Condition: Near Mint
Product Description: This NSKK Crash Helmet 2nd Pattern is a spectacular and absolutely top shelf example of this desirable piece of headgear, that would be very hard to upgrade. The condition here is incredible, rating near mint. The exterior is clean, with smooth surfaces retaining original luster and appearance. Virtually all of the original surface is totally intact throughout, from the smooth patent leather covering on the helmet, to the full grain leather neck protector. The original NSKK eagle emblem on the front is intact and pristine, with virtually all of the original silver finish and black enamel paint. The interior is complete and nicely matches the condition of the interior. The leather liner shows only the slightest hint of wear. The liner is stamped with the size, 55. There is a small penciled inscription inside the neck protector, probably a name. Underneath the liner, this NSKK crash helmet 2nd pattern retains its pristine original oilcloth RZM tag, with the NSKK logo as well as the date 1938. This is an extremely rare survivor in this condition, that could be a centerpiece of an NSKK or headgear collection.
Historical Description: The National Socialist Motor Corps (Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps, or NSKK) was a Nazi paramilitary organization that conducted training in the operation of motorcycles and automobiles, and also transported Nazi Party and SA personnel. It was founded in 1931, as a successor to the National Socialist Automobile Corps. The organization and ranks in the NSKK were similar to that of the SA. It focused on fitness in motoring skills, including maintenance and use of both military and civilian vehicles. NSKK members assisted with traffic direction, as well as the transportation of personnel involved with constructing the bunker system on Germany’s western frontier. Starting with the outbreak of war in 1939, the NSKK assisted the German armed forces, providing infrastructural support. As with most uniformed organizations in the Third Reich, the NSKK had a myriad of specific regalia and insignia, each with its own distinct purpose and meaning.
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