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Picked this up today but not exactly sure what it is-came from veterans estate that served in vietnam but there are no markings on it. It was in a basket of his us field gear. Looks to be made of bamboo or wood of some sort. It has a plastic thin covering on it along with the camo cover.Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Looks to be a wicker woven type NVA/VC sun helmet with rain proof cover.This has some good age to it and appears authentic.

 

These are faked as well.

 

I would get as much info on the vet,unit he was in,time in country etc.


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Thanksdetail on it is fairly legit. I got his army uniform from vietnam as well along with his canteen, belt, med kit, officer helmet(he was a lt colonel). He retired in 1974 so would have been just after the vietnam war. I actually got 2 of these helmets and both are fairy similar. Difference is slightly different weave and chin strap is different. Both have a couple holes in the plastic type rain cover but detail fairly good on them. Veteran is in 90s now in nursing home so feel pretty good about these being from that period as there wasnt anything new in the house-i guess they coulda been a copy from that period but i think they would at least date to then

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They can vary in construction as they were hand woven.Thats great you got some other things.Sounds like the veteran had a long career.


In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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Since you got this directly from the vet, we can allow this under our Spoils of War section. If you find more details about this vets service, please share them.

 

I'd also invite you to post this on our sister Forum, the World Militaria Forum. It is run by the same friendly folks you find on here and is an excellent item for that website.

 

Thanks for posting this excellent item.


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of the Vietnam War

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Great one, looks right as rain. Used by PLAF (vc) not PAVN (nva).


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Thanks all for the info. A lot of knowledgeable minds on this site and educational for me. I was thinking it was from the period given vets background of service over there. Fortunatey he kept it put up so is in pretty good condition given thinness of rain cover and bamboo/ratan structure....just wish they could talk and tell their story!

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Definitely original period made. Very nice. Not often seen.

 

Thank you for sharing.

 

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Martin


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US camouflage parachute strips attached to the net

 

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That makes sense now that you mention parachute as material seems of that type. It never occured to me that would be made from a US chute but guess those would have been discarded once used.

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The NVA and VC made extensive use of US parachutes, they used it to make capes, sun helmet covers, scrim for helmets, boonies, and caps, pouches, belt loops, belts, pants and shirts, they wrapped rice balls in it, and made surgical operating theathers from it.


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Next time Im at the local shop Ill snap a picture of the one thats on display.


James

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looks similar to this museum piece

Gonna looks similar to any museum piece Haha.

 

Even though they were hand made they were pretty uniform, only usual differences are in how tight the weave is, and if the cover is black plastic or parachute silk.

 

The earlier they are the shallower the angle usually is, but this is not a hard fast rule. Viet Minh ones are usually around a 30 degree angle and Viet cong usually were closer to a 45. Of course there werent out there with a protractor measuring it but just something I noticed.


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