I appreciate your insight and you're right. I do need to get some reference books, and a few are on the way. I am just getting into WWI Collection and I guess WWII collecting as well. A few months ago, I only focused on the Victorian Era. I was no expert before, and I'm still not, but I'm more knowledgeable in militaria in that period than later periods like WWI and II. I saw this helmet and it was one of the things on my list that I was looking for. For this time only, I thought I would take a chance, because for all I know it could've been sold an hour after I looked at it, and I actually have had that happen a few times. I will buy more reference books and try to get more knowledgeable about these later periods, but that takes time, and I haven't had a lot of extra time lately so it will take time, time I will invest, but it will take a long time before I cease asking to what you may be a 'silly' question. I may be a slight annoyance but I am slowly getting more knowledgeable but it will take time. I will be able to answer many of my own questions soon, but I was still hoping to get some help from my fellow collectors and forum members no matter how basic my question may be, it's on me if it's a fake because I didn't do the appropriate research myself, but it looks authentic to me and from a good dealer. I would appreciate some opinions so I don't end up with a garbage fake in my collection. I will take your advice and buy a few reference books today and try to answer my own questions from now on, but these basic questions are not because I'm too lazy to answer myself, or that I don't care, it's because of lack of time to sit down and read these things and conduct research, arguably you should not buy things if you do not have time to research them, but with militaria, some rare items don't come up many more times if ever. I will now take same serious time to read some reference books and become more knowledgeable, again, thank you for your insight.