An Auxuliary Polizei NCO's Shako
An Auxuliary Polizei NCO's Shako - This sturdy-framed shako has a black leather exterior, with a circular top, straight front and domed back with protruding neck guard, in the traditional police helmet style, that was established in 1920s and lasted until 1945. The front is adorned with an aluminum Third Reich Police shako plate, illustrating a spread-winged eagle sitting upon an oak leaf clustered wreath centred by a swastika insignia. Immediately above the shako plate is an oval aluminum cockade, with a painted red centre surrounded by rows of white and black paint, attached to the helmet via a u-shaped prong on the back of the cockade and slid behind the shako plate. The cockade is maker marked "F.A. ASSMANN & SOHNE LUDENSCHEID" on the plate on the reverse. There are two circular screened vents on either side near the top, to allow for proper ventilation. The post loops and the two buckles on the 17 mm wide leather chin strap are fabricated from aluminum, designating it as an enlisted man's helmet. Metal posts on either side hold the chin strap in place, resting upon the top of the visor. It also comes with a reinforcing, heaving stitched 19 mm wide patterned leather strap sewn in place along the lower portion of the shako, around the circumference, covering the seams where it meets the visor and the neck guard. The underside of the visor and neck guard are synthetic and finished in green. The inside comes complete with its original nine-panel leather liner, perforated along the front edge with five tiny rows of forty ventilation holes each, plus a shoelace replacing the original drawstring that has been lost to time. The dome is maker marked "H. BECKER & Co G.M.B.H. BERLIN 0.27". It measures 180 mm x 267 mm x 150 mm in height, exhibiting contact marks and light wear overall, slight crazing on the visor, most of the stitching at the base of the top circular plate where it meets the body of the shako has come away and the leather liner has stiffened but has not become brittle. All other parts and stitching remain intact, very fine.