Protectorate of Bohemia & Moravia Felt Police Helmet
Protectorate of Bohemia & Moravia Felt Police Helmet - This sturdy-framed helmet is fabricated from a pressed fiber material, with a grayish-green felt exterior. It is designed with a protruding visor at the front and a neck guard at the rear. The front is adorned with a helmet plate illustrating the Czechoslovakia coat-of-arms laying upon an angled square with linden leaves on each of the four sides. The raised spine of the helmet with a two-part silvered metal strip running from the top of the helmet plate to its conclusion at the outer edge of the neck guard, the top portion of which features a repeating linden leaf design. The same type repeating linden leaf design appears on the silvered metal strip that runs along the base edge of the dome around the circumference, with all the strips held in place by small rivets. The silvered metal cockades on either side are in the form of a lion's head, with posts that run from the lion's chin, wrapping around the side brim and terminating at the outer edge, held in place by silvered bronze slotted inserts which are visible on the underside, the slotted inserts designed to incorporate a chinstrap. The outer edge of the helmet is protected by a strip of silvered stripping that runs along the circumference. The underside of the visor and neck guard are lined with the same grayish-green felt as the exterior. Above each cockade are two reinforced ventilation holes with eyelets. Inside, there is a 40 mm wide thin leather sweatband, composed of three pieces, the rear portion of which is a thicker piece. The dome is lined in brownish-green cotton, stamped "727", dated "1951" in a rectangle and maker marked on the opposite side of the dome in black ink, the helmet measuring 222 mm x 304 mm x 160 mm in height. Although it exhibits green oxidation on the rear spine strip, with light wear evident on the leather sweatband from active use, the parts appear to be original, remaining in near extremely fine condition.