The strap is directly under the handle below where it meets the body of the stein. You can just see the edge of it in the photo. I have a clearer shot of it but I think I was under the impression that I was limited in the number of photos I could post. Maybe thinking of another forum...
This stein was purchased by Reservist Schäfer who served in the 5th Battery of the 1st Baden Field Artillery Regiment "Grand Duke" Nr.14 from 1909 to 1910. The regiment was garrisoned at Karlsruhe.
This one is a hard to find example as it commemorates service in two units during Reservist...
It is absolutely period. I had one of these for many years it too had the Wappen secured with a single screw. It too was factory painted in black and later sprayed in Feldgrau. It went during "the downsizing".
Certainly looks like a neglected but real Gardes Infantry OR's helmet.
The biggest obstacle in my view (assuming the liner is intact) will be finding a visor trim that fits without looking like it was forced to fit. I have enough orphaned pieces of visor trim that I've wound up with over...
I never met Chip but I certainly knew him by reputation. Seems like he was a fixture on the Imperial collecting scene. I first knew of him when he was a member of the production team of the old "Kaiserzeit" magazine back in the 70's. The hobby will be diminished by his loss.
The two Wappen holes show that a Wappen with a shorter distance between the mounting loops was on the helmet at some point.
That coupled with what appears to be a silvered or polished steel visor trim on a brass fitted helmet would be enough for me to pass on it.
Any chance that the mounting loops on the Wappen have been re-soldered to fit the Saxon hole spacing? Assuming that the helmet shell is actually a Saxon one?
Bit of a long shot. It's an odd marking certainly.
Qty 2 Silver spike base dome studs -threaded with 10mm dome
Qty 1 NCO Reichskokarde with 8 mm hole (for mounting chin scales) Sourced on line.
Please PM me if you have any surplus dome studs you're willing to part with.