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Italian Navy M33 helmet

Article about: Morning everyone, just today I found this M33 helmet of the Italian Navy; it is a war period helmet specially produced for the Navy, as you understood by RMR code printed in the steel on the

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    Morning everyone,
    just today I found this M33 helmet of the Italian Navy; it is a war period helmet specially produced for the Navy, as you understood by "MRM" code printed in the steel on the rear flap:
    M = (manufacturer unknown); RM = (Regia Marina)

    This is an interesting and particular M33 variant, reconditioned in the postwar directly in the Navy arsenal using different materials from the usual M33 Army.
    -The shell and the liner metal structure are the WW2 period.
    -The felt positioned under the leather cap is orange type of the WW2 period.
    -The leather cap is of the type hand-produced in the Navy arsenal with two side seams, instead of the single and back seams of the Army version.
    -The chinstrap is the Navy version in natural leather and single rivet.
    -The shell was repainted in dark green rough and was painted the flash with the anchor of Navy, in the version without crown.
    Is a bit of time that I tried to add this variation to my collection, but the ones I' had seen to date were very worn, however this example is complete and in very good condition, very interesting also the particularly rough painting and time patina in my opinion.

    Thanks for looking
    Roberto

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    Last edited by OldSteel; 03-31-2019 at 01:06 PM. Reason: add info

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    Nice helmet, thanks for the description of the differences between this model and the army model.

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    Well done its nice to finally find something that you've been looking for a long time.
    I've seen these type of liners before and never knew what they were, thanks to for the education.
    Here a picture of my m33 producers mark, I've been told this mark would also have been for a batch of helmets made for the Regia Marina.
    Thanks and well done
    Rod.
    Italian Navy M33 helmet

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    Quote by plumbob View Post
    Well done its nice to finally find something that you've been looking for a long time.
    I've seen these type of liners before and never knew what they were, thanks to for the education.
    Here a picture of my m33 producers mark, I've been told this mark would also have been for a batch of helmets made for the Regia Marina.
    Thanks and well done
    Rod.
    Italian Navy M33 helmet
    Thanks Rod,
    I'm glad that my information has been of help.
    There are not many truly secure information and document of 'M33 helmet, what is known, especially in relation to the batch number and manufacturers, often they come by the experience of us collectors.
    For what is my personal experience, I can confirm you that the batch number of your example actually belongs to a production of shells made for the Italian Navy in the WW2 period.
    The "P" code should be a manufacturer "Pignone" of Florence, the "4" number indicates a precocious batch number, so probably produced in the late '30s.
    The small anchor, which sometimes appears before the batch number and sometimes, as in this case is placed after, confirming a production for "Regia Marina".
    I'll add an example for comparison, made by the same manufacturer for Italian Army in the late '30s.

    Regards
    Roberto

    Italian Navy M33 helmet
    Last edited by OldSteel; 11-05-2016 at 11:25 PM. Reason: add info

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    Thanks mate, all information is greatly received. Its a pity there hasn’t been a study on batch numbers on M33’s.
    Many thanks
    Rod

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    I add another variant of the Navy M33 helmet, with a different white leather liner, always made in the naval arsenals, restoring a helmet from the WW2 period.

    Regards
    Roberto

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    Nice helmets Roberto. Always learn just a little bit more every time you talk about M33's. (And also realized how much I DON'T know about M33's )
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

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    Quote by MAP View Post
    Nice helmets Roberto. Always learn just a little bit more every time you talk about M33's. (And also realized how much I DON'T know about M33's )
    Thanks Michael,
    I am very pleased with this, you encourage me to further develop this topic.

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