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Former dd luft - any opinions would be appreciated

Article about: Got this one in the mail today. I posted it previously with really poor photos. I picked it up for \\$300.00. It was a DD helmet but unfortunately the tri-color decal was scratched off a long

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    Default Former dd luft - any opinions would be appreciated

    Got this one in the mail today.
    I posted it previously with really poor photos.
    I picked it up for $300.00.
    It was a DD helmet but unfortunately the tri-color decal was scratched off a long long time ago IMHO.
    Now that I have it in hand I took lots of photos and would like opinions.
    No dome stamp present but looks like initials of the soldier in that area.
    Also looks like vet scratched his name and ASN in the helmet.
    Any thoughts on:
    1. decal
    2. liner original to helmet?
    3. chinstrap original to helmet?
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    The exterior looks good except for the white paint on the decal , could have been done by kids.
    I do fear the leather has been replaced. In a helmet in that condition and with an alu band it loses its oval shape.

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    Thanks for your input.
    To me whoever touched it up did so very carefully.
    It is really hard to paint thin lines between the existing lines like that.
    I think whoever did it was an adult. Maybe the vet who brought it back or the German.

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    Hi, agreed, it has been touched up, that said, I have seen much worse efforts and as you will already know Anton, the tri- colour on this one would have been removed to adhere to the 1940 decal drop regulation. Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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    Could this have been a former whitewash helmet?
    If you blow up the photos you will see what appears to be traces of a white substance.

    VET ID'D as Harold W Sherhart 17049923 from North Dakota born 1922

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    For $300 it's worth the risk. It's worth that much in parts. Named and FP # I would have bought it for 300 despite the white paint touch up.

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    Found the vet.

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    Name: Harold W Sherhart
    Birth Year: 1922
    Race: White, citizen (White)
    Nativity State or Country: North Dakota
    State of Residence: North Dakota
    County or City: Ransom

    Enlistment Date: 5 Mar 1942
    Enlistment State: Minnesota
    Enlistment City: Fort Snelling
    Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
    Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
    Grade: Private
    Grade Code: Private
    Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
    Component: Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of
    Source: Civil Life

    Education: 4 years of high school
    Marital Status: Single, without dependents
    Height: 71
    Weight: 161
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