ORIGINAL HELMETS

 

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ORIGINAL HELMETS

 

New! 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

 

 

New! Item 434 M1923 Danish Helmet

     

     

This is very nice example of the Danish M23 helmet worn by all soldiers of the Royal Danish army on the eve of war as well as the opening days of the war following Hitler's invasion of Scandinavia. The heavily textured factory applied paint remains 98% intact. The insignia of the Royal Danish army is affixed at the front. The leather liner and chinstrap are complete and original to the helmet. The liner frame of the helmet has a brass tag affixed to it which bears the actual serial number of the helmet (Denmark was the only combatant nation to actually assign a serial number t each of their helmets) The number indicates the helmets production to be late 1939. The vast majority of Danish pre-war helmets were re-furbished for other uses in the post-war years. This is a rare example. $525.00

 

 

New! Item 435 M16 camouflage Helmet

     

       

     

Here is an M16 helmet which is a size 64 and was manufactured by "Bell-L". It has a full and intact liner consisting of three pads of chrome-tanned leather with each having a small horse-hair stuffed pillow inside a pouch on the rear. The helmet is named to a Lieutenant Mehl. The camouflage pattern is a three-color type with black separation lines of which 90% remains intact. Displays well from all angles. $1750.00

 

 

New! Item 436 M16 camouflage Helmet

     

     

     

     

This is a size 64 M16 helmet produced by the "Bell-L" maker. It has a camouflage pattern consisting of four different colors separated by black lines. The colors remain extremely vibrant and bright. The helmet shows very little handling wear and still retains it's original matte quality to the paint. It is named on the rear skirt by a penciled-in name and unit. I believe that the unit is actually a Machine-gun company.  The liner is an original M16 style with leather frame and three leather pads; each containing a small horse-hair stuffed pillow at the rear. The liner has reportedly been recently installed into this helmet as it was found without a liner. The pins appear un-molested but must be assumed to have come from another helmet. It is unlikely that one could tell that the liner has been replaced if I did not know it to be so. Overall a wonderful display piece. $1500.00 ON HOLD

 

 

New! Item 437 M1940 AfrikaKorps pith Helmet

       

     

     

This is one of the most honest and original Pith helmets that I have ever seen. It came from a flea market in Ohio back in the early 1990s. It was manufactured by George Hoffman helmet-fabrik; according to the ink-stamp inside the sweatband. The leather trim is intact. The shields are original to the helmet and the chinstrap is intact and sound. If you ever wanted just bone example of a DAK pith helmet, I suggest this one would be a likely candidate. SOLD

 

 

 Item 432 M35 Double decal army Helmet

     

     

     

This is a 1939 vintage Double decal army helmet; ET62. The lot number staes the helmet production to 1939. (This was probably the biggest year for ET production of M35 helmets as it is the most commonly encountered) The helmet has an acceptance stamp inside the dome which is dated 1939. The aluminum re-enforced liner frame is dated 1939. The chinstrap is marked by a maker from Cottbus and is dated 1939. The helmet was refurbished at some point (presumably before the spring of 1940 when the specifications called for elimination of the national color shield) The exterior of the helmet was painted over in early feldgrau color. You can see the brush strokes; particularly under the decals. The Army decal is an August Juttner pattern; which was also used by the ET factory but in this case, it is the version that was used for post-factory-modification. The helmet has a wonderful "untouched" appearance to it. 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 420 M35 DAK tropical camouflage helmet

       

     

     

This is just the way that I like to see helmets which I believe are actual DAK used. The paint has a slight pink-ish hue to it. (It is believed that this pink-ish hue comes from the color of paint which was used by the British for camouflaging vehicles and thus captured stocks were used by the Germans) The helmet is an ET66 M35 which originally left the factory as a double decal army helmet. The national color shield is not visible underneath the tan paint so I assume it was removed prior to the application of the tan paint. The Army eagle shows through in damaged areas of the tan. The liner shows darkening which one would expect in a liner that was worn in a hot climate. The chinstrap is dated 1940 but is in commensurate condition and I assume it to be original to the helmet. Overall a 100% honest and "well-balanced" (as far as condition of components) helmet. SOLD

 

 Item 421 M16 double decal transition Helmet, Very early

       

     

   

   

This is a WW1 vintage M16 helmet that was refurbished for issue to the new "Wehrmacht" ( or perhaps even earlier as the Heer eagle insignia was actually approved in 1934 and pre-dates the institution of the Wehrmacht on March 16 1935) The helmet was painted over in what I refer to as M35 spec feldgrau as it first appears on early transition helmets. The Decals are C.A Pocher products (C.A.Pocher and Wilhelm Abels; both of Nuremburg were the two original producers of the Heer decals under army order). The decals have been placed rear-ward f the air-vents. Perhaps these first helmet-refurbishment facilities were not exactly aware of the directive which specified actual insignia placement. This helmet has a liner which was modified from an M1918 military contract liner. The pads were re-enforced. The split-pins are thin-prong types which were re-enforced by a backing plate under the split-pin head. The chinstrap is an aluminum mounted type which is not marked but is certainly pre-1940. It has most likely been replaced onto this helmet as originally in 1934-35, the M31 chinstrap was not used. Overall a very interesting example of an EARLY M16 transition helmet.   SOLD

 

 

 Item 422 M35 single decal army Helmet

     

     

   

This is a good example of a fairly typical configuration in which combat helmets are found. It is an ET64 M35 which was originally a double decal helmet but the exterior was painted over to conform with M1940 specifications. The national color shield was covered but the Heer decal was painted around. The decal is a typical ET factory application. The paint remains 95% intact. The interior of the helmet shows no modification and remains with it's M35 spec paint and an aluminum re-enforced liner. The split-pins are early alloy types which were originally installed at the factory. The chinstrap has no visible markings. SOLD

 

 

 Item 423 M42 No-decal Helmet

     

     

This is a No-decal helmet produced by the unknown maker 'bvl" in a shell size 64. 90% paint with full liner and strap. The helmet has a fascinating Scandanavian name written into the liner. I assume Norwegian. SOLD

 

 

 Item 424 M35 camouflage Helmet

     

     

   

This is an ET64 M35 helmet which originally left the factory as a double decal army. It was subsequently over-painted in a three color camouflage pattern. The eagle decal shows through in a spot of damage. The national color shield has been slightly work-on post war in order to enhance the underlying decal. The liner is a correct aluminum re-enforced type but is likely not original to the helmet due to several signs of being bent. The split-ns show signs of having been removed and replaced. Two of them appear to have the paint touched up on them in order to match the camouflage. They may or may not be original to the helmet. $1450.00

 

 

 Item 425 M42 camouflage Waffen SS Helmet

     

     

   

     

This is an EF64 M42 single decal Waffen SS helmet with a two color textured camo applied by brush.  The runic decal had been painted over. Small fragments can be seen in damage to the over-paint. I cannot confirm the condition the decal was in before being covered by the camouflage paint but certainly portions remain. The helmet exterior shows moderate wear with light damage to the paint. Two of the three split-pins are not original to the helmet. The one at the rear has a broken prong. The liner is quite likely not original to the helmet but is an original period liner. 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. $4300.00

 

 

 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.  $1250.00

 

 

 

 Item 419 M35 Double decal army Helmet

     

   

     

This is a Quist size 64 shell with 95% of it's original smooth texture paint. The Army decal is a textbook Quist "House decal" and is the expected big-foot variant. The liner is a 1939 dated aluminum re-enforced frame with very good leather which shows only moderate wear/age.  The chinstrap is in commensurate condition and could be original to the helmet. The maker marks are worn but I can tell that it is a 1939 "Rahm-Kampmann" strap. Overall a decent double decal army helmet. 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. $2300.00

 

 

 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. $2800.00

 

 

 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. $1250.00

 

 

 Item 413 M18 transitional helmet with wartime camouflage

       

       

       

This is an M18 (size 66) helmet shell of pre-1919 production. It was refurbished for use by the Wehrmacht during the early years. (By 1934-35, these were considered the most modern of helmet designs and were the favorite for refurbishment by the new and fledgling Wehrmacht.)  A new liner system was installed; being the M31 which had been patented by the Schuberthwerke company in 1931. This example is dated 1931 and has the typical light single-ply liner frame. The leather has the embossed size stamp. The rivets are the early single piece head style with the prongs soldered on (much like the earlier M1916 pattern types).  The chinstrap is an M31 style and the maker mark/date is mostly worn off but I can make out enough of the maker to see that it is one recognizable as having produced straps in 1936. The helmet was camouflaged in a two color pattern applied by spray. You can see a portion of the army eagle decal but there is no sign of an underlying national color shield. This is a very rare example of; not only an early transition helmet but one which was camouflaged during the later war years. SOLD

 

 

 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. $1900.00ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 415 M35 double decal army Helmet

       

       

This is an ET 66 double decal army helmet with a standard ET variant Eagle decal which remains 92% intact. The national color shield remains 80% intact. The original smooth texture paint rates at 80% overall. The liner is an early production non-re-enforced aluminum frame type. The maker/date cannot be seen however the size marking can be seen on the opposite side. The size stamped into the liner frame indicates a liner size 59; however the leather itself is marked as size 58. I take this to indicate that the leather and inner liner frame have been added to this helmet' having been removed from another helmet. Although all parts are original to the period, they have been installed into this helmet after it left the factory and thus possibly after the war.  SOLD

 

 

 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. $2950.00

 

 

 Item 401 M35 Double decal army Helmet

     

     

Here is a very good example of what we might call and entry level double decal army helmet. One that is in nice condition but relatively affordable. It is an ET66 of 1938 vintage. 90% original smooth texture paint and 90% decals. The eagle decal is a textbook example of an ET factory application. It shows only moderate surface wear and some crazing to the protective lacquer. This crazing is commonly caused by storage conditions where the lacquer "cures" at a different rate than the underlying paint. The liner is an aluminum re-enforced type with leather that matches the condition of the helmet overall. The leather is completely original and correct but has been newly installed into this helmet as the helmet was originally found as a shell with an outer liner frame and split-pins. The leather along with the inner liner frame have been carefully re-set into the outer frame. The installation of the leather and inner frame was done in such a way that it is virtually impossible to tell. However I state it here in the spirit of "full-disclosure". Basically...if I didn't tell you, you would never suspect. That is how well it was done. The price of the helmet is set with this in mind. ON HOLD

 

 

New! 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. $950.00

 

 

 Item 380 M35 Double decal Waffen SS Helmet

     

     

   

   

 This is a 1938 vintage Double decal SS helmet. The steel lot number places the likely manufacture date of early 1938. The paint is quite good; remaining 95%+ intact and still retaining a very good feldgrau color with little patina or handling wear. The Runic shield is a textbook ET variant and it remains 98% intact. The party shield is a matching ET style with a scratch running through it. The liner frame bears a 1938 date as well as the chinstrap. I cannot make out any portion of a dome stamp. I have seen a few ET 1938 M35 helmets both army and SS which did not have a dome stamp for whatever reason; so this is not unusual. This helmet was sourced from an antique shop in New England about 4 years ago. At the time it was found, the liner was hopelessly mangled.  I felt that this helmet deserved to be returned to a complete state so I hunted for 6 months to find just the right and appropriate 1938 dated liner which would match in condition. I installed the liner into this helmet using the original split-pins and carefully straightening out the bends in them. Quite frankly; If I did not tell you that the liner had been replaced  into this helmet, you would not know it. However, given this fact, I am pricing this helmet at five-thousand dollars less than I would if the liner issue did not exist. Here is your chance to get the double decal SS helmet that you have always wanted. 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. $1000.00

 

 

 Item 368 M35 single decal army Helmet

       

       

This is an ET64 former double decal army of 1939 vintage. The helmet exterior has been painted over and an ET style re-issue decal applied over the feldgrau paint. The original factory applied national color shield is easily visible beneath the over-paint. When the helmet was repainted, the interior was left in it's factory issue configuration. The 1939 acceptance stamp is visible inside the dome. The liner is an aluminum framed type which is dated 1939. The chinstrap maker markings are faint but they indicate production by Rahm-Kampmann in 1939. Overall a very attractive and honest helmet. $1550.00

 

 

 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

 

 

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 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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