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Japanese Army Helmet -
This is a WWII Japanese Army helmet. In very good condition. Japanese helmets are hard to find because most of them were destroyed after the war. Some of them were thrown into the ocean while others were melted in order to reuse the steel. Most of the helmets available today in the United States were brought back by GI's as war souvenirs.

This helmet is painted red. The color indicates that the soldier was ready to do a suicide attack. Complete with the liner and the metal star attached to the front. Japanese military helmets are becoming very desiable in the military antiques market.

The design of the helmet consists of a metal shell. A five point metal star is secured to the front. This was the symbol for the Japanese Imperial Army. The shell was evenly shaped. there was no significant visor or neckguard available.

The rim of the helmet was the exposed type. It was rounded off enough to eliminate any rough edges that could cut the soldier.

Two different types of rivets are visible from the outside. One type is large and round. The second type of rivet has the following characteristics; it is of domed shaped, small size and comes in pairs, one above the other.

The rivets are employed to hold the liner in place.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for Japanese WWII field gear. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out specific points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my Japanese gear worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the WWII gear is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the items in the collector's market is illustrated.

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The liner is of leather construction. The design consists of four fingers pointing towards the crown where they are tied together by a piece of cloth that runs through loops found at the tip of the fingers. The back of each finger has a cotton pad. This provided extra cushion to the head of the soldier.

The chin strap is very basic. It consists of a piece of cloth. This system was reminiscent of the type used in Samurai helmets.

The pads are made of a burlap type material. A black ink stamp can be found in one of them.

Many WWII Japanese field gear items are currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other WWII Japanese items, you can do so by going to our WWII Japanese Collectibles identification guide, where we discussed items from different groups and organizations.


Values for medals, badges, and other military antiques and collectibles are provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
Value $700.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Availability Hard to find Hard to find Hard to find Hard to find Hard to find
Invest Grade A A A A A

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