These Helmets are great but im so sceptical to purchase one as there seems to be countless talk of repaints and Badges either being added/exchanged etc,also why are the prices on these historical items so high?............
Nice collection of adrians overall.
Not sure if you want me to go into detail on all of them.
If you do a bit of homework it's not that hard to do the first filter of good and bad, for years there were loads of badge-less helmets on the market but since the availability of repro badges these seem to have disappeared, making me very skeptical of many that you see, I personally think this is the main driver behind the price hike for original helmets.
It's very easy to swap liners and badges and create a helmet of original parts rather than an 'original' helmet, you see some instances where badges from relic helmets have been fitted to other shell, but these are easy to identify.
I would also avoid e-bay dealers that have many and varied Adrian helmets for sale, but in general there are some good finds on e-bay (especially if you use the French site).
I would be happy for any comments, more so if they contradict my posts I'm sure we would all like to learn more.
a superb collection of adrian's steve so thanks for taking the time to show us all here's my only m-26 example this is a typical example of a put together lid ,the insignia badge is aged repo also the chinstrap and the liner looks to be made from a plasticised fabric so can only be post war im also sure the date on the shell says 1954