Original German WWII M38 Luftschutz Gladiator Air Defense Helmet in Excellent Condition

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent original M1938 Beaded Luftschutz Gladiator German helmet. The exterior of this German helmet retains about 98% of the original dark blue paint, with just a few scratches and light dents. The helmet retains the original split pin rivets, with original paint. The Luftschutz decal is clean and 95% complete with only a couple very minor scuffs.

The inner skirt is maker marked with stamping into the steel, and under that is more information applied as a decal:

RL 2 - 40/12
Höchstpreis Rmk.8
Kopfweite 54
Vertrieb genehmigt
gemäß § 8 Luftschutzgesetz

These markings would seem to indicate that the helmet was made in 1940, though we do not know if any records were kept of the maker. The rest of the markings are distribution and price information:  Highest Price 8 Reichsmark. Head Width 54. Distribution approved according to Section 8 Air protection legislation. The decal is clear, with only a bit of scuffing towards the bottom.

The leather liner is complete and in very good condition, with a size 54 marking ink stamped very lightly. The leather is very soft and supple, and the top securing string is present. The chin strap is also in similar condition, with no cracking at all.

Overall an EXCELLENT complete German WWII M38 Luftschutz helmet, a fantastic example of this model helmet from World War Two. Ready to add to your collection and display!

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