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WW2 German Mediterranean Camo Helmet

Article about: Hey all. While browsing around Ebay recently, I found this example: ORIGINAL WWII GERMAN HELMET, M42, SIZE 66 - eBay (item 250723590246 end time Nov-14-10 16:07:22 PST). Now before the bulle

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    Hey all.

    While browsing around Ebay recently, I found this example: ORIGINAL WWII GERMAN HELMET, M42, SIZE 66 - eBay (item 250723590246 end time Nov-14-10 16:07:22 PST).

    Now before the bullets start flying in my direction, let me clarify that I well know that Ebay is a minefield for collectors. This helmet has me stumped, though. It has what appears to be the correct textured paint and inner liner stamp. However, it looks a little too good to be true. Is it real or fake?

    I also found another mysterious camo for comparison on a UK site: S and B Collectables | Quality Militaria | Antiques | Vintage Motorcycles | Memorabilia.

    Which one is real? And which one, if any, are fake?

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    The one on E-Bay imo is a a fake, it looks like a semi relic shell with deep pitting to the interior yet hardly any serious age to the liner, as for the camo , it could well be covering exterior pitting, the second one , not really enough detailed photos to go on

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    The one on Ebay is fake and has been for sale for at least 3 weeks now.

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    The E-Bay helmet description says it's a repaint, and explains
    that the liner leather has been replaced.

    I cannot tell with the other one - the photos are awful.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    If the pictures are bad you cannot really say much about it , I'm talking about the dealer site.
    The ebay one is a fake for sure.

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    That is so blatantly a relic repaint.

    On another issue, did M42's have dome stamps??? I always thought these wer only rarely found on M35's. I am not sure about dome stamps though, tend to steer clear if a helmet has one

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    I browsed through that second website and found this: S and B Collectables | Quality Militaria | Antiques | Vintage Motorcycles | Memorabilia

    They don't seem to have a good track record for selling original items.

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    Thanks guys. Any opinions on the second helmet?

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    Quote by qotd View Post
    That is so blatantly a relic repaint.

    On another issue, did M42's have dome stamps??? I am not sure about dome stamps though, tend to steer clear if a helmet has one
    Sure they did. A dome stamp is a nice thing to see on a helmet and they do pop up a lot on original ones. Nothing to be afraid of.

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