Original German WWII Second Model DAK Afrikakorps Sun Helmet by Mayser with Badges - Dated 1942
Original Item: Only One Available. 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 having cotton outer covering made of fabric sewn together. This is the second model, with a felt covering on the outside, including on the top vent.
This particular example is in very good condition, with just a bit of wear and shape issues. The original olive/khaki felt covering is intact and has a great color. The helmet band, which hides the attachment rivets for the chin strap and liner, is in good condition as well, and matches color perfectly. The original leather chin strap is intact and supple, with no damage to the finish. The leather trim is in good condition with a few areas of light wear. The two aluminum badges are intact and retain nearly all of their original paint.
The interior of the helmet still has the original green felt covering in the crown intact, as well as the green cotton on the brim. The liner itself is in excellent condition and supple. It is embossed with M inside a shield and the underside of the sweatband is marked with 1942 date and size 56. There is also a small paper label with size 56 on it as well, stuck to the liner.
The red felt inner lining is complete, with all inner stitching intact. The bottom of the vent retainer is marked MAYSER / D.R.G.M, indicating the maker Mayser Hatmakers, founded by Leonhard Mayser in 1800, which still exists to this day as a maker of fine hats. The DRGM indicates that the name was registered with the German trademark office. A great example of a WWII-dated pith helmet in excellent condition, by a well-known maker.
This will make a fantastic addition to any German WW2 Afrikakorps collection
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