Rangefinder stalk oddity


Perhaps this has been discussed before – forgive me if so. This photo is from the Lucasfilm Archives, in a book published in 1994.

This helmet is noted as being from ESB, and I believe you can see the expected damage/crack on the left side (right side of the photo).

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I’ve always wondered about the rangefinder stalk here. What is that extra part? Maybe it’s a piece of supporting metal that broke away at some point? It doesn’t seem like a feature any of us copy so I’m curious.

I bet someone here knows... ;-)

PS: Unrelated, but for someone reason this book has NO photos of any hats from the Indy movies, which always struck me as insane.