This is an original German army WWII helmet shell. The model is the M40 that issued first in 1940 and has the rolled/folded in edge and the stamped vents on the side. The shell size is a 64 with a "SE" maker code. The helmet will fit the Sz 56 and 57 liner. The reason the helmet has black paint is because it was refurbished by the Czech government after WW2 to be used as a civil defense helmet. The helmet you see on the pictures is the one that you will actually get. There is some rust on the helmet as you can see in the pictures but it is not as pronounced in reality as it is in the pictures. aome small pitting will be present. It is a quality piece that you will surely be happy with. It is $25.00 to ship this item to anywhere in North America, Australia, NZ and most of Asia. Within Europe the postage is $21.00.