ORIGINAL HELMETS

 

 

 

July 17

I added a few helmets. Hopefully will add another few next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW! 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  BIG SALE!! take this helmet home with you today for $995.00 !!

 

 

NEW! Item 301 M42 camouflage Heer helmet

     

     

 I used to own this helmet back in the 1990s until 2010. I profiled it in my first book: "Germany's combat helmets" back in 2009. A lot of people commented on how interesting it is. It is an EF64 which left the factory as a no-decal helmet; likely produced after the summer/fall of 1943. It has a hand-rendered "swirl" pattern consisting of three colors. 95% of the camouflage paint remains intact. The liner shows considerable wartime wear but remains intact and sound. Overall it is an above-average helmet that deserves a spot on your "top shelf".  ON HOLD

 

 

 NEW! Item 302 M40 combat Schutzpolizei helmet

     

       

   

 Personally I love SE police helmets. They are the ones who came began using the bordered decal on combat-weight helmets early in 1940. After that; all the manufacturers copied them. The SE manufacturer used a special paint for their combat weight helmets; noted for it's shade of feld-grau and the fact that it is smooth texture; even after other makers had switched to M40 spec paint with texture added. This example has 95% decals and 95% "SE polizei feldgrau" paint. The liner shows moderate wear and the chinstrap is well marked/dated 1940. This one is a real looker. ON HOLD

 

 

 NEW! Item 303 M34 ReichsLuftschutzBund helmet

       

     

 Here is a very good example of the M34 RLB helmet with 95% paint and decal. The decal is a textbook dark blue lined variant and shows very good detail. The overlaying lacquer is clearly visible around the edges. The liner shows moderate wear and age. The chinstrap is a unique pattern used with the M34 helmet; being a carbine-hook type which is mounted to the leather frame. The helmet is named in the rear skirt. ON HOLD

 

 

 NEW! Item 304 M35 single decal re-issue Heer helmet

     

   

 This helmet has a real "Been there - done that" look to it. The helmet is a shell size 66 but the maker is obscured by the heavy cat of re-issue paint which covers the interior. The paint rates at 90% while the decal shows considerable wear to the surface. The liner is intact and sound. Overall this helmet retains a very honest look and appears to have seen much wartime usage. $575.00

 

 

 NEW! Item 305 MkII British "tommy" helmet

     

 This is a good example of the type of helmet worn by men of the British army in northwest Europe on D-day and during the action that followed. The shell is a standard MK2 pattern with the composite material liner (in this case dated 1939 and made by BMB) and spring-stretch type cloth chinstrap. The net and camouflage scrimm were on it when I got it. No telling if it's been there since the war or not. ON HOLD

 

 

 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. ON HOLD (Sold during my recent BIG SALE where I shamelessly cut prices like a mad-man)

 

 

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  BIG SALE!! take this helmet home with you today for $1350.00 !!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 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 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. Price for the pair is $4000.00 

 

 

 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

 

 

 

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 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. ON HOLD

 

 

 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 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 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 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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