CZECH M53/80 HELMETIt's time for me to do a little bit of culling. The last great exodus took place in 2004. The collection has grown again and space is becoming a factor as well as my wife patience. Over the next few weeks I will be doing some thinning. Be sure to come back weekly for some new bitter sweet culls. Also feel free to comment, add or detract from my description. I'm a collector and not a dealer. If we can learn form each other it'll make this experience all the better. Throughout the twentieth century Czechoslovakia could always have been counted on to be produce and supply small arms for anyone who wanted them, helmets not excluded. The quality was always first class. This helmet in particular was of the highest quality. Patterned after the Soviet Ssh39, the M53 was a much better version and became the most popular helmet in the Soviet sp of influence. Used at home until the mid 1990s it was widely exported to Africa, The Middle East and Asia . Today it's still one of the most prolifically used helmets of the third world. For example, you can see these on the nightly news when watching stories form Afghanistan . In 1980 they were given an upgrade by way of a four point chinstrap. This one is in near mint, un-issued condition and is dated 1984. Anyway, I'm pulling this one right out of the collection. I'm also putting up some other very interesting pieces of militaria, uniforms, flags, badges and field gear. Be sure to take a look. *****And now the fine print. Be sure to read this.***** The winning bidder can pay by way of PayPal if they choose but I would prefer any other method, money order, certified bank check . Paypal is such a killer. I call it the eBay tri-fecta; listing fee, commission fee and then their Paypal cut. You may pay by personal check if you have 25 positive feedbacks with no negative. Don't send me any rubber. I ship everything by US Priority Mail and US International Priority Mail. This gives you free tracking information and gives me free shipping boxes. I do not charge a hidden "handling" fee. The postage is actual cost, no nonsense. Domestic Shipping can be calculated by going to and using the postal calculator. The weight of the helmet, packaged, is five pounds and my zip code is 23454. Don't take it the wrong way but I just don't have time to look up every shipping charge question. Know that it is what it is and it's going to be honest. International Priority shipping rates (6-10 days) are as follows; Canada , $21.20 Central America , $30.00 South America , $32.40 Europe , $36.00 Australia / Asia , $38.00 If anyone would like insurance, that's extra and up to you. I trust the US Postal system and have never had a problem loosing anything. Sometimes these overseas institutions can be a little shaky though. Everyone has to ask themselves if they feel lucky. If you don't then 's the chart. Fee . . . . . . . . . . Insurance Coverage
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$7.30 plus $0.90 per $100 or fraction tof over $600 to $5,000 Check my feedback and bid with confidence. Thanks for looking and good luck Tom The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.
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