Original German WWII 2nd Model Afrikakorps DAK Sun Helmet by Badges & Eye Shields - Post War Replaced Liner
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 service used condition, with all parts present and mostly intact, showing some period wear at expected. The original olive/khaki felt covering is completely intact, though it definitely has faded a bit from the original green color. The helmet band, which hides the attachment rivets for the chin strap and liner, is in very good condition as well. The original chin strap is fully intact and supple, though it does some some wear to the finish, especially on the edges and wear it goes over the helmet's brim. The green leather around the bottom is torn through about 25% of the circumference due to wear, which has allowed the metal support band to protrude in areas. The two brass badges are intact and retain most of their original aluminized paint.
The interior of the helmet still has the original green felt covering intact, with just a bit of fading. The liner itself has had the leather portion replaced, and the rest reworked, probably part of a 60s or 70s restoration, most likely for costume or theatrical use. There is a tag on the inside indicating a size of 56 - 58 from this restoration.
Also included is a lovely pair of green/yellow tinted German WWII eye shield dust goggles, which really add to the look. They are in good condition, with a crack at the seam on the right side due to the stitching pulling through. They do have intact elastic, and a bit of fading to the fabric components.
This will make a lovely addition to any German WWII Afrikakorps collection!
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