Thank you for the kind comments.
And you are right about the paint thing.
Seems they are always stored in the garage and inevitably someone drops some paint on them.
I think you're right, it's garage thing... I bought an old Schwinn one time that had it all over the place.
The iconic German helmet. It looks to me like the soldat may have been KIA, as there is what appears to be a pretty big blood stain on the leather.
I think you guys are right about the blood stain. It has that black, moldy look you tend to see where it starts to degrade. Though, the area isn't so large that it's inconceivable he survived. Head wounds bleed a lot, so he may have just had a bad cut and put his helmet back on and soldiered on. We can hope anyway.
"Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis
You're absolutely correct about the "White Paint Phenomenon"...Here's my barn-found M42 before cleaning...