DD a photo of what you are describing would also be helpful. The wappen holes in these government issued helmets usually have brass grommets. Officers were required to buy their own helmets, "private purchase". These and other private purchase helmets do not have grommets. Generally if you could afford it, one could buy a better quality helmet.....gilt fittings, silk liner etc. even if you were not a fully commissioned officer. As a result, we find many PP helmets with a mixture of officer and OR's fittings. I must warn you D of the dreaded disease we call "Haubitis", you start with one as in my case but end up with 42. I am down to 26 now but there is NO cure! Other poor souls find themselves with 100+ hauben! So beware!