Fake or genuine SS helmet M35/M40?
I have this SS double decal helmet, however, I am not entirely convinced of the authenticity of that helmet. I believe it is a M35 or M40 conversion, if something like this was ever made?
1. It has no visible stamps inside the shell case, i.e. head size, place of production and so on.
2. The vent holes are rather obscure, there is no pressed-in piece as in M35, it is more like M40, i.e. the hole is formed by pressing out the helmet material itself from within. However, there is no lip on the outside.
3. The inside of the helmet appears genuine (the leather strapping), but then again I read somewhere that this design was used also in post-war German helmets.
4. The application of the "SS" decal is not 100% precise, i.e. a white rim is located outside the actual logo (please see photos)
I am quite convinced that this helmet is old, but I have my doubts concerning the originality as such. Could it be an early post-war replica or in fact a genuine helmet produced later during war time, where time and economy was sparse?
The helmet is very dark-gray may be considered black.
03-29-2015 12:53 PM
-Aged and very poor repro decals
-Odd shell. Not ww2 period German at all
-Aged liner and chinstrap, likely not original either --- although I can't say 100% but I'd lean towards this because everything else is bogus...
All in all --- I'm not seeing a single thing that's good here... not even seeing any age to the thing. It's all made up, sorry
Dane, I agree with the the guys the helmet is not a good one.
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Bad decals, reproduction shell, generally fit only for scrap metal.
usually they just repaint a helmet and add deals/liners on an original shell
but this one is not right at all
Hi, sorry to say that the gents have said it all. I hope this did not cost you much money as it has no value I'm afraid. Leon.
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway
Yep - Chinese repro.........