Original German WWII M38 Luftschutz Beaded Gladiator Air Defense Helmet with 55cm Liner - dated 1938
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice original M1938 Beaded Luftschutz Gladiator German helmet. The exterior of this German helmet retains over 90% of the original dark blue paint, with only light overall wear and some scuffs through the paint. The helmet still has all three of the original hollow liner attachment rivets, with fully intact paint. The Luftschutz decal is clean and is one of the best we have ever seen, nearly 100% complete! It just has a few small scuffs, as well as a bit of yellowing due to age.
The inner skirt is maker marked with stamping into the steel with RL2 38 / 28. These markings would seem to indicate that the helmet was made in 1939, though we do not know if any records were kept of the maker. It may be that it was made under a 1938 contract. Below this is a complete original Luftschutz helmet information decal:
gemäß § 8 Luftschutzgesetz
Höchstpreis RM 8.--
This indicates the pricing and distribution information: Distribution approved according to Section 8 Air protection legislation. Head Width 55. Highest Price 8.-- Reichsmark. The markings are fully clear, with just a bit of wear.
The liner in this helmet is made from oilcloth, an early form of imitation leather, and is complete, with the original top tie strap still installed. The style is reminiscent of earlier WWI liners, with three pads topped with two fingers each. The fiber liner band is also covered in oil cloth, and the three cork pads are still present between the liner band and shell. The leather chin strap is also present, however it tore through about an inch below the loop on the left side.
Overall a very good German WWII M38 Luftschutz helmet with a great decal. Ready to add to your collection and display!
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