Hi, its a post war Norwegian decal, used on re-issued German Helmets. If you have a look at the one on this thread here, you'll see the same type of decal in better condition: Norwegian helmet
Many thanks for the quick response!
Danny is exactly right.
Norsk Decal ja :P
To be honest, I see no value mate.. I've had a few of these (I'm Norwegian) and well the only value is maybe the story itself.
They are becoming collectable in their own way, and although not overly valuable they are an original German helmet,
Well, they are overpainted, new decals and a new liner I think.
So the only value is the shell. But it's a helmet
I believe the liners are the original German ones only dyed red, so that makes these particular helmets: 100% original German ww2, original liner and shell with a new coat of paint +decals applied in an "official" capacity, as opposed to some random and botched fantasy job.
These definitely have a history to them and it's obvious to me that these are gaining in monetary value... as a Norwegian collector, newbie at that, I find these interesting and quite collectable. Obviously not in the same capacity as original untouched specimens, but still... collectable --- In my humble opinion.
I would like one, why not. If I was to get one though it would be a minty example I think. Mint they go for $200+, or somewhere around that.
The story of the helmet is as follows:-
I purchased it from someone on ebay who was advertising it as a M40 3 colour camo model. When it arrived I noted it had a layer of lacquer on the surface. The liner looked a deeper colour than ones I had seen before but was stamped, the chinstrap looked a little new. I presumed that if it was genuine german issue, it should have the remnants of the original decals beneath the camo paint. I , therefore, decided to scrape back the lacquer first, then the paint around the decal areas. On one side the decal was badly damaged but on the other, I could make out a shield with a row of clubs running along the top section, then an axe, a claw and finally a tail.
I did trawl through a couple of sites that offer repro decals but did not see any that resembled mine.
Hence I came to this site and thanks to you chaps, was informed of its norwegian connection. I am still unsure whether to ditch the 3 colour camo paint job or leave as is. Any suggestions? regards, Mike