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Rescued helmet from the dump

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    I found this at the dump.
    Maybe an Austrian M16?
    Has a metal band inside, with some tiny pieces of old leather around a few edges.
    Two straps are made from canvas, and attached with rivets.
    Has an inscription that says "P 5 8 2" on the inside center.
    Has an inscription on the inside near one of the straps that maybe says OAS 66... or maybe CAS?
    Also has a very faint penciled, cursive name written on the inside on the back, but it's hard to make out. Starts with a K. Like Kalin something?

    Can anyone help me identify it?

    Worthwhile rescue from the dump, or not?

    Thanks!
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    Worth rescuing? ...... as we Aussies would say, "bloody oath!"

    Its a M18 also and I love the canvas strap - may even be period?

    Great score
    Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    Excellent find! well worth rescuing for sure! as is any militaria!

    some people are just dumb..

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    Anyone know what the inscriptions mean? I thought the M18 had one rivet and one hole on the side, whereas this one has two rivets and one hole? What should I do with it? Are there collectors that would be interested in something like this, and if so, how would I find them?

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    Correct classification is Austrian m.17 in all original configuration. I'd gladly take it off your hand.

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    Indeed an Austrian. High chinstrap rivets on the skirt are the big external feature. The canvas strap is Austrian WW1 issue too btw Dan

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    What a great save!!
    Classic Austrian M17.
    The things people throw away still amazes me.

    Brad.

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    No doubt Austrian and a fantastic find!
    Last edited by relicz; 07-06-2013 at 01:20 AM.

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    Lucky you.
    Great helmet.
    chris

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    Well done!

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