Got the helmet today and I like it. Only "thing" is that the previous owner - due to the strict German Laws - had placed a sticker on the swastica, and when he removed it - the sticker left some glue which he tried to remove Thus making the swastica more clean than the rest of the decal.
Any idea why the red thread is attached to the chin strap? Did it have a purpose or is it just added post war without any function?
Depending on who the seller was I would say it was for a price tag.
I have bought from a german dealer who uses tags with red cotton.
" When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "