Beaded model helmets were produced in the
typical combat models including the M1935, M1940, and M1942 patterns.
Much debate has centered on whether or not the beaded rim around the
center-line of the helmet was part of the overall design of the
helmet. Some collectors believe that the beaded mark was placed
there after the helmet was formed to denote it as a factory "reject"
which was later delegated for use by Air Defense Police (Luftschutzpolizei).
Those that subscribe to this theory base their points on the fact that
the helmets generally are lighter in weight than combat versions and
that they also have minor surface flaws in the metal. However,
metal smiths who have examined these helmets indicate that the raised
bead would have been part of the shell's overall design, and not added
afterwards. Even so, many collectors refuse to believe this
concept. Regardless of the design intent, helmets of this type
were generally painted dark blue-black. Liners were of a variety
of different styles generally consisting of the civic versions made of
cardboard and cloth or leather. Some helmets were also painted a
medium blue-gray finish. Decals were placed on either side of
the helmet and could be the type with or without border. In many
cases the police decals were placed above the beaded mark and to the
center of the helmet's profile. Other decals were sometimes
placed directly under the vent and over the beaded rim.
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