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Article about: Hi everyone, I stumbled on this one. It looks like a Berndorfer helmet used by the K.U.K. I asked the seller if there are any marking. There are none. Also he stated that it was a second pat

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    Hi everyone,

    I stumbled on this one. It looks like a Berndorfer helmet used by the K.U.K. I asked the seller if there are any marking. There are none. Also he stated that it was a second pattern. I never seen or heared about a second pattern Berndorfer. The double rivets are not WW1 I think. It looks like a re-issue. Maybe used in WW2 with the leather chinstraps. I have seen plastic one used by police Hungary (I think).

    What do you think? Original or not. Very bad photo's, but it the first impression.

    Cheers Paul

    Berndorfer helmet - original????

    Berndorfer helmet - original????

    Berndorfer helmet - original????

    Berndorfer helmet - original????

    Berndorfer helmet - original????

    Berndorfer helmet - original????

    Berndorfer helmet - original????

    Berndorfer helmet - original????

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    There is no refence to a 'second pattern' in the books I have.

    This link shows a helmet very similar to this with additional chinstrap rivets and split pin liner fittings. It's noted as a reissued by Czechs.

    austriaco berndorf
    Steve.

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    Thanks Steve,

    The rivets look indeed similar. The model with double rivets is an original without the venthole on the top. Looks like a re-issue version used by the Tsjech resistance in WW2. Or Tsjech resistance against the Austrians??

    Cheers Paul

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    Hi Paul,
    To me the link to Czech resistance may be something lost in translation. After looking a bit deeper the liner and strap fixings look the same as the Czech Vz20, so that may help with the time period of post WWI to the 1930s. Personally I would think this is a conversion of the newly independent Czechoslovakia.

    World War Helmets - Casque Vz 20

    Still a nice shell if the price is right.

    Steve

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