Original German WWII 2nd Model 1942 dated Afrikakorps DAK Sun Helmet by RF with Badges - size 57
Original Item: On first deployment to North Africa in 1941, Afrikakorps infantry were issued with the traditional European sun helmet known as Tropische Kopfbedeckung (Tropical headgear), of the type known to the British forces as the solar topi (or topee). In the German case, these were made of pith, had prominent ventilation holes in the crown, were khaki in color and bore two metal shields; on the right the national colors and on the left the German eagle. There were several models made, with the first having cotton outer covering made of fabric sewn together. This is the second model, with a felt covering.
This particular example is in very good condition, with little sign of abuse or major wear. The only major issue is that the chin strap is missing, with just about 6 inches remaining still attached to the helmet. This happens when the chin strap is left over the brim for a long period of time, dries out, cracks, and falls off. The original olive/khaki felt covering is completely intact, and retains its original color well, with some areas of dust and dirt staining. The helmet band, which hides the attachment rivets for the chin strap and liner, is in very good condition as well. The green leather trim is shows some cracking in the finish due to age. The two zinc alloy badges are intact and retain most of their original paint, with a lovely aged patina.
The interior of the helmet still has the original green felt covering intact. The leather liner itself is in excellent condition and supple, with a GERMANY export marking. The underside is marked RF 1942 57, indicating the makers initials, date of manufacture, and size. The red felt inner lining is near perfect. Really a great lightly used example of this type of helmet.
This will make a very nice addition to any German WWII Afrikakorps collection!
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