This helmet shell is one of the reproductions made here in the U.S. by ATF a few years ago. The shell is a flawless reproduction of a late 1943 production Fallschirmjäger helmet. The lot number is an actual number used by Eisenhuttenwerke on FJ shells that factory produced in the autumn of 1943. There is also a CkL factory stamp which is correct for a M38 from this time frame.
This helmet is a detail for detail reproduction of the type of helmet some Fallschirmjägers wore during the fighting in Italy as well as Normandy
The helmet was painted the correct shade of rough textured field gray, then over sprayed with ordinance tan paint. While the paint, when still wet was sprinkled with wood chip to flatten the finish as was originally done. A second contrasting color of dark green was then sprayed over the tan base for further camoflage. The helmet was then fit with a single twist chickenwire half basket. The wire is heavily aged and weathered to give the appearance of being ripped off an old Italian chicken coop.
The liner used on this creation, is a museum quality reproduction, made with the same materials as the original versions. The leather is real sheep skin, as regulation called for. The two haves are sewn together using a period sewing machine and has the correct “railroad tracking stitching. The leather has the correct factory and size ink stamps. The crash pad ‘spider’ and spacers are real open cell buna rubber laminated with black cloth. The liner was sewing into the band using waxed linen thread. As part of the aging process this liner spent all summer in the hot California sun which created a beautiful authentic patina.
The slate blue chinstrap is likewise a museum quality replica. The friction buckle is phosphate coated, and the Prymm snaps are original. As with original the versions, the leather has original German WWII news print sewn between the two halves.
The helmet has been heavily distressed to look and feel original, and will create a stunning display in any WWII collection. If you have ever wanted an original FJ Italian front camo helmet, but found the 18k that originals fetch, this is a wonderful example to fill that hole in your collection.