Here's the sort of story we all hope to be involved in personally.
First, the helmet. New to my collection is this very nice WWI German M.1916
A fine specimen of that most iconic of early 29th century lids.
Although sans liner, the gray/green paint is about 90% present.
This is my friend Jim. Jim is a motorhead in the best sense of the word. He has a passion for, and is very handy with, automobiles. With the budgetary constraints of most 18 year-olds with sensible parents, Jim has to use creative - though legal - means to acquire usable spare parts for whatever vehicle he's currently working on. Those means include occasional "dumpster diving".
The dome stamp "R440" is quite crisp and the intact paint is shown here to good effect.
Though no liner or chinstrap are present, there is still a single strap fastener end.
The characteristic lugs are quite crisp with nice squared, sharply defined edges...
and are still very tightly secured with a large washer on the inside of the shell.
All split rivets are present...
and in very good condition.
As my M.1917 this is size E.T. 64, visible here on the side skirt and...
as a ghost image, here on the exterior. Some stamping mill!
All in all a delightful piece, though no standout until I set it on a level surface facing my M.1917: