Original Japanese WWII Type 98 Beehive Pattern Officer's Sun Helmet

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The historian and write Peter Suciu wrote about this style helmet, "A unique variation of Japanese sun helmets used during World War II is one often referred to as “the officer’s pattern.” Why this particular helmet is considered to be an officer’s version is not known, but it is likely that it is because the character of Colonel Saito, the prison camp commandant in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai wore such a helmet."

"This rare helmet variation, of which only a handful are known to exist in collections, is seen both with the sewn on insignia as well as with the metal star."

This tropical sun helmet is offered in good condition. It is constructed of concentric woven ratan like material which is why some collectors refer to this style of Sun helmet as the beehive pattern. It features six panels of stitched cloth for the external covering a woven boarder edge, chin strap, woven yellow star over green base and two data labels to the interior on with two rows of Kanji markings. Internal liner is string through canvas loops. Size can be adjusted by tighten the strings. Shows age toning and areas of external cloth loss, but overall display beautifully.

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