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    Hello, big fan off the site (long time reader, first time poster).

    Am currently in Moldova on business and bought this helmet at a local market. Sold to me as a German motorcyclist helmet (not necessarily as WW2), it has an inch long spike sticking of the back - "The spike on the back is to keep the goggles in place" .

    Was very inexpensive so assuming it's not what it seems - just want to know what it actually is. I'm aware that it's quiet common to sell old Spanish helmets as German - but this doesn't look like an example of that.

    No online research results bring up any helmets with this distinctive rivet/spike on the back. Can any experts offer their insight? Perhaps Hungarians or Romanian?

    Am currently working on photos!


    Thank you!

    Peter

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    Hello and welcome to the forum!
    The first 4 or 5 posts in this thread will give you the information you need to be able to post photos.
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    Welcome Peter,

    Once you can upload photos I sure someone can provide information. I have an early war NSKK helmet but have never seen or heard of one's with spikes.
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

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    Thanks guys! Working with some very iffy Eastern European wifi here, so the quality is far from perfect. Hopefully something should come through

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    Damn, they came out sidewards. Still - do the other nuts and bolts offer any clues? Thanks!

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    IMO a relic (wasnt a relic bask then obv) that someone waterproofed or such. Used as a bucket or a chickenfeeder; a common use in post war east europe.

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    I agree. An m42 helmet that was repurposed for other uses. For what I don't know.

    At first I thought you were talking about a leather helmet. This is a combat helmet.
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Thanks all. Sorry wasn't clearer. Cheers for the info, knew he was spinning a bit of a yarn - was interested what the truth was.

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    Obviously made into a bowl or scoop of some sort by a farmer. I wonder what the purpose of the spike was? Perhaps to hook the finger under and help manipulate it while using it?
    William

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    I have seen this kind of "re-purposing" before and I think the spike is what remains of an attached handle something like a wooden pan handle.

    Doesn't look like it harmed the shell too much so maybe a useful relic.

    Regards

    Mark

    PS This kind of thing but using the rear rivet hole instead of welding. Much easier with limited resources if a little less sturdy.

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