Welcome to Ken's Bargain
Here you will find cheap helmets.
Buy them. Get them out of my hair
should add this note however... For those of you who contact me and ask for
discounts on the bargain basement helmets; please save your breath. They are
bargain priced to sell quickly and they DO sell quickly as I have priced them.
If you've been watching this page, you know that is true.
and time again, there will be a $300 helmet and some guy asks me if I'll take
250 with shipping included. I tell him no. He answers back about what is my
best price and we have to do the dance until he decides to buy it at the
listed price.... And by that time it is sold to somebody else.
know...we all want a deal. And I'm willing to offer you deals. That's why I
have the Bargain basement. I just don't need time
wasted by guys trying to chisel me a bit further.
Bargain Basement helmet #75
This is a US
model 1917A1 as used up until the advent of the ubiquitous Mi of WW2 fame. (
hey; how about that? I spelled "ubiquitous" without the help of spell-check).
Known as the "Kelly helmet" these were worn by soldiers and Marines from
Panama to Iceland to Corrigedor to Pearl harbor). It is everything it is
supposed to be. Nice paint, intact liner. ON HOLD
Bargain Basement helmet #74
first model canvas covered pith helmet has original
shields, decent trim and original chinstrap. The body the rare type made
from Wicker; which always holds the form better and crushes less. The
sweatband appears to be from another pith helmet because the mounting
connectors do not line up with the ones on the inside of the helmet body.
Still displays very well. SOLD
Bargain Basement helmet #73
This is a no
frills first model canvas covered pith helmet. Original shields. The leather
trim is dried and has fallen off in a few places. Otherwise she is not bad.
Bargain Basement helmet #72
first model canvas covered pith helmet
is an ORL maker. They are the ones who made the helmet bodies with woven
wicker; rather than pressed cork. Wicker bodies withstand damage better. This
one has all original shields and nice canvas covering without much staining.
The problem is that the chinstrap broke right near where it connects to the
edge of the helmet. Normally I would ask five hundred dollars for a wicker
body pith helmet but with the chinstrap issue, you can have this one for
Bargain Basement helmet #71
A sad pith helmet. It thinks that nobody wants it.
Bargain Basement helmet #70
This is just
then pith helmet for the guy who doesn't need to look inside it all the time.
No liner. But she is a real looker nonetheless. Sound cork body and nice
shields. All original. SOLD
Bargain Basement helmet #69
Brodie helmet. This is the exact type of helmet worn by the British Tommies as
they went over the top in 1917-1918. 95% paint, sound liner and strap. 100%
Bargain Basement helmet #67
This is a
Russian helmet made at the Red October factory in Stalingrad in 1958. Just
like the WW2 one except it has a sewn-on strap rather than the riveted ones of
the pre-1945 model. $50.00
Bargain Basement helmet #66
This is one of
the last Polish Army helmets made before they switched top Kevlar just like
every other civilized country. $30.00
Bargain Basement helmet #61
Here is a crappy
police helmet. I don't think the insignias are any good. $100.00
Bargain Basement helmet #60
This is an Si66
M16 WW1 German helmet with a chalky tan colored over-paint which I believe is
period done. Helmets were painted this color in the trenches of the Champagne
region of France where the ground is quite white due to the chalk deposits.
The paint remains 95%+ intact. The inside is smeared with the paint as well.
The M16 leather liner frame is still there but the pads are long gone. The
original split-pins are prtesent and have not been tampered with. A
fascinating helmet that displays quite well. $375.00
Bargain Basement helmet #59
This is is a
French Model 1935 tropical pith helmet produced by a company in Marseille
(southern France) for the French army and Navy. The ink-stamp indicates the
helmet was made in the 1sdt quarter (January-March) 1935. Most likely the
helmet was produced in White for the French Navy which was anchored nearby
this port city. The helmet has had German Navy pith helmet shields added to
the sides. The shields are 100% original and are of matching manufacture. The
helmet is about a size 57 and there are some moisture stains on the outside.
The inside is typical French manufacture style with small cork discs installed
as a buffer between the body of the helmet and the sweat-band. German soldiers
of the Army, Navy and Luftwaffe are known to have used captured French Pith
helmets. The Navy version is quite rare. $475.00
Bargain Basement helmet #56
A very nice
police parade helmet with 99% insignias and paint, an excellent condition
liner and strap. $365.00
Bargain Basement helmet #55
This one proves
that Germans had Friday afternoons just like the rest of us. Just look at it.
The helmet left the factory with only two split-pin holes and two split-pins
installed. Just think of it, this thing passed the shell inspection and went
tothe assembly room where the liner installers must have just shook their
heads and finished it (with only two split-pins) and passed it along. Later;
probably after it had been issued, somebody drilled a small hole into the side
of the helmet that was missing the pin. They found a little screw and nut and
finished the helmet themself. The helmet is a 1942-1943 example which did have
a decal applied but this was later removed as per July 1943 specifications. In
the world of coin collection; factory mistakes make the coin rise in value
many times over. It's not the same in the helmet world. $475.00
Bargain Basement helmet #54
This is a fire
helmet made from an M40 size 64 shell which I believe was produced just after
the war. Most of the immediate postwar helmets which we have seen are made by
the Quist firm. but this one is marked NS as being made by the united steel
works in Schwerte. I don't believe that the helmet was ordewred by the federal
government because until 1949-50 such a thing diudn't exist and certainly the
allied military government wasn;t going to be paying for them. I think this
helmet was contracted by a municipality. That's just my theory. You can buy
this fascinating helmet for $200.00
Bargain Basement helmet #41
This is a fairly
crudely stamped M35 style helmet. The concensus among collectors is that
helmets of this type are the so-called "MI6" helmet; designed and produced by
order of the British secret service for use in covert operations. I have seen
other examples which have liners that are closer to British style. This one
appears to have a standard M31 liner frame and split-pins. The air-vent
bushings are not missing. In the few exaples of these helmets which I have
examined, it appears they were not designed as part of this helmet. There are
no markings anywhere on the shell. A fascinating example which is a cross
between German helmets and James Bond. $350.00