Manufacturer: Keller & Cie.
Product Description: This is an excellent example of a 1st Pattern Heer Pith Helmet with Goggles. This is the early pattern of pith helmet that was used by the Afrikakorps, and is very desirable. The only traces of age that are discernible are some extremely tiny areas of finish loss to the leather chinstrap, edging, and some oxidation to the metal chin strap fittings and the vent inside the dome. This first pattern Heer pith helmet retains its original shape, with no dents or sagging. The original tan twill fabric outer covering is absolutely flawless, the green leather chinstrap is completely intact. The original, highly detailed pith helmet shields on both sides are intact and clean, and show very slight age toning. Very minor paint loss to each of the pith shields. The interior is also in excellent condition. Marked Mathis on the rear underside of the rear bill. The underside of the excellent leather sweat band is clearly size marked “56”in red and also stamped with a manufacturer stamp. There is no visible indication at all that this was ever issued or worn. This 1st Pattern Heer Pith Helmet displays great and would likely be impossible to upgrade. Included with the Pith Helmet is an original set of dust goggles and nearly makes an lovely addition to the overall look of the pith. These early 1st Pattern Heer Pith Helmets are much harder to find then the 2nd pattern felt ones. This 1st Pattern Heer Pith Helmet with Goggles would make a lovely addition to any collection!
Historical Description: The pith helmet is one of the most iconic aspects of the tropical uniform worn by German personnel in WWII. Besides being worn by Rommel’s Afrikakorps, pith helmets were also worn in all; areas on the Southern Front where tropical uniforms were issued, including Italy and the Mediterranean, and southern Russia. Pith helmets were part of the uniform issued by the German Army, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, and the Waffen-SS. The chief visible difference among the pith helmets used by these various organizations, were the metal badges affixed to each side. These were made in the style of the branch decals used on the steel helmet. Early pith helmets were made with a twill fabric outer covering. Later, second pattern examples were covered with felt. As German troops withdrew from Afrika, many pith helmets sat unissued in warehouses, where they were recovered by Allied forces at the end of the war; at one time, later pattern examples were relatively common. With the passage of time, complete original examples, especially in nice condition, have become much harder to find.
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