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Ventless M16 field grey - former SS - former SA

Article about: First helmet presentation in this forum I owned this helmet for some years. An M16 with removed vent lugs. I had found only one decal on the right side and did not know where I can place the

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    First helmet presentation in this forum

    I owned this helmet for some years. An M16 with removed vent lugs. I had found only one decal on the right side and did not know where I can place the helmet?

    The mystery was solved by a collector friends. I 've always wondered why a decal on the right side and not on the left? The reason must have been that I had been looking for a Heer eagle. I have not come up with the idea to look for hand-painted runes. A closer look and with good light, a collector friend saw the first white rune and then immediately the second. I also always thought that the helmet has black scratches. Now I know that the helmet is black under the field grey.

    The mystery was solved and a big surprise. Very interesting is the decal on the right side of the helmet ( black / white / red ) is in the running the colors from left to bottom right. And not from right to bottom left. ...the chintrap is deko!

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    The history of the helmet:

    - The helmet was used in the First World War.
    - The vent lugs were removed
    - Got a SA Brown paint
    - Got a SS Black paint + hand painted runes & b/w/r decal
    - Got a field grey paint


    Here are the pictures and a few new detailed images that I have made in daylight. There you can see the colors.

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    The decal:

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    The hand painted runes

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    I have found a number. This could be a service number (Dienstnummer) ?

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    Kind regards
    Basti

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    That's a great "first helmet" to post! Looks like a very nice early example of an SS helmet from what I can see. A hidden gem indeed, good job your friend had good eye sight! Leon.
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    Imagine all the stories this one could tell! Very nice and thank you for showing!

    Mart

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    Very nice find.

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    Great job with the photos and detective work on the "lives" of this helmet! Enjoyed this post! Bob

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    I remember this one from GHW. It is a GREAT piece! Thanks for posting it here so I can drool over it once again. Jim G.

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    Once those SS runes are highlighted in your photo it is fair clear to see them under the paint. But without your photo's I wouldn't have seen them. 4 layers of paint. 4 stories to tell.
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    Indeed, a lot of history in this helmet.

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    Thanks for your reply gentlemen.

    Kind regards
    Basti

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