Originally Posted by Timo Nieminen
One might be tempted to attribute the mis-lacing to bad restoration, but it's the standard lacing on this type of helmet. It's how they make them in the first place.
Most of these helmets are sold as antiques. They appear to be made with that intent. I'm happy to call them fakes.
My guess regarding the lacing was that the plate overlapping was done opposite the way I would expect - and the way that it exists on the other helmet illustrated. Rather disturbing that the maker should have been so clueless.
I bow to your experience and expertise regarding seller's intent. Caveat emptor, as ever.