ORIGINAL HELMETS

 

 

 UPDATED JUNE 2... I just added another 5 helmets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW! Item 983 M35 Double decal army helmet

"Possibly the first ever produced by Quist"

     

     

     

 This is an extraordinary piece. It is an early all-matching 1936 dated M35 Quist helmet (shell size 64) which was factory finished as per the first Heer contract with the quist company. I believe that the first Quist M35s were the 40,000 unit order for the schutzpolizei in early 1936. The lot number of this Heer helmet falls within the observed range of those police helmets. (29XX) The painted finish of this helmet is the same shiny feldgrau as used with the 1936 Polizei contract. This helmet has NOT been polished or shined. This is the factory applied color with no alteration. The decal is a rare example f the first generation Quist "House-decal". It is the four toe version which was later altered by the modification of the left foot causing collectors to later term it the "Bigfoot". (If you have a copy of the decal book which I wrote with Anders Lehrman, you can read the information we put there.) The army decal rates at 98%. The painted finish likewise remains 98% intact. The interior components of the helmet are all original to it and are each dated 1936. Overall a helmet which is above "top shelf" for it's condition, early original components and it's rarity. ON HOLD

 

 

NEW! Item 984 M40 Army Camouflage helmet

       

     

 I dug deep into the "Ken Niewiarowicz vault" to come up with this one. I bought this helmet at a gun-show in the spring of 1986. The seller had just picked it up by being an "early bird" garage-sale goer on his way to the show. He had thought to keep it for himself but when I saw it, I just had to talk him into selling it to me.

This is an EF62 single decal army helmet with a thick texture brush-applied three-color camouflage pattern which remain 95% intact. The colors are superb for their vibrant and clear quality. The contrast is excellent. The paint appears to be thickened but there is no sawdust or texture added. This helmet is profiled in my first book: "Germany's combat helmets" in 2009. The liner and strap are original and just how it came out of the woodwork almost 30 years ago. Since then, it's only been owned by me. Now it can be yours. SOLD

 

 

NEW! 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. $2200.00

 

 

 

NEW! Item 986 M35 Double decal Luftwaffe helmet

     

       

 Here is a Q68 double decal Luftwaffe helmet that has every appearance of just coming out of the attic. The shell retains good paint coverage. The decals have matching patina and enough age/wear to show real character. The size...well, everybody loves a size 68 helmet. SOLD

 

 

NEW! Item 987 M35 Veteran "Landser's" combat helmet

       

       

 Here is a helmet for those of you who are looking for the real "combat veteran" look. It is a Q64 M35 helmet which originally left the factory as a double decal army. It has been over-painted; covering the decals and looks to have seen service all the way to the gates of Moscow and then through Normandy. The liner is the original factory installed aluminum non-re-enforced type which shows clear evidence of hard and protracted use. The leather is darkened by sweat and moisture. The non-re-enforced liner band is broken at one side (this is the reason that they later re-enforced them!) Overall it is honest, solid and sound with no post-war alteration. It deserves a place on a collectors shelf. ON HOLD

 

 

NEW! Item 988 M40 single decal Luftwaffe helmet

     

     

 Here is your garden-variety M40 Luftwaffe helmet made by Quist in a shell size 64. This one has that slightly used look that we all enjoy with no spots of glaring damage. The paint and decal both rate at 97%. The leather liner shows moderate wear. The chinstrap appears original to the helmet. At least it was manufactured by a maker that had Luftwaffe contracts. I wouldn't mind having this one on my own shelf. SOLD

 

 

NEW! Item 989 M40 single decal army helmet

       

     

 Now here is a real dandy helmet. Super clean on the outside and a light "lived-in" look on the inside. The helmet is an SE62 with paint and texture being very typical of this maker during M40 production. The paint remains 99% and the decal is not too far behind. The liner is pigskin and shows moderate wear and some darkening most likely caused by post-war environment. Check out that decal carefully. You'll fall in love with it. ON HOLD

 

 

NEW! Item 990 M40 single decal Luftwaffe tropical camouflage helmet

       

       

       

 This M40 Q64 single decal luftwaffe helmet retains about 70% of it's original tan colored paint which appears to have been applied by spray. The damage to the paint is mostly concentrated at the top of the dome. The decal (a typical application type for this maker and model) remains 95% intact. The paint around the decal shows chipped edges much the same as the damage around the entire exterior. This could indicate that the paint was removed from the decal in later years and possibly by a collector. I cannot be sure about this but in any case, I cannot warranty that this decal has not been "liberated". Still the helmet remains a near top-shelf display. The leather of the liner shows moderate use and the decal shows indications of being original to the helmet. $2750.00

 

 

 

 

 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. $9000.00

 

 

 

 Item 979 M38 Camouflaged Paratrooper helmet

Named to an Oberjager of 2nd Battalion 6th FJR

   

       

   

       

       

     

     

 This may be the nicest Camo para that I have ever been able to offer. The pattern has long been associated with the German 6th FJ regiment due to existing specimens having been brought home by US 101st airborne veterans who got them in Carentan. But this one is positively IDentified as a 6th FJR helmet due to the name, rank and unit penned into the liner; Oberjager Reidl of II/6 (second battalion, 6th regiment). The shell is an ET71 with a 200 range lot number indicating production in 1940. It was factory finished as a single decal with textured paint. The camouflage was applied most likely in the spring of 1944 as units based in Normandie were preparing for the onslaught of the allies whom they reckoned would possess overwhelming air-superiority and hence literally everything that wasn't nailed down would have to be camouflaged. The Luftwaffe decal can be slightly seen at several points; most notably the tips of the wings and the swastika. The bolts have textured paint covering them and can easily bee seen to be undisturbed indicating that the helmet has not been post-war dismantled. The liner is extraordinary for it's condition and supple quality. The chinstrap harness is in likewise supple condition; being among the best that I have ever seen as far as condition. This helmet quite literally has it all; condition, component integrity and is named / unit identified to a regiment fighting in Normandy in the summer of 1944. SOLD

 

 

 

 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. Liner s 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. Price for the pair is $4000.00 

 

 

 Item 971 M42 single decal SS helmet

       

     

 This is a Ckl66 M42 single decal SS helmet with a lot number is the low 3000 range indicating production during the summer of 1943. The decal is a classic ET/Ckl runic shield which is remarkably intact and rates at 95%. The paint did not fare that well as it is apparent that somebody did a bit of sanding/removal at the top of the dome. The liner is in very nice shape with only moderate wear and a very nice used "bowl" shape to the leather. Overall this makes a great display as a single decal SS helmet at a considerable savings. Price $2490.00

 

 

 Item 972 M40 Chicken-wire helmet

       

       

       

       

 This is a chicken-wire helmet that has everything in it that I look for in original pieces. The wire is zinc-coated after it was woven so you can see the buildup of the galvanizing in the twists where the wire is woven together. The wire was applied not long after the helmet had been over-painted in thick texture feldgrau. The wire was painted this same shade. In the close-ups of the wire, you can see it all come together; the oxidation of the zinc bleeding through the feldgrau over paint. You can see where the pattern of the wire in the paint of the helmet and how the wire has subsequently shifted. The method of application is unusual in that the "cage" can neither be termed a "half-basket" nor a "full basket". It is more like a "3/4 basket" where the wire is drawn up at the sides and wrapped around itself and held to the shell by being hooked over the helmet rim at front and back of the shell. The helmet is an SE66 single decal army but there is no trace of the decal showing through the thick over paint. The liner is intact and sound. The leather retains a nice "bowl" shape from wear. The chinstrap is; by all indications, original to the helmet. It should be noted that chicken-wire helmets are a real minefield due to the number of fakes which have been created in recent decades. This is one which I have no doubts about authenticity-wise. $3950.00

 

 

 

 Item 975 M16 camouflage helmet

     

   

 This is an ET64 M16 helmet with about 80% of it's original camouflage paint remaining. The pattern is fairly typical being angular panels separated by black lines. There are the remnants of a mail-home label at the top of the helmet but the details of it have smudged and faded over the years. The inside of the helmet shows a metal band which is all that remains of the M17 liner. Overall this one displays very well. $550.00

 

 

 Item 977 M16 combat helmet

   

   

 Here is a basic example of your basic World War one German combat helmet as would have been worn by the Kaiser's men from the Argonne to Ypres. It is an Si66 with 90% original paint and a fairly intact M16 leather framed liner. Complete helmets of this type are getting quite hard to find. SOLD

 

 

NEW! Item 978 M1940 Tropical DAK pith helmet

       

       

 Here is a good example of the M1940 pith helmet known as the "first pattern" due to it having a canvas cover over the cork body. The canvas is green rather than the more commonly encountered tan. The cork body is in good shape with no dents or soft spots. The canvas is intact. The leather trim has frayed a bit yet the chinstrap is intact and sound. Marked as a size 58 on the inside. The shields appear to be original to the helmet. ON HOLD

 

 

NEW! Item 980 M27 helmet of the Irish free state

       

       

        

 This is perhaps the rarest of production helmets; the M1927 helmet of the army of the Irish free state. It was designed to closely resemble the German M16 helmet. (it is theorized that this was a "dig" at the British; because although peace had been declared after the Irish civil war in 1922, well...they still didn't get along very well) The helmet shell was contracted to be produced by Vickers Ltd of London. (The Irish free state lacked in heavy industry). The liners were produced by the T. Smith company of Dublin. 10,021 helmets were delivered by 1928. Used by the Irish army until 1940; the vast majority of them were converted to British civil defense helmets during WW2. After the war they basically served as landfill. At some point about 25 years ago, a number of them were excavated and made their way to the collector market but the best condition ones can be described as mediocre.

This is a very rare example of an Irish M26 with original green finish and original frontal badge. The shell is marked with the Vickers Ltd marking at the rear and the liner is marked by the maker on the leather frame. You can see the permanent rivet heads which hold the liner frame to the shell. While the frontal badge is designed to be removable, the prongs of this example are crimped behind the badge and I don't want to pry them out of the clips that are mounted onto the shell of the helmet. The leather pads are intact with the pillows attached at rear. The chinstrap is the original one which was fairly shoddy; being mounted with aluminum hardware cut rather crudely to mate to the M91 style chinstrap posts. A superb example of an un-restored, unaltered original M27 helmet. This is only the second example which I have ever seen in 35 years of helmet collecting. 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 916 M18 "cut-out" Transition helmet

       

       

       

 This is a pre-1919 produced M18 "special model" ear-cut-out helmet. It bears faint maker/size markings "ET64" and has a lot number stamped into the dome of the helmet which corresponds to the correct range for those found in original cut-out helmets. The helmet was refurbished to M1940 specifications by repainting in wartime textured paint and a single decal applied to the left. The paint remains 90% intact. It appears that at some point, something was written on the top and then subsequently removed. The decal rates at 95%. The liner is intact and sound. It has a leather cord used as a tie string which could be period added or post war. The chinstrap is an early type with aluminum hardware. Original but bears to maker mark. Overall a very displayable example of a rare helmet. $2450.00

 

 

 Item 953 M35 double decal Kriegsmarine helmet

       

       

     

 

 I do not often get the chance to type "Double decal Kriegsmarine helmet" in helmet descriptions because we are talking about the rarest of all production third Reich helmets. There was only one order of these helmets contracted to be produced. Te contract year was 1938 and ET was the factory that made them. Apparently ET began work in late 1938 because they are found with both 1938 and 1939 dated components.  According to Lugwig Baer, the 1938 ET contract consisted of 20,000 units. Apparently, the Kriegsmarine; more than any other service branch, adhered to the 1940 order for removal of the tri-color shield because examples with removed or covered national color decals are encountered with KM helmets in a far higher-per-capita rate than any other service branch. Likely 80-90% of all M35 KM helmets had their colors shields removed. This example is a beautiful condition size 68 shell with 99% paint remaining intact. Both decals rate likewise at 98%. The eagle decal is a fantastic example which clearly shows the multi-layer effect when held at an angle.  The helmet bears a 1939 dated acceptance stamp inside the dome. The aluminum re-enforced liner frame is dated 1939.The chinstrap has a clear 1939 maker mark. More than simply "top shelf" this helmet may well be considered a centerpiece. ON HOLD

 

 

 

 Item 968 M16 Imperial German helmet w/souvenir artwork

       

       

     

     

 This is an NJ62 helmet produced by the United German Nickel works (Vereinigte Deutsche
Nikelwerke) of Schwerte. You may recognize this company as the make who produced helmets for the third Reich; maker code NS. During WW1 this maker produced M16 only in size 62. This helmet has almost all of it's original wartime painted finish. The liner is intact and complete. The chinstrap is original and appears original to the helmet. One of the M91 chinstrap lugs was broken off and it appears it was done way back in the day. The strap is Jerry-rigged to one side using a heavy wire. The helmet has been adorned with souvenir artwork commemorating the date/time of the armistice: 11-11-11 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month) is painted on the back in between two American flags. The "5" in a red diamond is an obvious reference to the US 5th infantry division; their insignia being a red diamond. Helmets of this type and in this condition come around quite rarely. $1950.00

 

 

 Item 947 An excellent fire-police helmet

     

     

   

   

 This is a better-than-average example having been produced for sale by the prestigious hat maker Robert Lubstein of Berlin. The black lightweight steel shell retains 98% of it's black paint. The decals are sound and still quite attractive. The helmet is complete with it's leather neck shield designed to keep sparks out of the back of the firemen's neck. The liner is double marked with the "EREL" trademark of Robert Lubstein. (Why "EREL"? ... say Lubstein's initials in German R.L. = er-el". The helmet is priced at $450.00

 

 

 

 Item 927 M42 Waffen SS single decal helmet

     

     

 Who doesn't love a good SS M42. EFs are my favorite flavor of these. This one is a charming example with a lot of the decal left. It is a textbook EF shield with the straight-across runes and whitish background. The paint rates likewise at 95%. The shell is an EF66 marked at wearers left. The strap appears by all indications to be original to the helmet. It is worn and stretched but intact. The liner shows moderate wear. Typical non-acceptance stamp in the dome. EFs rarely stamped them. This helmet goes for $4950.00

 

 

 

 Item 934 M40 single decal Luftwaffe helmet

     

         

 Everybody loves a good solid M40 Luftwaffe helmet (actually it is a helmet like this one which is the first German helmet that I ever saw at a flea market in 1979. It was priced at $30-35 and I just couldn't come up with the money.) The paint coverage is something like 97%. The decal is quite nice and the liner shows only moderate wear. The chinstrap seems to show a lot more wear but looks like it has been there for decades. Overall, this one has a great honest look to it and is an M40 Luft that I would recommend.  SOLD

 

 

 Item 935 M35 double decal schutzpolizei  helmet

       

     

 This is another example of a schutzpolizei helmet from the 1938 NS contract. It has a clear 1938 dated acceptance stamp in the dome and the liner frame bears a good clear 1938 date. The paint has surface corrosion on it but the decals have survived nicely. I have not seen too many of these in such a large size; this helmet being an NS68. SOLD

 

 

 Item 936 M40 single decal army helmet

     

   

 This is a 1940 produced Q64 helmet which appears to have been completed on a Friday afternoon when the workers were itching to go home. The eagle decal has been placed a bit high on the left side; with the top border actually applied over the vent-hole rib. The decal is an ET atyle which was used briefly by Quist during supply interruption in 1940. The paint has surface scuffs but is 97% intact. Overall the helmet has a great honest look to it and the liner shows only moderate wear. I believe that the chinstrap is original to this helmet.  ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 937 M40 beaded police helmet

   

   

 This helmet is a size 62 combat weight helmet which was produced by EF. After the helmet was stamped, it failed metallurgical testing  and was found unfit for delivery to the military. Since the factory had already spent the time and effort to stamp the planchet into a helmet, rather than scrap the whole thing, they put the shell into a jig and drew a bead around the base of the dome. This was done to designate it as unfit for military contract and was set aside to be completed for supplying to commercial contractors who supplied helmets for private purchase by members of paramilitary organizations. The helmet was then painted and finished with a civilian style liner and sold as a civil police helmet. It remains in pretty good shape and is all period original. $350.00

 

 

 

 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. $295.00

 

 

 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 915 M42 No-decal Heer helmet

     

     

 This one is a real gem. As we all know, nice M42 no-decals are going the way of the Dodo bird as more and more are falling prey to fakers who use them as canvas for fake decal artwork. This one has excellent paint which rates at 98%. The helmet shell is a Ckl 64. The liner and strap are pliable and sound with the exception of a repair made in the short end of the chinstrap near the buckle as seen in the photos. The helmet is nicely named in the leather. Makes a perfect example of a late war issue helmet. SOLD

 

 

 

 Item 894 M35 single decal army with original helmet net

       

     

 This helmet began life as an NS M35 double decal helmet which was later refurbished by having the exterior re-painted. The inside skirt was also painted over in M40 spec paint. The liner is the original 1937 dated assembly that was installed at the factory. The chinstrap is original to the helmet and is also marked and dated 1937. Oerall the helmet has very even wear patterns and no doubt saw considerable wartime use. The Net is a 100% original example of the only issue net produced for field use by all branches of the Wehrmacht. It has been added to this helmet for display and is complete with it's circumferential tie string with metal ring woven into the mesh at the rear of the helmet. There are also the two small veil hooks present but they are attached in between the liner frame and the shell. This helmet has an overall fantastic "combat used" appearance. $1450.00

 

 

 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

 

 

Do NOT forget these men and what they did for you

 

 

 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. $1950.00

 

 

 

 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

 

 

 

 Item 799 M42 Netted Luftwaffe helmet

       

     

 This is a a standard NS62 M42 Luftwaffe helmet with 95% original wartime textured paint and a textbook NS factory applied eagle decal. The netting is a 100% original example of the German issue type and by all indications is originally applied to this helmet. There are many surviving original nets in the collector world but very few which are supposed to be original to the helmet. I believe that this is an example of just such a thing.  $2000.00

 

 

 

 Item 790 M16 Austrian Schutzpolizei helmet

       

       

 This Helmet is a decent example of an Austrian Rural Gendarme M16 styule; produced in the 1930s. A good number of these were taken by the Germans after the 1938 anschluss and were re-issued to the schutzpolizei. This example still retains it's original Austrian three-pad leather liner. The chinstrap has been changed to a German M31 and two of the split-pins were replaced with German M31 pins. Likely this was done after a good deal of use which is evident by the overall condition of the helmet. It appears to be actual usage wear rather than storage wear. The decals rate at 85-90%. The police decal is a typical re-issue type used through-out the 30s and early 40s. A very good representative piece. $1300.00

 

 

 

 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

 

 

 Item 494 US M2 D-bale paratrooper helmet,

326th Airborne engineer battalion, 101st Airborne division

        

       

       

This is an original M2 US D-bale paratrooper helmet. The D-bales have broken off and were replaced by wire bales in a crude fashion. In the last two photos you will see the dimples in the stainless steel rim that are always present between the legs of the factory installed D chinstrap bales. The steel lot number of this helmet is 549B placing it within the range of helmets that were produced as D-bale jump helmets. The McCord factory in Detroit was ordered to stop production of the D-bale in mid 1943 because of the inherent weakness of the chinstrap attachments. (If this helmet had standard fixed bales, they would still be there) helmets which have undergone field expedient repairs such as this are quite common. Many examples can be seen in the excellent book on US paratrooper helmets by Michel de Trez. The chinstraps themselves are standard infantry types which were apparently taken from two separate other helmets as one of them has steel hardware while the other has bronze.

This helmet bears the hand rendered insignias of the 326th Airborne engineer battalion (which was composed of 3 companies) the tick mark appears at left indicating this helmet belonged to C company. There is evidence of former frontal and rear insignias which had been removed but I have no idea what they would have denoted. The liner is a Westinghouse paratrooper liner which would have been issued at some point after August of 1944. This liner; although completely original WW2 production, cannot be verified as being original to the helmet so let us assume that it is not. The leather chin-cup is a 4-hole example which is not the standard issue Paratrooper chin-cup. It is of WW2 vintage but is the type normally found on flight headgear. The liner bears no name or laundry mark. The left chinstrap of the helmet shell has a laundry mark with the soldiers initial of his last name followed by the last four digits of his serial number. I have done research which gives 57 possibilities as to identification. I will supply this information to the buyer and let him sort it out.

Overall, this is a striking example of a unit ID'd D-bale paratrooper helmet which definitely saw extensive action. Price $3850.00

Just as an FYI: The US army never used the nomenclature "M2" for these D-bale helmets. That is a collector term. The army referred to them as "Parachutist helmet, M1" The later wartime designed swivel-bale was termed "Parachutist helmet, M1C"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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