Published WW1 German M17 Camouflage Helmet
A superb M17 camouflage helmet which is pictured on pages 144 & 145 of the superb reference book 'Stahlschutzhelme' by Oliver Lock.
Souvenired by an American soldier in WW1 this three tone segmented camouflage helmet is typical of those ( As stated by author Oliver Lock ) adhering to the 7th July 1918 directive. Interestingly there is an American soldier written capture inscription to the underside of the rear neck reading 'Corbic , France Nov. 1918' . The camouflage has been artistically applied in sections with black dividing lined running around each & extending around the bottom rim of the helmet. As Oliver Lock states in his book regarding this helmet the somewhat bleached out & deeply patinated camouflage give us an idea of how matt its finish has remained without having been exposed to postwar collector oiling or waxing. Interior liner band is of the metal 1917 pattern with leather cushion holders & all three cushions . The front pad has been very skilfully collector repaired which as improved it vastly from its loose state.