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Camo Helmet Italian M.33? Decal?

Article about: I was able to pick up this helmet in trade for a Bundeswehr mess kit. To me, it appears to be a proper WWII vintage Italian M.33 due to the smaller vents, gray/green leather chin strap, and

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    Default Camo Helmet Italian M.33? Decal?

    I was able to pick up this helmet in trade for a Bundeswehr mess kit. To me, it appears to be a proper WWII vintage Italian M.33 due to the smaller vents, gray/green leather chin strap, and square chinstrap bales. It's stamping reads: P10, which matches the wartime stampings I've seen on this website: ITALIANO 1933

    Ontop of that all, it's a larger size and fits my HUGE head!

    TWO QUESTIONS:
    1. Is this a legit camouflage helmet? The top layer of paint certainly looks old, and it is crazing everywhere.

    2. Is there a decal on the front of this helmet? I know better pics are required! But to me, it looks like someone went digging for a decal before I owned this helmet. I do THINK I see feathers from a WW2 Fascist Italian Army decal...

    So, fellows... What do you think!?

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    Here are close up, macro shots of the "decal" area. I'll take better pictures in natural sunlight tomorrow (it's nearly 8pm here)...Click image for larger version. 

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    Any opinions?

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    Looks like someone painted over the original color, long ago, so it may be camo, at least in my (amateur) opinion. I have no idea on the decal.

    Maybe a expert can chime in and give their opinion?

    Nitram

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    Let's get some experts to chime in here please

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    Thanks for the comments, guys!

    I'm thinking if there is a decal, it could be similar to one the one seen on the helmet found in this thread: my italian m33 helmets

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    Looking at the pictures of James' helmet, I'd agree that if there was a decal, that would be it. Though in your case it seems to be positioned lower than James'.

    Just my observations.

    Nitram

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    This is what I traded to get the helmet:

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    Hi Giz , if you look at the helmet shown by Meyle77 yours has the same texture of paint and undercoat so could be a Spanish re issue , the helmet looks great
    REGARDS AL

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    Quote by Alan M View Post
    Hi Giz , if you look at the helmet shown by Meyle77 yours has the same texture of paint and undercoat so could be a Spanish re issue , the helmet looks great
    Indeed it does! Perhaps the four marks on the front of my helmet are NOT where someone went digging for a decal, but are instead where a metal eagle insignia were once attached?

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