Original WWII Imperial Japanese Very Last Ditch Helmet - Complete with Chinstrap and Liner

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Toward the end of WWII Imperial Japan was starved of raw materials and factories. The need for more equipment was dire and the IJA used what was available. This is an extremely rare very, very last ditch Civil Defense Helmet which was issued for use in the Imperial Japanese Army. The Japanese WWII Civil Defense helmet was the final of four variations of the Type 90 Army helmet and was designed specifically for mainland civil defense.

This is one of the crudest Japanese helmets from the final days of WWII. The helmet is pressed from sheet steel, with a crude woolen liner secured to the shell by the means of a thick cardboard liner band. The chinstrap is a piece of equipment canvas fitted with a painted friction buckle. Even the shell has raw edges, and in an attempt to even cut down on cost and materials, even the inside crown of the helmet is not painted, to save paint!

Overall condition is very good with correct green paint. There is some scuffing and overall wear, giving it an overall lovely used patina.

This is a rare and little known variation of the military issue type 90 Tetsubo helmet, making this example a necessity for any Japanese WWII headgear collection.

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