ORIGINAL GERMAN WWII
PARATROOPER HELMET LINER
This item is an original period German World War II Paratrooper helmet liner assembly that comes complete with a gray colored leather helmet liner in size 58, an adjustible metal band with four attachment points and all associated screws, to include the four (4) original helmet bolts, necessary to install the liner in an original paratrooper helmet shell.
Please note, however, that this particular paratrooper helmet liner assembly DOES NOT include a chin strap. Nor does it include the ten (10) light, gray colored metal rivets that are usually employed to hold the leather liner to the metal band.
In furtherance to this later point, it should be noted that the leather liner and band respectively being auctioned in this instance were each separately obtained by the seller over a period of years from different sources. Consequently, while they, together with the helmet bolts and other hardware, all independently exhibit the physical characteristics expected to be found on original World War II era German Paratrooper Helmet components, this specific leather liner and metal band were never previously attached to each other.
ABOVE is a photo showing one of the four (4) main original helmet bolts that come with this paratrooper helmet liner band. Also visible is one (1) of the two (2) six sided screws that attaches each bolt to the helmet shell. Clearly seen in this shot is the fact that the original paint on each bolt is chipped or scratched and will have to be touched up as part of any replacement liner installation effort.
That being said, while aligning the pre drilled holes on the liner and band and connecting them with fold over pins does not represent a difficult task, the seller has elected to offer this assembly in its current original condition, in lieu of securing ten (10) current made rivets and securing the liner and band together with post war materials. As such, it will be the buyer's choice whether to do this, or secure original rivets, if possible, for this purpose.
Regardless of whichever direction the buyer elects to proceed in the metal band assembly and leather liner being sold here, once augmented with an original chin strap, can easily be used to refurbish any orginal German World War II era Paratrooper Helmet shell now without a liner into a complete piece with the expenditure of little physical effort. To that end, these component parts would be a worthy addition to any collection of German Helmets.