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Mercedes-Benz Feuerwehr helmet- fake?

Article about: Here's a helmet I'm interested in a verdict on- I'm sceptical about the Mercedes logo on what I presume is an otherwise good helmet. Quick research shows that people sell stencils for this,

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    Default Mercedes-Benz Feuerwehr helmet- fake?

    Here's a helmet I'm interested in a verdict on- I'm sceptical about the Mercedes logo on what I presume is an otherwise good helmet. Quick research shows that people sell stencils for this, which I'm guessing this is a product of, but I have no idea if it could be good or not- or if these were even ever stencilled like this. If they were, is it even possible to differentiate between original and contemporary addition?

    I look forward to hearing any input on this one. Apologies for the not-so-great photos, I unfortunately rushed while taking them. Hopefully someone can tell either way from what you can see here anyway.

    Thanks, Mat
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    it is what it is.

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    I would be cautious about the more well known firms ( Heinkel, Messerschmitt etc... ) but some of the ones that turn up have the most obscure companies on them......? I have an ARADO logo'd helmet that divides opinion too - but a close examination does not indicate the stencil was added in recent times.......

    I think because period photos are not forthcoming, people err of the side of 'not original'

    Dan
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    The whole thing looks wartime to me a lot of those companies as stated had their own fire fighting services and I'd say the bigger the company the more they had. Looks fine to me IMO. timothy

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    Looks like a nice original helmet but would be sceptical of the stencil as it exactly matches the ones available on ebay.

    Chris
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    Quote by radidas View Post
    Looks like a nice original helmet but would be sceptical of the stencil as it exactly matches the ones available on ebay.

    Chris
    Original helmet "sexed up" with a stencil, i'd give it a miss!....
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    I agree with Gunny and Radidas on this one it might be an original helmet but there are so many of these stencils and examples of these stenciled helmets floating around I would want some pretty solid providence and or a very thorough hands on examination before I purchased it.

    Regards Mark K
    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    These industrial and commercial helmets I'd avoid without 100% proof positive provenance. Anything like this from auction sites is a no for me.

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    Quote by radidas View Post
    Looks like a nice original helmet but would be sceptical of the stencil as it exactly matches the ones available on ebay.

    Chris
    This.

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    Somebody ruined a nice helmet doing that!

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