Original Rare German WWII 1st Pattern NSKK Padded Leather Crash Helmet
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a rare very good condition 1st Pattern NSKK Crash Helmet, complete with all snaps functional. The helmet is made of molded, smooth, blackened leather helmet with raised, padded, protective bars running horizontally around the helmets bottom edge, and another one running from front to back over the crown top. It looks to have been made towards the end of the 1st Pattern run, as it has some second pattern features, like the mesh vents, one of which is missing.
The Front center of helmet features a first pattern national eagle, with no NSKK marking. The eagle is still held in its correct position. Helmet has a short blackened leather visor stitched to front and stitched on, extended, blackened, grained, leather, protective side and rear panels. The side panels do have the "ear flaps" added in the 2nd pattern, another transitional feature. These can be secured in either the open or closed position. The side panels also have extended straps to bottoms which act as the chinstrap that snaps together. Interior of helmet has a tan leather, ten finger liner. Liner is fully intact with all fingers and original tie string. Rear neck flap is in great shape, and still supple.
Overall condition is very good, though it does show wear around the edges, especially around the visor, where the leather has completely worn through almost all the way around. There are some faded markings on the underside of the liner, but unfortunately we cannot read them. Size seems to be about a 57-58cm.
A very good service used example of a hard to find helmet. Ready to display!
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