Condition: Near Mint
Maker: G. A. Hoffmann, Berlin (“Berolina”)
Unit: “Motorsturm 35/M30”
Product Description: This second pattern NSKK crash helmet is an extremely impressive piece of headgear. The front of this piece is dominated by a beautiful example of the textbook metal eagle used on these second pattern helmets. The eagle retains great original finish, with some minor and typical losses to the black paint in the NSKK banner. The helmet itself is in outstanding, near mint condition. The glossy finish on the patent leather exterior and metal ventilation fittings is nearly 100 percent intact, and still gleaming. There is some minor, typical age crazing to the visor. The leather on the exterior pads and neck flap is simply beautiful, showing almost no wear at all. All of the leather on this outstanding second pattern NSKK crash helmet remains supple, with only extremely minor age toning. The interior of this helmet features a mint leather liner, which is size stamped “55” and retains its original oilcloth RZM tag. The tag is marked with the logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, the NSKK national eagle and swastika emblem, the code number of the manufacturer (A 25) and “Sturzhelm nach Vorschrift des NSKK”- Crash Helmet according to Regulations of the NSKK. The liner is complete with its original drawstring. The leather pad in the dome is extensively marked, with a label featuring a name, and a decal bearing the “Berolina” logo used by the firm of G. A. Hoffmann in Berlin. This pad is also marked with the unit stamp of the Verwaltungsdienststelle (administrative office) of the Motorsturm 35/M30. This incredible second pattern NSKK crash helmet is complete in all aspects, including the original integral chin strap. Overall, it’s a stunning example, absolutely loaded with eye appeal, and probably the best one a collector could ever hope to find.
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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