Here are a couple of relic steel helmets, which I believe to be Italian, that I picked up for my son over the last couple of years.
The helmet to the left I believe is an Italian Elmetto M15/16. Itís pretty rough but I donít recall paying much for it ($20-30 on Ebay maybe), and seemed a little out of the ordinary, at least at the time. You can see someoneís handy work where they drilled holes and riveted a liner in it. Looks to have been done, quite some time ago and the replacement liner is long since gone, but the rivets still remain.
The helmet to the right I believe is an Italian M33. It too is in pretty rough shape but again, I picked it up for $20 at a local militaria show. Looks to be original color, from what paint remains, and the liner looks to be original although very fragile. I could not find any markings in the back of the helmet, as I believer there should be, so Iím not 100% sure itís Italian. Any comments? Also, you can see that someone quite poorly welded a little tab in the front of the helmet, I am assuming to hold some type of emblem. Not original I know but does anyone know if this was a common field type modification or maybe just more of someoneís garage handy work?
Hope you enjoy the photos of these relics and any feedback one what these two helmets might actually be (if I have it wrong) would be greatly appreciated.
Russ & Son