Guess I a going to be that guy. For the sake of the science of the hobby. A helmet cover made of burlap, an inherently fragile material to begin with and terribly suited for long term use on a helmet especially in jungle warfare, not to mention used by a Marine Raider of which I can only imagine where the combat clothing was reduced to shreds, to survive in place with only paint and fragile twine to hold it on. No significant rust staining on the burlap on the inside where the liner would fit, The shell itself has significant "orange (or new) rusting yet again the burlap is unstained in this area not to mention the top of the liner has no matching rust stain or ring as is often found with helmets that have served in the pacific. Minimal wear to the paint which would have made the burlap even more fragile after 70 plus years. This reminds me of the artificial aging I have seen on Native American artifacts that use paint to hide details of construction as well as a boer war helmet that fetched over 5 grand through a well known auction house that was deemed to be fake. I respectfully have to disagree as to the authenticity of this helmet, however I am just a militaria collector and an antique dealer and present my "farbian" opinion accordingly.
And thanks for your opinion,
With regards to burlap hand made camouflage covers or even items used in the Pacific do you have any examples yourself to show ? I would just love to see your examples of items used by raiders or non raiders to back up your last comments.
Im not worried about the Boer war or Indian artifacts as they hold no water with what we are looking at.
With a collection solely aimed at collecting used in theatre pieces most of them hand camo painted I can tell you that most if not all of my painted items , even tho a little stiff are not completely fragile and heavily used. What Im getting at is that even In extreme conditions, materials can survive.
Also you dont know the period an item was used for, days, a week not all serviceman and women served the full term, some where injured day 1.
Your comment about there being no rust in the burlap ? Rust bleed through can clearly be seen through the top and sides of the burlap.
With regards to there being no signs on the top of the liner , you can not see the top of the liner. Nor can I because I dont have it in hand. So that comment also holds no water as we cant see the top.
I have 2 examples of burlap covers and there is another 2 on this forum I know of. All of them have the exact same
Fabric, show the exact same wear , are they also fake because there burlap covers also.
However Im just a collector and not an antiques dealer and present my knowledge of USMC items as I see them and as I have them in my collection.
Looking forward to seeing your examples, and Im
Looking forward to having this one in hand