Original Japanese WWII 1939 dated Type 92 Army Combat Helmet with Liner dated & Chinstrap - Tetsubo

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice combat used example of the classic Type 92 Tetsubo (鉄帽 - "steel cap"), also colloquially called the tetsukabuto ( 鉄 冑 "steel helmet") by troops. This example definitely shows evidence of service, with paint loss and rust on the exterior, and wear to the liner & chinstrap. Features include:

  • Original 5 point metal star to front.
  • Complete three tongue leather liner in bark brown aged color leather. The padding in all of the pouches is still present, and each tongue has the correct two fingers at the top, with the securing strap present.
  • The back of one of the liner tongues has a makers mark, which has the date 昭 14 or Showa 14, for the Western year 1939.
  • Two white painted Japanese kanji characters inside the front of the helmet.
  • Original canvas tie down chin strap, which is very long, and shows only light wear.
  • Correct color original paint on interior and exterior with moderate service wear.
  • Shell retains about 75% of the original paint with no dings or dents, wear from service. The shells are heat treated, which is why the steel is blue colored where it has not rusted.
  • Approximate size 7 1/2 (60cm).

This is a great chance to pick up a very nice large size example of the Japanese WWII Type 92 Tetsu-Bo helmet, with a complete liner and chin strap. These are getting harder to find in any condition on the market.

The Imperial Japanese Army was the official ground based armed force of Imperial Japan from 1871 to 1945. It was controlled by the Imperial Army General Staff Office and the Ministry of War, both of which were nominally subordinate to the Emperor of Japan as supreme commander of the army and the navy. Later an Inspectorate General of Military (Army) Aviation, became the third agency with oversight over the army. During wartime or national emergencies, the nominal command functions of the emperor would be centralized in an Imperial General Headquarters (IGHQ), an ad-hoc body consisting of the chief and vice chief of the Army General Staff, the minister of war, the chief and vice chief of the Naval General Staff, the inspector general of military aviation, and the inspector general of military training. The Japanese Type 92 (1932) Tetsubo, also colloquially called the tetsukabuto ("steel helmet") by troops, was a mainstay of the Imperial Japanese Army from its creation in 1932. It replaced the Japanese-made French Adrian helmets the armed forces had been using. Its construction from inferior chrome-molybdenum steel limited its ability to protect the wearer from gunfire or shrapnel.

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