Original German WWII First Model DAK Afrikakorps Sun Helmet with Badges by Clemens Wagner - Size 55
Original Item: On first deployment to North Africa in 1941, Afrikakorps infantry were issued with the traditional European sun helmet known as Tropische Kopfbedeckung, 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 model like this having cotton outer covering made of fabric panels sewn together.
This example is in good used condition, with all components present, including the often missing chin strap and badges. The original khaki cloth covering is intact and retains its original color well, though it does show staining from dirt and age. The helmet band is in very good condition, and still hides most of the liner split pins. The original leather chin strap is intact and supple, with just a bit of finish wear. The leather trim is in good condition with light wear overall, mostly on the bottom side, with no tears or splits.
The interior of the helmet still has the original red cotton covering intact, with just a bit of wear. The liner itself is in very good condition, with the leather still supple, and no major wear, though the seam stitching has pulled out a bit. The felt padding and fiber band are still in great condition, with almost no signs of wear. The under inner side of the sweatband, there is the ink maker stamp of CLEMENS WAGNER, along with their address and information, which is unfortunately not entirely legible. Below this is stamped size 55, and there is a paper label marked 55 on the band as well. There is also the name HARTMAN written on the sweatband, however we do not know if this is the soldier who worse it, or who brought it back.
The bottom of the vent retainer is marked C. Th. Dicke / D.R.G.M, indicating Carl Theodor Dicke of Lüdenscheid, a well-known maker of clothing accessories such as buttons, belt buckles, etc. The DRGM indicates that the name was registered with the German trademark office.
The metal badges are totally genuine and are in very good condition with a great finish, and very little wear. They appear to be made of brass, and are retained by bent pins on the back.
This will make a great addition to any German WWII Afrikakorps collection.
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