This is a Spanish Beauty:
The Mme Grégoire Staechelin' rose is known as the "Spanish Beauty":
And this Moorish influenced Spanish architecture is certainly a thing of beauty:
This Spanish tanker's helmet, however, ain't no beauty:
This is the ugly cousin of the Italian M35 Tanker's helmet (profiled last week). Although this helm tries to mimic the far superior Italian version, it fails in every aspect.
As with the Italian model this helmet is a leather covered fiber bowl surrounded by a padded bumper with a rear skirt and leather chinstrap/flaps. The bowl, you'll note is considerably shallower than the Italian helmet, providing much less protection for the wearer.
From the top little difference can be detected between this number and the Italian model, except perhaps for the inferior dye job of the leather.
Its when one begins to examine details like the sewn seams that the inferiority of this helmet really start to become evident, clearly the person who sewed and assembled this bumper pad had other things on her mind.
The interior is, again, a copycat of the Italian M35 except for the lower grade and color of the suspension leather.
The finish of the neck flap is misaligned, miscut, and haphazardly assembled.
This Frankenstein assemblage of misaligned rivets secures the chintzy chinstrap buckle. One wonders if these workers are encouraged to come to work drunk.
The flannel liner has absolutely no value as a cushion to the wearer, again compare this to last week's entry on the Italian liner with its plush white felt padding.
Peeling away the flannel reveals the Pinata-like dome of this lid. About the only shock absorbtion available in this helmet is the fullness of the hairdo of the wearer.
North Korean nut-job and dictator for life Kim Jung Il might have enough of a bouffant "do" to bring some level of effectiveness to this helmet, but here (as in most instances) he is the exception.
Where the Italian neck flap is tightly sewn into place, the Spanish version is crudely tacked on.
And note how those tacks often tear right out of the cheap, thin leather.
The chinstrap assembly too, suffers by comparison with the Italian model.
The unscreened vent holes don't even communicate through the flannel liner, rendering them quite useless for providing ventilation.
The only aspect of this helmet that gives it any aesthetic value is the Spanish eagle affixed to the front.
I think the reason that the bumper pad is not attached as that on the Italian model, is to facilitate disassembly of this helmet making it easier to fit into the trash compactor of history.
And for as ugly as this poor excuse of a helmet is, now comes the really ugly part;
accession number: MOA hmar 248.68.8
Spanish Leather Tankman's Helmet
Acquired 1991, Grand Rapids Michigan.