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M1940 Heer Tropenhelm of Pressed Straw

With most Tropenhelms or Pith Helmets being constructed with a body made of compressed cork, those with a pressed straw or wicker frame are described in the Niewiarowicz reference “Germany’s Combat Helmets 1933 -1945” as being “rarely encountered”. This M1940 Tropenhelm is just such an example, the pattern of the pressed straw being immediately apparent beneath the lightweight tan cotton canvas covering and the straw itself being visible where the dome joins the brim.
Although missing its’ chinstrap, overall condition is very good with some very light rubbing only at the edges of the olive green leather trim to the brim.
The aluminium eagle shield is in very good condition without loss to the finish, whilst the national colours shield, which is also aluminium shows some paint loss.
The leather sweatband is clean and without damage with the maker’s initials WPB towards the back and an ink size stamp 56 underneath.
A very nice example of a scarce variant.