ORIGINAL HELMETS

 

 

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New! Item 454 M35 Double decal schutzpolizei Helmet

       

     

     

     

This may be the best police M35 that I have been able to offer. It is from ETs 1937 police contract. The early smooth texture paint is almost flawless and has very even color with no blemishes and not overly effected by patina and handling wear. The decals are quite strong; being nearly 100% intact.  The helmet shell  bears a smudged 1937 dated acceptance stamp inside the dome. The Liner frame is dated 1937. The chinstrap maker marking is weak but I believe it is a 1937 dated Rahm-Kampmann. The helmet is a big one for those of you who like size 68s. All components are matching dates and are original to the helmet. This helmet could be a centerpiece. It's that nice. ON HOLD

 

 

New! Item 455 M35 double decal army Helmet

      

     

     

     

One of the more pleasant M35 Double decal army helmets that have come my way in quite a while. This one is a massive 68 shell size and is made by EF. It has the earlier used lighter shade of feldgrau that was used by EF during the first months of production (Late 1937-1938) yet it doesn't have the Pocher or Huber-Jordan eagle which was used for the earlier applications. This eagle is the first of EFs "house brand" types;  produced by August Juttner which appeared in 1938. The helmet bears a good, clear 1938 dated acceptance stamp inside the dome and the liner frame is dated 1938. The chinstrap is a 1937 dated Wilhelm Ellars. All components are in commensurate condition and are original to the helmet. $5900.00

 

 

New! Item 456 M35 Double decal army Helmet

       

       

     

Here is a very good basic example of a Quist Double decal army helmet. It has a fairly nice finish which is the earlier style light shade of feldgrau used in 1937. The decals show moderate wear matching in condition to the paint. The liner is intact and sound with a 1937 dated single ply liner. The chinstrap appears to be original to the helmet and is in commensurate condition. It is dated 1938. $2500.00ON HOLD

 

 

New! Item 457 M42 Luftwaffe single decal Helmet

       

     

Here is a ET64 mid-war example of 1942 vintage. The maker marking placed at the side indicates it was produced before spring 1943. The lot number is missing a digit. Most likely it is the last digit missing; making this helmet in the 1800 series. In any case, the wartime textured paint is 95% intact. The Luftwaffe eagle decal is quite nice; showing only minor abrasive wear on the left wing. The liner shows only light wear. $725.00

 

 

New! Item 458 M1940 Luftwaffe pith Helmet

     

     

Green canvas pith helmets are so much harder to find than tan canvas ones. This one has all intact leather trim and chinstrap in the correct brown leather for Luftwaffe issue. The canvas is in good shape and the pressed cork body is in good form with no dents. The Luftwaffe eagle and the national color shields are 100% original; being made from tombak. Around the eagle you can see the outline of a shield shape slightly pressed ito the canvas. This indicates that a sheild, rather than the eagle was once applied on this side. Could it be that the insignias were placed on the wrong sides for a time? In any case, the insignias were removed and replaced at some point. The chinstrap shows a repair at one side as you can see in the photos. The helmet makes a fine display and is priced cheaply due to these issues. $475.00

 

 

 Item 445 M42 Double decal Waffen SS Helmet

 

       

     

This is an example of the rarely encountered M42 Double decal Waffen SS helmet. It has always been assumed that these were made for Foreign troops of the Waffen SS in 1943. I have a new and slightly different theory. In 1943, the SS needed X number of helmets and each of the five factories were already engaged in other contracts so the EF factory was obliged to take a number of helmets from an existing contract of Police helmets which had been already finished but not yet shipped out. Rather than strip the insignias from the helmets, they simply applied a Pocher decal over the Police shields and left the existing party shield intact. This would be my explanation for why a double decal helmet was issued to the SS so late in the war. The German's didn't mean to or care to issue a double decal combat helmet but it was more expedient than to remove the party shields. In the end; it is only a theory. None of us was there and no documentary evidence exists.

The helmet is an EF 64 with a very good appearance due to honest wear overall. The decals rate at 85-90% overall and the damage is not centrally located but spread evenly. The liner shows commensurate wear. Overall a very good example of a very rare variant helmet. $8000.00

 

 

 Item 446 M40 Single decal army Helmet

     

   

     

Everybody loves a nice M40 single decal army helmet. This one is an ET64 with 95% of it's original M40 spec paint. The decal is a textbook ET factory applied type and rates at 90% The liner has a nice bowl shape indicating moderate wear. It has no damage. There is a name penned onto the leather. You can see the 1940 type ET factory acceptance stamp inside the dome.  ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 407 M42 Single decal Luftwaffe Helmet

     

     

   

This is an ET66 Luftwaffe helmet with 95%+ of it's wartime textured paint. The paint is the typical grey-blue which was used by ET and remains in very nice condition with excellent matte quality and no color-altering patina. You will notice that there is a paint blob at the left side air-vent. Occasionally even German helmet painters got to hurrying a bit when the Friday afternoon bell is about to ring....The decal is the standard eagle which was used for ET factory applications. It remains 97% intact. Liner shows moderate wear but is intact with no problems. All in all an honest and "well-balanced" helmet. $850.00

 

 

 

 Item 447 M1 US Helmet, early (1942)

       

       

       

If a fellow wanted a sinlge nice example of a US M1 helmet from WW2, this would have to be it. The shell is an early one with bronze chinstrap hardware. The steel lot number is stretched and faint (as many of them are due to the lot number being stamped into the letal before it is drawn into the shape of the shell.) The paint has the correct texture and remains 99% intact. The line ris a 3rd mdel Hawley fiber type which was made in late 1942. The liner chinstrap is the correct early type with brown painted hardware. Just the type that should be seen with the 3rd model Hawley. As for condition; well you can't really ask for better. ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 448 Ssh40 Russian Helmet

       

       

This is a neat helmet that I picked up this summer in the Flea market in Leipzig, Germany. It is an original Russian Ssh40 helmet with the early war cloth bowl liner and composite material sweat band. Apparently captured by the Germans; The helmet was over-painted in a very dark grey-green that I have sometimes seen on late war German helmets and field gear. I don't know why the Germans repainted it but would assume for issue to some rear area unit (much as those Dutch reworked helmets of the same period) $450.00

 

 

 Item 449 M17 US WW1 Helmet

       

!00 years old. It's hard to believe. This is a standard US M17 helmet with 98% original factory paint and a very intact and sound original liner and chinstrap. Can't ask for a lot better as far as condition. ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 450 M40 single decal Luftwaffe Helmet

     

   

Here is a decent M40 single decal Luftwaffe helmet SE66 with 90% original paint and a good looking Eage decal. Overall she shows wear but no abuse. The liner is intact and sound. The chinstrap is apparently original to the helmet. It is nt marked. ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 451 M40 Luftwaffe helmet ID'd to a heavy Flak regiment

       

       

This is an ET62 Single decal :Luftwaffe helmet with 90% original paint and a very decent eagle decal. The liner has a finger torn from it. The liner is named and has a feldpost number written into it.  The feldpost number is one which was assigned to Heavy Flak abteilung 634 which was formed in October 30 of 1942 in LuftGau XII. The unit was comprised of six batteries which were distributed around Nuremberg.  The chinstrap has a tear on the long portion which can be seen in the photo. SOLD

 

 

 Item 452 M42 single decal army Helmet w/camouflage

       

     

This is a worn example of a two color camouflage pattern M42 single decal army helmet. The exterior was over-painted in Green with brown stripes.  The helmet took a fairly heavy hit from a bullet or shrapnel but it did not completely penetrate the shell. The wearer may have survived (assuming there weren't other projectiles striking him from other directions...) The helmet is an NS64. SOLD

 

 

 Item 453 M42 single decal army Helmet

     

   

This helmet shows considerable wear on the exterior. The paint and decal are worn pretty thin. The shell is a rear marked NS66. The liner and strap are in very decent condition. SOLD

 

 

 Item 427 M38 No-decal Paratrooper Helmet

       

       

     

   

     

This is an overall decent example of a later war German no-decal paratrooper helmet. It is the flared-rim version that was made in 1944. The paint remains 95% intact and is quite good in that it has not been subject to handling wear which tends to make it shiny and dark. The texture is excellent. The leather of the liner is decent but the straps; although complete are dry and a bit stiff. $3950.00

 

 

 Item 431 M38 camouflage paratrooper Helmet

     

       

     

     

     

       

       

This is a very nice example of a paratrooper helmet which appears to have the style of camouflage over-paint which was applied to helmets by members of the 6th fallschirmjaeger regiment prior to the battles around Carentan, Normandy. This helmet is an ET68 with a 4950 lot number indicating a likely production period of very early 1940. The camouflage paint consists of two colors which are mixed with sawdust with is evenly spread over the surface of the helmet. The liner is intact with leather that is worn but in very good condition. There is one issue with the liner which I have observed and was apparently un-noticed by the last two owners. With M38 helmets, the rubber padding material is normally sewn to the liner frame by two sets of heavy stitches running through holes stamped into the metal outer band. In the case of this helmet it appears that they were attached by means of some sort of thick epoxy. This epoxy has dried and shrunken to a degree; leaving the padding no longer attached firmly to the inside of the metal frame. It is not particularly loose nor falling out but the separation can bee seen all around the inner circumference of the liner frame. I cannot state for certain when this epoxy was applied; period or no. One other thing; One of the rear straps has been repaired in a fairly professional way. (see photos) It looks like it was done by a saddle maker. There are two likelihoods here. One is that it was wartime repaired and the other is that the strap was cut in order to remove the helmet from the head of the soldier and later repaired post-war for esthetic purposes. Looking at the ding in the rear rim of the helmet; it's fairly obviously that probably somebody got hurt really bad... so I am betting that the strap was cut to remove the helmet and then later was repaired. Overall this helmet has a wonderful appearance. The bolts do not appear to have been turned since the paint was applied. The straps are supple and sound and all displays quite well. SOLD

 

 

 Item 435 M40 single decal army Chicken-wire camouflage Helmet

       

       

     

     

   

This is an ET64 single decal army helmet that was camouflaged by three color spray. The decal was covered completely.  The helmet was further camouflaged by the addition of a full basket of medium gauge chicken-wire. The camouflage paint remains in 95% condition and the three colors contrast well with each other. There are subtle signs of interaction between the wire and the surface of the helmet. The liner shows moderate use and wear. As much as I am always preaching about the caution that should be shown when judging a chicken-wire helmet; I can say that this example is one in which I thoroughly believe. It's a knock-out.  $12,500.00

 

 

 Item 436 M35 double decal Luftwaffe chicken-wire camouflage Helmet

       

     

       

       

As chicken-wire helmets go; this one ranks among the best. The helmet began life an a double decal EF66 Luftwaffe helmet. It was later painted over in a subtle three color pattern; being mostly comprised of two shades of yellowish-green and a bit of brick-red added. The wire is a full basket of medium weight/medium gauge which has the remains of paint on it's oxidized surface which matches the colors of the camouflaged helmet exterior. The helmet shows signs of having been used and there are scratches and damage to the finish but it retains a very unique and attractive look. The liner is intact and sound and the helmet is named on the rear skirt. The chinstrap is a correct pre-1940 :Luftwaffe type and is by all indications; original to the helmet. This helmet was found as a "sleeper" at the Louisville Gun show about 4 years ago. It quickly became the talk of the show. I hounded the guy who found it until he made a deal to sell it to me. ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 437 M35 Double decal SS Helmet

     

     

     

     

This is one of the most attractive examples which I have ever seen. Not because of a "Minty" appearance but because it has that certain honest look about it. A true one -looker from first glance. The shell is an ET64 with 95% paint coverage. A very good light patina has settled over the helmet very evenly. The SS runic shield is a textbook pre-1940 ET style. The party shield has a few scratches in it but rates at a solid 92%. The liner shows moderate wear. There are a total of three names penned inside the liner indicating the helmet was issued and re-issued again to at least three different soldiers. The liner frame is dated 1939. The lot number of the shell indicates 1939 production. The chinstrap is by all indications; original to the helmet and is a product of Rahm-Kampmann; Wuppertal. I cannot make out the last 2 digits of the date. If did not own any other M35 DD SS helmets, I would be happy to own this one. SOLD

 

 

Item 443 M40 Tropical camouflage single decal army Helmet

       

       

This is one of the most honest appearing tropical tan painted helmets which I've yet seen. The paint appears to have been of fairly thin viscosity which allows the eagle decal to show through nicely. The helmet is an SE66 and shows very even and moderate wear through-out. The chinstrap appears to be original to the helmet.  SOLD

 

 

Item 444 M40 Luftwaffe Helmet; "Herman Goering" division

       

     

     

The main feature of this helmet is not so much the interesting thick camouflage paint but the fact that it is named to an NCO of the pioneer regiment of the Herman "Goering" regiment. The helmet is an M40 Luftwaffe which assumabley had a single Luftwaffe decal on it before the application of the thick, light brown mud-like camo. The colors are just what one would expect to see in Sicily. There are some chunks chipped out of the top of the helmet and overall it shows considerable wear but it is one of the most interestng camouflage helmets that I have ever run across. Any piece of equipment which is ID'd to the Herman Goering regiment is extremely rare and has always been highly sought after.  ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 377 M40 Single decal Luftwaffe Helmet

     

     

   

Here is a fairly early M40 Luftwaffe helmet; Q66 with 99% paint and decal. Very good texture and matte quality. The split pins are from earlier contracted batches which were painted with smooth texture paint. The helmet bears the laundry marking of a US soldier (Last name initial and last 4 digits of Army service number) A splendid example. $750.00 ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 414 M35 Re-issue schutzpolizei Helmet

       

     

       

This is a fairly early M35 ET66 helmet which was either originally a Police or an army helmet. It was later refurbished with darker paint and a set of police decals. The inside rim of the helmet is painted over in a finish which has much more texture than the exterior. I have no explanation for this and have not seen this feature before; however, by all indications the paint is pre-1945 through-out. The helmet ha the original wearers name penned into the liner but this was subsequently crossed out and another name was written on the leather. This name also appears on a tag which is glued inside the dome of the helmet. Overall a very interesting hemet with obvious history. $1900.00

 

 

 Item 433 M35 double decal army Helmet

     

     

     

This is an EF66 double decal army helmet of 1939 vintage. The Eagle decal is a C.A. Pocher which was used as factory applications at EF during 1939. The decals rate at 95% while the paint remains 95% intact. The paint is that particular shade of darker feldgrau which was used on EF helmets from 1938-1939. The liner shows good age and wear with one of the fingers torn. SOLD

 

 

 Item 393 M40 chicken-wire helmet (formerly a tropical camo) Helmet

       

       

       

This Q62 helmet originally left the factory as a single decal Luftwaffe. At some point, the helmet was painted over in tan paint. Later it was painted over in feldgrau paint. The decal has been completely obscured. The wire mesh was added after the feldgrau over-paint. The wire is a typical pre-1945 pattern being made of galvanized material which was zinc coated by immersion after the mesh was woven. All of the characteristics (such as interaction between the wire and the helmet surface) are there which point to this being an original pre-145 wire helmet. $2400.00

 

 

 

 Item 428 M40 Double decal Police Helmet

     

     

     

This is a very nice example of a mid-war Quist police helmet. It is an M40 Q64 with 95% paint and decals. The liner shows moderate wear as does the chinstrap. Overall the helmet has a super honest appearance. $1900.00

 

 

 Item 429 M42 Luftwaffe Helmet

       

     

     

This is one of the very few "double decal" M42 helmets which I have ever felt comfortable in assessing as completely original. The helmet left the factory as a single decal ET66 Luftwaffe helmet with the correct factory applied eagle decal. At some point subsequently, a national color shield was added by hand painting to the left side of the helmet. I have examined this one from top to bottom and I am convinced that it is a period modification and I am wiling to put that into writing.  SOLD

 

 

 Item 410 M35 camouflage army Helmet

       

       

     

This M35 helmet started life as a double decal army but was refurbished according to 1940 specifications with textured paint and a Post 1940 steel framed liner. The helmet was later camouflaged by spray application of standard ordnance tan and green paint. There is no sign of a decal beneath the camouflage paint. The leather of the liner is intact and shows moderate wear. The chinstrap appears to be original to the helmet but is not possible to verify. SOLD

 

 

 Item 411 M42 Tan camouflage army Helmet

     

     

   

This is a very attractive M42 helmet with a late war over-paint of ordnance tan. The helmet is an NS64 and most likely had an army decal however there is no trace of it beneath the tan aint. There is a certain amount of rust on the helmet's surface. The helmet is named prominently on the rear skirt. The chinstrap appears to be original to the helmet and is dated 1942. Overall a very honest looking helmet that is "well balanced" regarding component condition. $2700.00

 

 

 Item 412 M35 Luftwaffe Helmet

       

       

     

Here is an ET64 helmet originally produced in about 1938 as a double decal Luftwaffe. It was used at a flight school in Dresden as per the ink-stamp on then inside dome. It was later painted over with wartime textured paint; covering the national colors decal as per 1940 specifications. The Luftwaffe eagle decal remains 90% intact. The liner is the original factory installed aluminum re-enforced example dated 1938. The chinstrap has been broken off at the tip; most likely after the war. The leather of the liner retains a nice bowl shape and is moderately used. $1150.00

 

 

 Item 402 M35 Tropical camouflage Helmet

       

       

       

     

Here is a very good example of an M35 helmet which was over-painted in a tan finish on both the outside and the inside rim. These are my favorite kinds of tropical helmets. The tan color is a bit darker and "browner" than the most accepted shade of "Pink-tan" which is commonly associated with helmets that served with PanzerarmeeAfrika. But in my opinion, there is no hard-set rule regarding paint hue. I have seen verifiable DAK used helmets in a wide range of tan colors. This example was painted over any underlying decals and there is paint spillage on the aluminum liner frame. The liner is dated 1938. The leather is darkened by moisture (most likely perspiration) It is just the way we want to see helmets which have supposedly been worn in tropical areas. The chinstrap appears to be original to the helmet being in commensurate condition. I believe that the maker mark is "Rahm-Kampmann 1938" but I cannot verify it due to the wear. Overall this is a well-balanced helmet; all components being in like condition. $2850.00

 

 

 

 Item 371 M1940 Luftwaffe tropical pith Helmet

     

   

This is a fairly late helmet; most likely dating to 1943. The sweatband is not marked with any date or manufacturer. The cork body is in excellent condition with no breaks or crushed spots. The leather trim remains in excellent condition with only the most minor scuffing. The Luftwaffe eagle is a fairly high quality silver finished tombak version. The prongs are sound and firmly affixed to the side of the helmet. The helmet size is a real whopper. Although it is not size marked, it is at least a size 60. One of the better examples that I have seen. $700.00

 

 

 

Item 355 Photo of Luftwaffe gefreiter with M35 helmet

This photo is about 2 X 3 inches. It's an original print of a period portrait. It is blank on the rear. $25.00 postpaid

 

 

 

 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 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

 

      

  

    

 

 

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