Original German WWII M38 Luftschutz Beaded Gladiator Air Defense Helmet with 57cm Liner - dated 1939
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 scuffing. The helmet still has all four of the original hollow rivets, though the paint is worn. The Luftschutz decal is clean and 95% complete with a few scuffs and only light wear.
The inner skirt is maker marked with stamping into the steel with RL2 39 / 42. 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 57. 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. There is even a faint size 57 stamped on one of the pads. All 6 fingers are present, though some have repaired tears. The fiber liner band is also covered in oil cloth, and the four cork pads are still present between the liner band and shell. The chin strap is also present, however it is very degraded. It was originally made of rubberized canvas, and now the rubber has deteriorated and the canvas has separated.
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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