This is a rare shipboard grey IJN helmet that I recently picked up. The badge looks original to the helmet. It was painted in the classic blue grey shipboard coloration, but later received a dark grey coat of paint that partially covered the badge. I would describe it as a dark gunmetal grey. Undoubtedly period done, the paint shows the patina and wear one hopes to see. The liner is missing two pads, but the remaining one is the correct Navy pad with horsehair stuffing. I presume that the chinstrap is original to the helmet. It looks to have been there forever and also seems to be complete. There is a marking inside the helmet, but I do not know what it says. Almost looks like a kanji numeral. I have been wanting a shipboard lid for a while, and I couldn't resist when I saw this one.
Has anyone seen similar lids with this dark grey overpaint?