Perhaps installed before the two piece straps were available? Been on there a very long time for sure.
An old fabric covered brass wire has been put through bails as well. I guess to hang up. Don't know when done but is very old and could even be during the war from the looks of it. I've owned this helmet since 1991.
Not in 100% condition but a rarer steel combat helmet than the usual M16 and cammo. PLEASE DO NOT PAY UNTIL INVOICED BY ME. The item "WW1 German Model 18 Cammo. Steel Helmet" is in sale since Saturday, August 15, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW I (1914-18)\Original Period Items\Germany\Hats & Helmets". The seller is "mg0815love" and is located in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.
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