Well Documented “Himmler” Style Lightweight Helmet-This exact helmet is featured in two books. First, it is on pages 50 and 51 of the book “SS HELMETS - THE HISTORY, USE AND DECORATION OF THE HELMETS OF THE BLACK CORPS” by Mike Beaver and Kelly Hicks. It is also documented in the book “THE HELMET DECALS OF THE THIRD REICH” by Ken Niewiarowicz on page 141. It is referred to as the “Himmler Helmet”. It is a lightweight parade helmet that was commercially available. The bill is elongated, it has a wide flare and a generally low appearance. These were manufactured in late 1933 or early 1934. It is from the earliest SS organization, the Political Bereitschaften or “PB”. The smooth, gloss black finish remains 75% or more intact. This type is prone to dings and dents due to the lightweight, thin steel used and this is no exception. There are multiple small dings in the top of the dome. The left side has a mobile swastika decal. It has light wear and remains 95% intact. The right side has hand rendered, white runes that check in at 80% intact. There is a three-pad leather liner which is in fine condition overall. There is light wear and discoloration only. One of the pads is maker marked Karl Heisler which was a prominent manufacturer. There is a drawstring and a leather lined liner band. The liner band is stamped with the size 58. The chinstrap is dark brown leather. It is soft and supple and in fine condition. It is fixed at one end with a snap clip at the other end. Based on some recent information we have just received, we were told that this rare and exotic helmet showed up on Ebay many years ago but had no liner. Somewhere along the line, it has picked up what we believe to be the correct style liner and chinstrap to properly restore this piece. We wanted to be sure to let you know about this factor regarding the originality of this piece. Well documented, from two prominent Canadian collections and extremely scarce. This one checks a lot of boxes!