Original German WWII First Model DAK Afrikakorps Sun Helmet with Reproduction SS Badges

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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 sewn together.

This particular example is in very good condition, with all components intact. The original khaki cloth covering is intact and retains its original color well but does show staining from use and age. The helmet band, is in excellent condition, and still completely hides the liner rivets. The chin strap is intact, though a bit dried out, and retains much of the original grey finish. The leather rim is mostly intact, with some small tears, but retains the original grey finish.

The interior of the helmet still has the original red cotton lining with minimal fading but shows dirt and age staining. The sweatband is in excellent soft and supple condition. The felt padding and fiber band are still in good condition. The underside of the leather sweatband is marked with size 56, a 1941 date and manufacturer stamp that reads:

J. Paul & Co.

The attachment ferule for the top vent is stamped into the brass J. Paul & Co. Obertshausen.

The SS aluminum badge and Swastika badge are high quality reproductions and have been aged with the intention to deceive (not by IMA). However, original badges on this helmet would make it worth over $3000, so these are an attractive and affordable substitute.

This helmet will make a great addition to any German WW2 Afrikakorps collection.
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