Here you can see the nazi party decal. You can see where the biker left off the black paint so the "cool looking nazi sign" poked out.
Luckily the interior survived. You can see the original luftschutz blue, and the police apple green repaint. The liner is named and it, along with the chinstrap are in pretty good shape considering the hell they went through (I've seen our grinder rip apart a car door...)
I feel so bad that I wasn't able to save it from its fate of being grinded. In it's current condition, it's worthless. As such, I'm getting it restored so it looks like it was damaged in the war, and not in an industrial tub grinder.
That is too bad someone had to trash it.
the liner looks in good condition.
Here's the rest of my small collection. Not pictured are a Spanish Modelo Z, French M26, British turtle, and the shell of a M1 fixed bale, front seam along with some German feldpost letters and postcards, American ration booklets, and a Chilean Mauser style bayonet.
Nice collection,good display.
Way to go Chris! You are keeping your eyes peeled for deals. You must be getting too much sleep. Give your wife a break old boy!
Courage is not the lack of fear, it is the ability to take action, no matter the cost.
Do you mind if I ask your strategy for collecting helmets? How did you come across two great helmets in the same week?
Where do you look? Online at antique stores? Yard sales?