Right then. This is enormously exciting. Well, for Austiran M58/75 fans anyway, so that's me and Austro and Bernhard and....hmmm. Here's the story; about 15 years ago on Michele Tagliavini's helmet website (alas no longer with us - the website I mean, Michele I assume is still alive and well) I found an article by renowned Canadian helmetcollector Roger Lucy, detailing the various Euroclones. There's a couple of screenshots immediately below. In it he mentions that early examples of the M75 leather liner had not the commonly found 9, but *10* lobes. Evere since then I have looked twice at any M75 liner and counted the lobes...always coming up with 9. With such attention paid it's incredible really that until Austro pointed it out I had not noticed that early liners did *not* have the two cloth straps in the crown, or that some had ventholes in the lobes, but sometimes you just get target fixation, you know.
Here's the segment of Roger's article -
Anyway, years go by and I never even see so much as a photograph of the fabled 10-lobe liner anywhere, so yes, you can imagine my wild excitement (I am not exaggerating) when I found TWO 10-lobe liners on ebay Austria, from the same vendor. I put in ridiculously high bids - these were not going to anyone else! - and fortunately ended up paying a great deal less than I had bid. The box from Austria arrived this morning and the reality far exceeded my expactations. Big helmet fun around here, I can tell you.
A couple of observations; obviously they have 10 leather lobes rather than the usual 9, that was expected. What wasn't obvious from the photos was that the shape of the lobes is distinctly different - these are shorter and rounder than the later 9-lobe version. Also the spacers between the liner and the shell are cork rather than plastic, and there is no adjustment strap at the rear. So, a very distinct variant.
Liner 1 - Frankenburg 1976
Liner 2 - Frankenburg 1976