This is a RARE 1920'S FREIKORPS MODEL M16 HELMET with CITY OF DANZIG CREST and LARGE WHITE SKULL and CROSS BONES on its respective sides with owner's name still inside.
This is an exceptionally rare Model 18 style Freikorps Landesverband Danzig (Danzig Home Guard) helmet dating from the 1923/24 period. While showing much age and use, this item is still completely intact, to include the removable chin strap and WWI style three piece inner leather liner, and could still be used today.
The helmet has what appears to be a hand painted shield on its left side depicting the City of Danzig crest.
On the right side, the helmet has a large white skull and cross bones (2 1/4 inches wide by 2" in height), which was utilized as a common theme in the insignia and flags of Freikorps assault units.
Written on the inside back skirt of the helmet is the name of a Gefr. Koster (Corporal Koster), which has been painted in block letters using white paint.
Above that, in what appears to be pencil or faded ink, is the name of another individual, together with a regiment number and some other writing which, although readable, has been partly obscured by wear and dirt and would require a great deal of effort to carefully clean without removing completely.
As an aside, this probably means that this pencil entry related to the original Freikorps member, while the Corporal Koster entry identified him as a Volkstrum member to whom this helmet was probably re-issued again during the 1944-45 period.
By any standard, this is a very rare helmet which merits a centerpiece position in any WWI or WWII German helmet collection.
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