UNTOUCHED AS FOUND (WAS CHICKEN WIRE COVERED!) M42 SINGLE DECAL COMBAT HELMET.
Never been in a collection and was lurched directly from the family (not by me unfortunately!). This has remained un-messed with since coming back from the war 78 years ago. Never been polished or oiled, just left to age gracefully. It has nearly all of the original paint with just age and a little surface rust. The decal is 99% intact and perfectly clear. Having been kept in either an attic or loft, the liner has dried out a little and some of the tips of the tongues have come adrift. However, they are all there along with the original drawstring. The chinstrap has broken in a few places but each connected end is still there and I have all the pieces including the buckle. The tip of the strap is maker marked and dated. Liner has never been removed and all the original domed split exterior ‘rivets’ are present.The family who owned it told us there used to be chicken wire covering the helmet, but they took it off as it broke and got rusty. However, as 100% proof of this, there is a 1” piece of the wire still attached to the aluminium liner band at the front (pictured) If you like ‘as found’ helmets that are 100% real, this should be for you.