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Article about: Hi folks, I found this helmet on a bid board. It is marked with the Kobe Seiko symbol and the Kanji figure for large. It looks like a refurbished helmet and is listed as Thai police. But it

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    Hi folks, I found this helmet on a bid board. It is marked with the Kobe Seiko symbol and the Kanji figure for large. It looks like a refurbished helmet and is listed as Thai police. But it has a leather liner and a star rather than the Thai crest. Any thoughts on this thing?
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    Looks to me like a type 90 but with a later fitted liner, I like it, all depends on the price as these are not cheap

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    A lot of these were used by Thailand after the war. It looks like a good helmet to me, but maybe it has been refurbished.

    Corey

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    Yes, it is clearly a refitted helmet. The liner puzzles me. It is similar to the war time Japanese style but not quite correct. Maybe a custom job?

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    The liner looks like a repro to me original shell har been repainted dont think it is thailand reissue

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    Neil,Here is my helmet. If you want to come over and see it,call me. Rich A. in Pa.
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    Hi Neil , I'd say it is what it was listed as , a Thai re issue that was never used and ended up as surplus again . As you say the liner has a similar design to the Japanese type 90 but is not of the correct materials

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    Rich, Thanks for the offer. I have an original helmet for comparison - two photos here. The shell of the one at auction is original but the liner is very strange. I think it is a custom repro. What do you think the auction helmet is worth? You probably know the auction site since you are so close by. Neil

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    Alan,Thanks.
    Neil,I have not been to Merchants Square in years. To me it is not worth much. It is not a good original helmet. Rich A. in Pa.
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    Rich, I agree, it is not that good looking. I think the shell is period but the rest of it is not correct. It might make a good re-enactment helmet though. But at $60 now (could go higher) it would be better to purchase a new repro. The good WWII material at KD Smith is few and far between these days. NH

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