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Is there any hope for this Lid??

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    Default Is there any hope for this Lid??

    I purchased this helmet from a guy a few years ago that said a friend of his father brought it home from WWII..LOL!!
    I only gave a few dollars because I thought the liner might be okay at least and I put it away and forgot about it until now. I am no expert, but it appears this is a completely bogus lid. Can you guys tell me if there is anything on this helmet that is worth keeping? Also as I took a closer look at the decal, it looks like someone painted over an original swas. Is there any chance that I could use some type of chemical to remove the paint to see what is underneath without destroying the original decal if there is one?

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    Hi , well as you have noted , the painted on decals are post war/fantasy. Sometimes GI's did this to "enhance" a souvenir but whether that's the case with this one I could not tell you. I think the steels paintwork maybe ok , just waxed. The helmet liner pins are new replacements, the liner as you say may well be an original one. The chinstrap also looks to be a fake. 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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    Ok at first I LOL ,
    Looks like freshly painted decal .

    You could try acetone , but be gentle , it might damage what's under

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    who done that.?

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    Quote by harryamb2 View Post
    who done that.?
    I don't know who did it but I wish they wouldn't have. The shell looks like it was a good one at some point!

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    Thanks Leon, being that the pins are repo and have obviously been messed with anyway I think I will remove the liner to see it is an original. I will post photos later to verify.

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    Q60 ? a very small shell indeed...

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    Yes this is a very small helmet, but it looks like it used to be a true double decal German helmet at one time. I didn't take the liner pins out because I looked closer and found they are marked D&C 1943 which I posted a photo. (are these repo pins?) Also I used acetone and it removed the paint fairly easy and left the outline of the original decals. I am not sure what the what they were but they didn't rub off with the newer paint. I would much rather have a helmet with the decals scratched off rather then the "junk" paint job that was on it.
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    The pins may be real and could be a reissue. The liner appears to be a late war pigskin.

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    according to the book

    M40 Q60 490 double decal POLI BD ZSH SM

    so looks like someone screwed up a double decal police M40

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