ORIGINAL HELMETS

 

 

 

  October 18, 2017

I just updated with  6 helmets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New! Item 350 M35 double decal Helmet

       

       

     

"Top shelf" is the only way to describe this one. The helmet is a 1939 produced M35 double decal army; made during that period where the Wehrmacht was gearing up for war. The shell is an ET64. The smooth texture paint rates at 98%. The national color and service-branch decals are nearly perfect. Both show a moderate patina that gives this helmet particular shelf-appeal. The acceptance stamp inside the dome is worn so that the date is faint but it is an example of the 1939 type which is slightly smaller than the ones used before or after. The liner frame displays a 1939 manufacture date but it is difficult to show it in the photos. The steel lot accountability number at the rear places this helmet right in the middle of 1939 production. The chinstrap is by all indications; original to the helmet, being a true match as far as use and condition. The strap has a 1939 date at the tip. The leather of the liner shows moderate use and a great honest looking "Bowl-shape" as a result if having been worn on a soldiers head for just the right amount of time. Look around all you like. I doubt you'll find a cleaner, more honest appearing double decal army helmet. $6000.00

 

 

New! Item 346 M40 Waffen SS Helmet

       

       

     

This is a Q66 Waffen SS helmet with a textbook Quist runic shield that remains a good 98% intact. The paint is likewise 98% intact and is the typical Quist wartime type which has light texture and fairly thick application. Somebody (presumably the veteran who brought it home) has taken a name stamp and applied it to the top of the helmet shell in a few places. It is faded to the point that I cannot make out the name completely. The liner is mostly intact with damage to one of the fingers. The strap appears to be original to the helmet. Both the liner and strap are darkened a bit and may have been treated at some point for they seem fairly soft. It is either that or the way the helmet was stored. Anyway, I do not think you would find it to be a big deal once you saw and handled the helmet in person. All things considered, this one is a real looker and is as least above average. ON HOLD

 

 

New! Item 347 M40 single decal army Tropical camouflage Helmet

     

   

       

       

       

This is an M40 EF64 single decal army helmet that was covered over in a sand based paint mixture of a very light tan color; almost white. You can see that when the helmet was painted, excess paint ran downward inside from both vent-holes; spilling out from under the liner frame. There is just a portion of the eagle decal poking through on the left side. The helmet is fairly early production; at a time when the Fulda acceptance office was still applying their post-1940 style acceptance stamp. The liner shows moderate wear and retains a very nice bowl-shape to the leather. The tan over-paint remains 90% intact. Overall it is a great example of this type of paint/sand mixed for camouflage effect. $3900.00

 

 

 

New! Item 348 M35 Single decal army Helmet

       

     

     

This is one of those helmets that strikes you immediately as an honest/untouched example. It is what I refer to as a "well-balanced" helmet, with all components matching each other as far as wear, age and patina. The helmet is an M35 shell that was over-hauled at a refurbishment facility. The shell was stripped of it's original M35 spec paint and refinished in 1940 feldgrau. The eagle decal is a Huber-jordan re-issue type which was applied and sealed with a coating of lacquer; the outline of which can be seen around the edges of the decal. It remains 97% intact and shows in good contrast with the paint that has retained it's color and not effected by patina or the shine caused by collector handling. $1375.00

 

 

New! Item 349 M40 Luftwaffe Helmet

       

       

This is an Hkp64 Luftwaffe helmet that has seen definite extended use before being given a re-paint in Luftwaffe blue.  The eagle decal remains visible in outline under the feld-blau over paint but it is obviously nicked and damaged. The liner shows wear but no abuse. The chinstrap has commensurate wear but we can still see the delightful maker mark and 1943 date. This one is simple, honest and basic. $495.00

 

 

New! Item 351 M1940 "First pattern" pith Helmet

       

   

This is just a basic solid example of the M1940 tropical pith helmet as issued to German service men on their way to Africa from 1941 to 1943. It is made by Dicke and marked with thier ink-stamp MM41. The cork body is in fine shape with no crushed or malformed parts. The canvas covering is intact as well as the green leather trim and light-weight chinstrap. The shields are aluminum and they appear to be original to the helmet. ON HOLD

 

 

 

 Item 341 M40 DAK Luftwaffe camouflage Helmet

     

     

     

       

This is about as "Afrika" as you can get. The helmet is an SE62 single decal Luftwaffe which has been painted over in a delightfully "pink-ish" tan paint. This particular shade of paint is most associated with service in Africa because it happens to be the shade used by the British army for their dessert vehicles and undoubtedly great amounts of it fell into the hands of PanzerarmeeAfrika during the see-saw battles across the dessert. This helmet has the paint inside the inner skirt f the helmet and is even spilled onto the liner frame and the chinstrap; giving indication that the chinstrap is original to the helmet. You can see the outline of the underlying Luftwaffe decal showing though the tan paint. Very good and honest wear is displayed on this helmet inside and out. You would have to really hunt to find a more satisfying example of a true "AfrikaKorps" helmet. SOLD

 

 

 Item 342 M35 "Normandy" camouflage army Helmet

       

       

       

   

This is the type of helmet for which I receive the most requests through-out any given year. A typical three-color spray camo which is composed of the standard colors most often associated with service in Normandy during the summer of 1944.  This helmet was originally a double decal army and you can see evidence of underlying decals on both sides. The helmet5 was re-worked at some point; presumably after 1940 by the covering of the decal though a total repaint. A wartime steel framed liner was installed. Later; presumably in 1944, a three-color spray camouflage finish was applied. The helmet is honest inside and out showing moderate wear to the liner and damage to the paint in all the right places. The soldier "Schneider" painted his name neatly on the rear skirt; basically topping off this helmet with a detail that we all like to see. I would venture to call this helmet a "top-shelf" example. SOLD

 

 

 Item 343 M40 Luftwaffe chicken-wire camouflage Helmet

       

       

       

       

     

This Q62 M40 helmet started out life as a single decal Luftwaffe. It was; at some point afterwards, painted over on the exterior in ordnance tan paint, covering the exterior. Inside you can see that a paint run entered the interior of the helmet through a vent hole and ran downward to the rim of the helmet. It was wiped off leaving a smear which is just above the line of the liner frame. The helmet was subsequently painted over in a dark grey/green. The chicken-wire half-basket was added over this grey/green finish. Looking closely at the wire strands you can see that the wire was panted in dark color paint before being applied to the helmet. It makes sense. If you are a soldier about to use a piece of shiny new galvanized wire to cover your helmet; are you not going to apply paint over that shiny wire? I have found that this is an aspect that the fakers have never taken into consideration since they generally use old wire that has already been oxidized/corroded by age. I feel confident in calling this an original chicken-wire helmet and attaching my guarantee to it as such. The Luftwaffe eagle decal shows through in small damaged areas of the dark finish paint. There are also multiple places where the underlying tan paint can be seen; particularly beneath the split-pin heads. This helmet has one drawback (which has nothing to do with it's complete originality) At some point, the inner liner frame was drawn away from the interior of the shell causing a kink in the liner frame and a break to one of the thin springs that holds the inner liner assembly to the outer frame. I have no idea what caused this and it is not noticeable from a display standpoint but must nevertheless be mentioned here. Basically; if you buy this helmet, you are going to get a very good looking original example of a chicken-wire camouflage helmet that you will not have to worry about it's originality. SOLD

 

 

 Item 344 M42 single decal army Helmet

     

     

   

This one is in pretty choice condition. The helmet is an NS64 with a standard C.A.Pocher eagle decal which was universally used as NS factory applications. The decal rates at 98%. The paint is also at least 95% and has no blemishes or centralized damage spots. The liner shows moderate wear and the chinstrap is; by all indications, original to the helmet. Overall a very nice example of the Quintessential German WW2 Combat helmet. ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 345 M35 two-color camouflage army Helmet

       

     

   

Here is an NS64 helmet that started out life as a double decal army helmet. Sometime presumably after 1940 the helmet was painted over in brush to cover the decals. That re-paint also covered the inside skirt and you can see spots where the paint has spilled onto the liner frame. Later in the war, a two-color camouflage paint scheme was thickly applied by brush. You can figure the chain of events by examining the damaged areas. This helmet saw extended combat use as is evidenced by the significant wear and darkening to the liner. Still, the leather remains intact and sound. The chinstrap is a post 1940 type but appears to be original to the helmet since pre-1945. This one is a great display and is impeccably original.  ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 336 M40 Army camouflage Helmet

       

       

       

     

This is an M40 re-issue helmet. I call it a re-issue due to the fact that the inside paint has texture. Factory painted helmets did not use textured paint on the interior however helmets which were rework at wartime facilities (so called "Factory re-issues") generally used the same texture paint on the inside and outside. Further, the single army decal which had been applied appears to not have been covered with protective lacquer. This is evidenced by the way portions  of the decal have come off at some point after the camouflage paint was applied to the helmet exterior. The helmet shell is an ET64 with a 211 steel lot accountability number indicating fairly early production. When the helmet was refurbished, it was presumably completed with a prior used aluminum re-enforced liner. Looking closely, one can see evidence of re-bent liner split-pins. You can take this as evidence of the wartime rebuild (and reutilization of components) or you can take it as the pins having been bent again at some unknown point afterwards. Sometimes I have to just sit back and admit that I don't know because I wasn't there; and that "forensic" examination of the components does not provide proof one way or the other.  All I can report is that either scenario is as likely. The camouflage pattern is an attractive one and remains 90-95% intact. The helmet appears "well balanced" overall as regards wear and age. It's quite a looker.  ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 337 M35 Sand camouflage Helmet

     

     

     

     

Examples of this camouflage type are pretty rare these days; especially when they are as intact as this one is. The helmet is an ET66 M35 which would have been a double decal helmet when it originally left the factory. However, there is no trace of any decals beneath the thick camouflage paint/sand mixture that was applied to the exterior. The over-painted exterior retains 95% of the sand/paint mixture. The liner shows moderate wear. There is an unreadable ink stamp inside the dome. The chinstrap is full-length but the maker mark is worn to the pint of being non-discernable. This one makes a great display of a rare camouflage pattern. ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 338 M35 double decal army Helmet

     

     

     

This is an ET64 with 95% of it's pre-war smooth texture paint. The eagle decal is a textbook ET type and remains 90% intact. The national color shield is in like condition. The leather of the liner shows moderate wear and is completely intact. The liner is an aluminum re-enforced frame with a 1938 date. The chinstrap is dated likewise 1938. The dome acceptance stamp is dated 1939 with a "B" stamp in addition. The steel lot number of the helmet is 4147 which places the likely time frame of manufacture to be in the first month or two of 1939 so it is not surprising to see 1938 dated components. This one is a real looker and is 100% honest all the way around. SOLD

 

 

 Item 339 M35 double decal army Helmet

     

     

Here is an NS64 double decal M35 helmet with a 1938 dated liner frame. The dome acceptance stamp cannot be made out in it's entirety however it is assumed to be 1938. The chinstrap has been trimmed at the end to remove slack but it appears by all indications to be original to the helmet. The army eagle decal is a classic C.A. Pocher which was universally used as factory applications by NS through-out 1936-1943. The paint is the typical dark shade applied by NS during this period. (1938). The liner leather is moderately worn but completely intact and sound. ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 340 M1940 tropical pith Helmet

     

     

   

This is a first pattern Canvas covered pith helmet manufactured by August Schneider of Dresden. Helmets by this maker usually have a very good shape to them being more rounded than others. This example has excellent leather trim, chinstrap and a sound sweatband. The insignia plaques are matching and in excellent shape. The helmet bears a "made in Germany" tag on this inside; indicating it was imported into this country in the 1970s. This helmet comes with a pair of standard infantry issue dust goggles which may or may not be worn over it; depending upon your preference. $475.00

 

 

 

 Item 330 M42 Single decal Waffen SS Helmet

       

     

     

This is the nicest example of an M42 SS helmet that I have been able to offer in at least the last 5 years. The shell is a Ckl66 with a steel lot accountability number of 31xx indicating the likely production time-frame as the summer of 1943 and thus one of the last SS helmets produced which had a factory applied decal. The decal itself is a textbook ET/Ckl type which remains 97% intact. The shield shows minor wear in an evenly spread pattern. The background of the decal remains silver/white; not having been much effected by patina. The paint is typical light texture as seen on Ckl helmets of this period. It remains 95% intact with a few small areas of centralized damage/chipping. The size 59 liner is intact and sound; being in a very nice condition with wear having produced a "bowl" shape to the leather. The name of an SS soldier "Schliemann" is written onto the leather of the liner.  I have to describe this SS helmet as being very near "top shelf" condition. ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 331 M35 Double decal Luftwaffe Helmet

     

     

   

Here is a very decent 1939 dated ET64 Luftwaffe helmet with 92% decals and paint. The first model droop-tail eagle shows some chipping over the surface but the details are excellent. There is a faint 1939 dated acceptance stamp inside the dome. The liner is a re-enforced aluminum frame (dated 1939) with very good leather. The chinstrap is a brown Luftwaffe type and is unit marked as is almost typical for pre-1940 Luftwaffe helmets. The end of the strap has been period shortened about an inch in order to remove slack. This is a well balanced helmet with a very honest look to it.  SOLD

 

 

 Item 324 M35 Double decal army Helmet

       

       

Fresh from "out of the woodwork" in south-east Michigan. This is a very decent example of a double decal army helmet with a extremely honest-to-goodness fresh "attic look". Completely uncleaned and unaltered. The decals remain in very nice shape with only minor scratches. The paint has heavy patina and a "film" of attic dirt. The heer eagle is a typical ET factory application. The ET62 shell has a lot number commensurate with 1939 production. The aluminum re-enforced liner frame is dated 1939. The aluminum hardware mounted chinstrap has a maker marking but no visible date. If you like them fresh from the primary source...then this is a helmet you should consider. $2250.00

 

 

 Item 314 M35 Double decal Luftwaffe Helmet

       

       

This is a good example of one of my favorite helmets; the Luftwaffe double decal with 1st pattern droop-tail eagle. The decals on this one rate fairly high with only minor damage. The smooth texture paint is 95% intact. On the top of the shell, there is evidence of a brush strokes of matching paint having been applied crossing each other in the form of a large "asterisk" shape. I do not know the reason why this was done. The liner is a 1939 dated aluminum double ply frame with very decent leather. The helmet is an ET64 with a lot number corresponding to the liner frame date. $1300.00

 

 

 Item 982 M40 single decal Waffen SS helmet

     

     

     

 I'd be willing to bet that you haven't seen an SS decal this nice. It is a classic Quist runic shield applied to a Q66 M40 helmet of 1940 vintage. The entire helmet is completely untouched. Take note of the matte quality of the paint which retains excellent texture and has not been altered by collector handling or patina. The steel framed liner band is dated 1940. The leather of the liner has a dark spot which could indicate this as a "KIA" helmet. Overall this M40 SS fits every definition of being "Top shelf" for it's condition and untouched state. ON HOLD

 

 

 

 Item 307 M35 Double decal army Helmet

     

     

     

This is an SE66 M35 helmet dating to 1937 via the date of the non-reinforced liner frame and the chinstrap. The paint is still quite matte in appearance; not having acquired a sheen or shine from handling wear. The Heer eagle decal remains 98% intact. You can see definite razing in the lacquer coating which gives the insignia tons of character and honesty added to it's considerably nice condition. The national color shield is one of the nicest I have seen. Overall, this one should be considered very close to the "top shelf". SOLD

 

 

Item 835 M42 Tan camouflage helmet

       

       

 This is an Hkp62 M42 helmet which was produced as a no-decal. It has been painted over in a tannish color paint applied by brush to the exterior as well as the inside skirt covering up to the liner frame. Some paint has gotten onto the frame in a couple of spots. I have always been a big fn of helmets which have been field repainted in such a manner. The helmet was issued too late in the war to be considered a DAK helmet. Indeed it is likely that it was used in Northwest Europe rather than Italy/Sicily. The paint has survived quite well and this one displays excellently. ON HOLD

 

 

 

Item 985 M40 army camouflage helmet

       

       

     

 This is a Q64 single decal army helmet that was brush painted in a two-color swirl pattern. 85% of the camouflage pant remains intact. The army decal is buried under there and is not visible. The liner shows hard use and subsequent storage based damage. All components of this helmets are original and the condition is as it was acquired from the primary source (the "woodwork") however at some point; almost certainly post-war, somebody got into the liner and "Jimmy'd" it. I think they may have taken it out and they even dismantled the inner frame assembly from the outer frame as it shows evidence of being reassembled with very amateur hands. (Actually, I have seen this more than once when buying a helmet even from the veteran himself; a case where a non-collector just wanted to take the helmet apart and see what makes it tick) in any case, the helmet has not been altered or enhanced in anyway and in that sense it remains an honest piece that is highly display-able and attractive. ON HOLD

 

 

 

 Item 970 A pair of M42 single decal army helmets

From the same unit captured at Cherbourg, France; June 1944

 

       

     

 

       

     

 

   

 This is a fairly unique pair of helmets. They were not brought to the US by a single veteran but were sourced by me in two different places some two years apart from each other. (One came from North Carolina and the other from South Dakota.) They are both Ckl64 helmet shells. They are both M42 single decal army helmets with 95% paint and 95% decal. Liners are original, intact and sound. Chinstraps are original; one is marked and the other is not. Both have a name and feldpost number hand painted at the rear skirt. The feldpost number is from a mortar unit which was attached to the Cherbourg defenses in the spring of 1944. Although there is no information on the veteran(s) who brought these helmets home in 1945, it is pretty safe to assume that they were captured at the time that Cherbourg fell to the US VII corps (composed of the US 4th, 9th and 79th infantry divisions). One helmet belonged to a gefreiter and the other to an oberleutnant (who may indeed have been the company commander). The fact that they have been re-united here is by virtue of a remarkable coincidence. Individually, they are wonderful examples of completely honest combat helmets. Together, they make a display which is nothing less than extraordinary. ON HOLD

 

 

 

NEW! Item 981 M1916 helmet of the Portuguese army corps / western front 1917

       

     

 Portugal ended up sending 2 divisions to Europe to man about 15 miles of the western Front. They didn't fare too well against the German offensives of 1918; suffering heavy casualties. Portuguese equipment and helmets were supplied mainly by the British but were of specific Portuguese design. There is only one type of helmet shell but over the years I have observed them in various configurations such as liner and paint. This one has a three pads liner with pillows in pockets at the rear. The chinstrap is attached by very lightweight wire bales. The finish apparently has several coats of paint, the most recent being French "Horizon blue". An very rare example of a very rare production helmet. $650.00

 

 

 

 Item 943 M1940 Luftwaffe Pith helmet

   

   

 This is a brown leather trimmed Luftwaffe pith helmet which never had the metal insignias applied at the sides. It was instead; hand-painted in white with the insignia hand painted at the sides. I would imagine that it was for use as a parade helmet. It remains in overall sturdy condition but has been stored in a basement so is dirty and has red paint spilled on it. Still this helmet deserves love like the rest of us. $195.00

 

 

 Item 926 1930s black SS parade helmet

       

     

 These are referred to as "Parade" helmets because during the early mid 30s the basic function of the SS was as a Guard unit. Helmets such as these were worn during such duties but are more remembered for the parades and functions such as featured in Leni Reifenstahls "Triumph of the will". This is a commercially produced helmet which is of a type documented as being worn by the SS. Hand painted insignias were the norm until the standardization of SS helmet insignia by order of Himmler's office in August of 1935 (See "Helmet decals of the third Reich"; page 149) The insignia on this helmet is a hand-rendered set of Runes within a shield shape. Close-up examination of the insignia leaves little doubt as to it's authenticity as a pre-1935 applied example. The helmet itself is of unknown manufacture. Actually no records exist to determine which contractors produced these helmets at this time. The liner and chinstrap assembly are commensurate with other examples of the period. This example remains in intact and sound condition. Price $5800.00

 

 

 Item 895 M35 single decal army helmet

     

     

 This is an M35 re-issue helmet which is a size 66 however the maker/size markings have been completely obscured by the wartime applied textured finish. (It appears to be an ET or SE shell) When undergoing refurbishment, the shell had been completely stripped of it's original M35 spec paint and decals before being painted in M40 spec paint. A Heer service branch decal was applied over the paint. It is a re-issue type produced by Methner & Berger and remains 90% intact. The liner assembly is a post 1940 steel framed type which was installed at the time of the refurbishment. The chinstrap has every indication of being original to the helmet. The exterior of the helmet bears slight traces of a former whitewash. Overall; this is a helmet with a great "honest" look to it and no doubt; saw action on at least a couple of fronts during the war. $925.00

 

 

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 Item 847 M1915 Italian Adrian helmet

fitted as a parade helmet for a General

 

     

     

 This an original M1915 helmet produced for Italy by France. (France was an industrial giant during WW1. Once they got production of the M15 rolling, they were turning them out by the bushel; supplying them to any country who had enough money to order them. Few other countries took the pains to design and produce their own helmet...there was a war on, you know.) The shell is a medium size one with factory applied green paint and standard M15 liner (as would be found in any Adrian produced at that time) It was made without frontal badge retention holes. The standard Italian helmet of the period did not use frontal badges. This helmet is fitted with a cloth backed silver eagle and silver side mount for a parade plume. Comes from the Rudy D'angelo collection. $3000.00

 

 

 

 Item 655 Ssh36 Soviet army helmet, dated 1936!

     

   

   

 Here is an example of one of the first Ssh 36 helmets to be produced. The shell retains 90% of its original green paint and the early pre-war style red star is mostly present on the front. The shell is a size marked as a size 4. (earlier Ssh helmets were made in 4 different sizes; later ones only in 3 sizes) The liner is the cloth bag style used until the early war years; at5 which time it was replaced by the three pads system. This helmet has an early cloth strap with grommeted buckle prong holes. The crowning feature is the maker mark and 1936 production date. A very rare helmet in very nice, original condition. $1950.00

 

 

 

 

      

  

    

 

 

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