Original German WWI Refurbished Austro-Hungarian M17 Post WWI Freikorps Helmet - Shell Size 66

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fine example of totally original Model M17 M-1917 Austrian Hungarian WW1 size 66 helmet shell. Size 66 is a nice large size that can accommodate liners from 58cm to 60cm or US 7 1/4 to 7 1/2. Size 66 shells are always hard to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.

The Central Powers of Austria-Hungary used, manufactured and commissioned, variations of the World War One German Stahlhelm M16 design. The Austrian M1917 helmet was similar to the German M1916, but had a few variations including the chinstrap, chinstrap rivets located higher up on the steel shell and variations in locations of markings among others.

Early Austrian helmets were supplied by Germany, the first shells supplied as the chinstrap rivets were mounted in a lower position. The Austrians fitted their own chinstrap bales, chinstraps and liner and painted them in Austrian "Isonzo braun." These modifications were carried out with German machinery at the "Adolf Westen di Cilli" factory, which is now Celije, in Slovenia.

This helmet shell is 100% original and will have the following notable features-

- Correct original air ventilation lugs.

- Rolling Mill dome stamp (under the paint) located on the outside (top) dome of every WWI Austrian M17 helmet you will find a heating lot code, these codes were used by the steel factories during production. These steel mills were called rolling mills. (see list of makers in chart below).

- Traditional WW1 style three-pad leather liner.

- Chinstrap mounted to the liner or directly the shell.

Notable history of the Post WWI Freikorps Helmet:

- After WWI Germany was in turmoil.

- Returning war veterans joined paramilitary organizations to protect Germany from Communists and Marxists trying to take control.

- These returning Veterans were outfitted and armed with their WWII equipment.

- Helmets were painted with pride with symbols of the local district or city.

- In 1933 the Freikorps units were disbanded with the beginning of the Third Reich.

- This helmet represents a Freikorps Helmet with the eagle proudly painted on the front.

What does refurbished mean? While the shell is 100% genuine WWII manufacture, we have tasked, perhaps the very best German Helmet restorer in the USA, to customize this helmet. Every detail is hand done, with the finest materials including a hand painted shell with high quality authentic decal. Please know that the paint, decal, liner and chinstrap, while they look totally original are all new and the helmet has been refurbished to look as if it was picked up off the battle field by a USGI and brought home as a war trophy.

This helmet is one-of-a-kind there will never be one exactly like it making it a true collectors piece that will do nothing but appreciate in value in the coming years. This is a rare opportunity to own a genuine WWII German Helmet for a fraction of the cost of one with original camouflage paint and decals.

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