A superb, untouched, but sadly (probably) shed/garage stored for many years a M17/M18 German still combat helmet with camouflage finish and guards Kompanie markings.
The helmet shell is dent and damage free, with approx 35%-40% of the original camouflage finish visible, in the main to the sides and rear of the shell.
The interior finish is in similar condition with much finish lost to ‘orange’ surface rusting. Three cushion liner is held in place with the later model, steel fitting band.
Back to exterior: The left side of the helmet as worn, is with the black and white quartered formation marking for the Imperial German Guards Regiment. To the reverse of the helmet is the period painted numeral ‘5’ indicating the 5th Guards Kompanie. The loss of the formation sign and Kompanie number are in keeping with the loss of the helmet finish overall.
Their are a couple of areas of ‘paint’ marking to the helmet presumably from its time in storage, this I believe would clean off.
With a light application of light oil, the camouflage finish would very probably be brought more to life and visible.
I can see no markings to the helmet interior.
A rare helmet, that has sadly suffered from poor storage for many years.
Helmet shell condition 8/10
Paint finish condition 4/10
Overall condition 6/10
Never before offered on the market.