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Japanese Civil Defense Helmet. Real or Fake?

Article about: Hello All! I recently purchased this helmet at the Reading WW2 weekend in Reading, PA. I bought it for \\$130 at the military flea market. To be honest, I am very worried about whether or not

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    Default Japanese Civil Defense Helmet. Real or Fake?

    Hello All!

    I recently purchased this helmet at the Reading WW2 weekend in Reading, PA. I bought it for $130 at the military flea market.

    To be honest, I am very worried about whether or not this helmet is authentic. The seller couldn't tell me much about it, but he told me a rather convincing story about how he obtained it. He told me that he travels to Japan on a regular basis to pick up militaria from a collector there. He told me about the trip, Japanese culture, he spoke some Japanese...

    A Japanese helmet was the only helmet from a major power missing from my modest WW2 collection. I took a blind leap of faith and purchased the helmet. What do you guys think? Did I make out okay?

    The things that worry me are that it is supposed to be civil defense helmet yet it has a star like an infantry helmet. Also, the liner looks too good to be true.







    Thanks for all your help!

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    Default Re: Japanese Civil Defense Helmet. Real or Fake?

    this a civil defense helmet,,,combat helmets have a six fingered leather liner not a head sock like this one,and the shape of the combat helmet is different too...more pointed as you go towards the top

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    Default Re: Japanese Civil Defense Helmet. Real or Fake?

    So it is authentic?

    I am not able to find any markings inside the helmet. Also, the rivets are secure, but seem very loose.

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    Default Re: Japanese Civil Defense Helmet. Real or Fake?

    yes it is authentic too...

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    Default Re: Japanese Civil Defense Helmet. Real or Fake?

    Sorry to bug you! Would you say the $130 I paid for it was a fair price?

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    Default Re: Japanese Civil Defense Helmet. Real or Fake?

    i think you paid a fair price for it,,,

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    Default Re: Japanese Civil Defense Helmet. Real or Fake?

    I explained to the vendor that I am a high school history teacher and I was looking for a Japanese helmet to round off my collection and share with my students. He cut the price down from $150. Overall I'm very pleased with myself!

    Thank you so much for your help!

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