There are no signs of an over paint. The shell shows appropriate age, use, and wear. The shell has a rolled rim, and the liner pins have not been removed. The damage peeled away a good amount of paint around it, and there is similar age darkening on the exposed steel to the other areas of paint loss. Again, i don't know what hit this as the entry holes are mostly round, but they are definitely all caused by different sized projectiles from different angles that all exited at one point.
Inside, the leather shows significant age, sweat staining, and some surface finish loss. A few of the fingers are missing and most of the lace holes are torn open. The long side of the chin strap is broken off, and the buckle side is all present but looks fragile.
This leather is all pig skin and is weaker than standard combat helmets. The liner is torn/ripped away from the damage at the appropriate points. The back side of the damage hits show good age. One of the rear liner pads appears to have been named, but it is now illegible. Regardless, this is an interesting and conversation worthy helmet.
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