Hi Ian, thank you verymuch. So I can not argue that the kabuto is too big to be an original. I also see some tool marks on the shikoro.
I really don't know the intention why these kabuto have been made but they certainly aren't antique. They keep turning up on auction platforms for at least six years and they always have slight variations.
However, if you compare them to period items you first will recognize noticeable differences in make, lacing and fixture of the shikoro.
The outside of the helmet bowl (hachi) looks somewhat reasonable at first sight but the obvious give-away is the inside. If you check it you will notice that the main part of the hachi is made by deep drawing of just one sheet. This is the crucial point which makes the kabuto modern made and not period.
I'll post some pictures to explain what I mean and to give you an idea on the variations. Note that they sometimes are being offered with a "matching" menpou which of course is modern made as well.
All I can say is if you're interested in a period item don't buy any of these. It's a waste of money.
Good luck! I hope you'll be able to return it. (^.-)b
Hi, thank you for the pictures. Yes my one looks same. I received an email from eb.xx yesterday where I have to return the helmet. I hope eb..xx will help me to find a solution. Thank you very much for yout help. Norman