Original Japanese WWII Army Type 92 Tetsubo Combat Helmet with Named Liner and Chinstrap - Dated 1942
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful example of the classic Japanese Type 92 Tetsubo (鉄帽 - "steel cap") army helmet, also colloquially called the tetsukabuto ( 鉄 冑 "steel helmet") by Japanese troops. The liner is dated “17” indicating that the Helmet was manufactured during the Showa 17th year, or 1942. This would make a perfect representative example for the collector seeking a complete, all original, WWII Japanese Combat Helmet.
- Original metal star liner split pin applied to front.
- Service worn three tongue leather liner. The reverse side of the liner tongues have small pouches for padding, and the front pad is marked with the depot stamp and date, 17.
- Original tie-down chinstrap, showing moderate wear, The chinstrap is intact and uncut.
- Original paint with some wear, showing the "blue" manganese steel underneath.
- Inside of the shell has most of the original paint.
- Shell retains about 80% of the original paint with a few dings and dents.
- Approximate size 7 1/4 (58cm), larger if you remove the pads
A very nice condition helmet, with most of the original paint, with the expected wear and chips from service. Also, it has a legible ink stamp on the liner. Star on front of the helmet is tightly affixed to the front of the shell. These helmets are continuing to become harder and harder to find on the market, especially one with a complete liner and chin strap assembly.
This is a fine example perfect for a WWII collection!
The Japanese Type 92 Helmet:
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 Tetsubo, also colloquially called the tetsukabuto ("steel helmet") by troops, was a mainstay of the Imperial Japanese Army from its creation in 1932. Its construction from inferior chrome-molybdenum steel limited its ability to protect the wearer from gunfire or shrapnel.
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