WORLD WAR TWO GERMAN LUFTSCHUTZ HELMET FROM THE RON TUNISON COLLECTION

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German Luftschutz or “Air Protection” helmet worn by the German version of the air raid warden. Helmet is of the gladiator pattern with a raised bead going around the base of the crown and is made in one piece.

Helmet is painted a dark blue with a decal on the front of silver wings with “LUFTSCHUTZ” in a riband at center over a swastika. Decal is 95% present. Exterior paint is moderately scratched with scattered rub marks. Each side of the crown has two sets of seven small vent holes.

The front of the visor bears a name in period script “DRAGE.” The left side has an “L” shaped marking scratched into the paint and the number “269” on the bottom portion of the letter.

Interior leather liner is in very nice condition. Liner is light brown in color with nine tongues held together by a piece of rawhide. One tongue has a worn stamp “56” in black ink. Chinstrap is complete. The underside of the neck guard has a label that reads “Vertrieb genehmigt gemäß luftschutzgesetz” or “Sales approved in accordance with the Air Protection Act.” This is then followed by the helmet size which is 56.

Ron Tunison (1947 – 2013) was born in Richmond Hill, N.Y., and was a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He was a scholarship student at the NYC National Academy where he continued his sculpting studies. He went on to become an internationally acclaimed sculptor of nine heroic bronze monuments: "General W. Crawford," near Little Round Top on the Gettysburg Battlefield, the “Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial" on Steinwehr Ave., the bas-relief "Delaware State Memorial" on Taneytown Road, and "The Gettysburg Civil War Women's Memorial" at Evergreen Cemetery. On the Antietam National Battlefield is Tunison's "Irish Brigade Monument." "The Bivouac" is at the entrance to the Civil War Soldier's Museum at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg, Va. "The Delaware Continentals" heroic size bronze of three advancing Revolutionary War soldiers stands atop a twenty-five foot granite pedestal in front of Legislative Hall at Dover, Delaware. At Ringgold Gap in Atlanta, Ga., is Ron's life-size General Patrick Cleburne. Dedication ceremonies for “General John Barry, U.S. Naval Commander”, took place May 10th, 2014 at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  Ron was the entrepreneur behind his own company Historical Sculptures, where he sculpted smaller statues.  [ad]

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