Original covers are usually marked on the autumn side 1,2 or 3 here shown in close up
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on the inside of the liner it is marked with two names,so it was re-issued at some point,the question is was it an army man who accquired an SS cover or it was re-issued to an SS man,there is a photo which shows soldiers of the LAH with army decaled helmets,but we will never know.
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The Picklehaube,I got about 1980,when I worked for the Co-op,one of our works dept;drivers knowing I collected brought to it to me after finding it in a friends garden shed(his friend was going to turn it into a flower pot!
)well it was a bit of a wreck,it was mis-shapen the chin strap was held on with one lug,the helmet plate was held in place by old wire(note the two holes drilled in the wing).Well I bought it then for Â£25,I knew someone who was an armourer for the Royal Opera house and he made new peak trims and studs and complete new chin strap lug,copied from the remaining original and new retaining lugs for the helmet plate(Â£10).Useing damp news paper on the inside,I got some shape back into it,the spike and helmet plate had been covered in silver paint(modern)which came off with turps revealing the original field grey paint underneath,I gave the helmet plate a wash of field grey.I managed to get one original cockade,the other is repro,a little bit of restitching here and there and it looked a lot better than it was,I know its not completely original,but I like it.John