I thought it looked quite good with seemingly equal aging on the decal and the helmet shell. One other question: Are soldiers generally killed by the shrapnel that leaves holes on helmets such as this one, or do the damages occur after the helmet has been removed?
I guess helmets could sustain substantial damage both in wear and simply by lying on the ground in a heated battle situation. I don't think the soldier would have had a very pleasent day if the damage occurred while he was wearing that particular helmet..
Whats the overall opinion? Positive or negative?
I don't see any obvious signs of it having issues... you should get the additional photos though and try to get the attention of the SS helmet/decal experts
Is the Helmet coming direct from the Diggers ?
The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings
get more photos of decal but at this point it is good as a relic helmet and until decal photos are in that is all we can hope to say as we can't see it brilliantly
I am not sure but the helmet is being sold in wyoming by someone who seems to be very connected with diggers. His website shows most of the articles being found in the field that are for sale.
knowing that i would say a yes it looks good you can alwasy remove decal if it turns fake but i don't think it is
That was my thinking too, the one thing that gave my more faith in this specimen was that the patterns of rust and decay cary on through the decal and not under it when you look closely. But since I am no expert I wanted to make sure.