just not 100% on the shell. just to let you know he was not a con artist.
The only difference between an M16 and an M17 is the liner band. Leather in M16, and metal in M17. As Gunny said, it could be either.
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'.