Very happy this week, my newly won early pattern Japanese tropical sun helmet arrived. I got it in an online auction for the princely sum of $50, way below the price I was prepared to pay.
The wicker has collapsed slightly around the rim but apart form that it is in great condition. Dated 1940. Other examples I have seen have a brown leather liner, but this is the canvas pattern similar to the later model sun helmet.
A nice addition to my small but growing IJA headgear group.
Following this I decided to bid on some tunics which were in the same auction and picked up 3 different types. I'll post them once the weather improves so I can take pictures in natural light.