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Is this an Italian M33 or Bulgarian?

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    Is this an Italian M33 or Bulgarian? And if so how can you tell?

    Appreciate the help..
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    Default Re: Is this an Italian M33 or Bulgarian?

    I don't actually own one, but you have a WW2 Italian one
    Look here (note the chin straps) - HELMETS HELMET COLLECTION HELMET ITALY
    And here's Two Bulgarian types (shots taken from my favorite seller of Bulgarian helmets)
    Regards
    René

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    Hi, the helmet you own is postwar imo. I don't collect italian stuff but colour and chinstrap mark it as such. WW2 helmets had leather chinstrap. Another difference is the size of the vent hole in the rivets.
    Regards

    Matt

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    Quote by Zeller View Post
    Hi, the helmet you own is postwar imo. I don't collect italian stuff but colour and chinstrap mark it as such. WW2 helmets had leather chinstrap. Another difference is the size of the vent hole in the rivets.
    Your right Zeller, I didn't zoom in on the shots and looked leather in the smaller pictures, whoopsy
    Regards
    René

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    Hi Renč,
    the leather chinstrap is gray-green colour. I will post some shots of the few I have.
    Regards

    Matt

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    Quote by Zeller View Post
    Hi Renč,
    the leather chinstrap is gray-green colour. I will post some shots of the few I have.
    Thanks Zeller, I'd love to see them as one day in the future I'd like to buy one.
    Regards
    René

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    thanks guys..

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    I would also agree it's a post WWII Italian helmet, the thick large rivets are definitely Italian.
    Last edited by battle gear; 05-29-2010 at 03:42 AM.

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    definately a postwar m33 i can only compare to my ww2 helmet it has a leather chin strap also where the liner cord goes through the leather fingers i notice metal washers on your which i dont have and lastly i notice a Z shape stitching on the rear of the liner mine has 2 horizontal bands of stiching instead hope this helps james

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    Default Re: Is this an Italian M33 or Bulgarian?

    nice helmet
    although i have to admit that i personally find these to be the ugliest of all headgear made since WWI lol

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