Soviet helmet for use in the reconstruction of the Second World War. The original from military warehouses, model 1940, produced in 1950-70s. Tarpaulin strap (ends sewn to the ears of the helmet), 3 pillows liner from leatherette (black or brown).
Helmets have obvious signs of use (small scratches to the metal, oil stains, darkening of the paint) or storage (small areas of rust). Examples are shown in the photo. We can take a photo of a specific helmet for you before purchasing.
How to choose the size?
There were only 3 helmet sizes named "rost" (literally: height). The 1st was the smallest. How to determine your size if you're not an ortodox-reenactor and didn't browse the Red Army archives? If you have long and meager face and your head is under 23 inches (58 cm) in girth, then you should take size 1. If you're a big man with a large round face and your head in bigger than 23 inches (58 cm), then you should take size 3. If you haven't jumped yet — take size 2.
Each military stock box contains 30 helmets:
Size 1 — 15 pieces;
Size 2 — 14 pieces;
Size 3 — 1 piece only.
Therefore, the size 3 is rare and costs more. Sizes 1 and 2 are visually different in depth and diameter of the shell (the shell size 1 is narrower and deeper), size 3 is like 2 in diameter, but has different geometry of the occipital part. You don't feel the difference when it's on your head if you adjust the cord of the liner to your size.
Model SSh-40 (СШ-40, literraly: steel helmet 40) appeared as the follower of the SSh-39 and was the same dome (experts say that the shape of the dome became more round, but it is more likely because of the production technology than because of engineering solutions). New liner in the SSh-40 was composed of three leatherette (how it's common to say today "eco-leather") pads filled with a sort of hair. These sit on the metal brackets attached to the helmet by six rivets. So the helmet called "six-riveted" (shesti-kljopka) unlike its predecessor, the model 1939 "three-riveted" (trjokh-kljopka). The innovation of the developers was that the liner pads could be removed (or at least the tie cord) and wear a helmet over the winter cap. Despite this advantage, the liner is considered uncomfortable: the helmet was not fixed on the head, and constantly had to be adjusted by hand when moving.
In 1968 a new model appeared. It had prolate dome (as an egg). Due to the fact that the helmet had the same color and almost the same form, some "patriots" often roaming in it at historical events... These same SSH-40 is already in short supply, the boom of liberation from their domestic warehouses is on the market more and more of SSH-68. And SSH-40 military production and is a collector's item and are valued more.