September 15, 2018

I just added a couple in the Bargain basement






NEW! Item 464 M35 Double decal SS VT helmet




 Here is one of the finer example which In have seen in the past few years. A good clean double decal SS helmet dating to 1938 when these started to be widely issued to members of the Verfungungstruppe. The shell is an ET64 with a 3500 steel lot number indicating 1938 production. The liner frame and chinstrap are dated 1938. This helmet was found in an antique mall in new England a few years back. At that time the leather of the liner was completely boogered. An exact matching and correct replacement was found and installed into the helmet. Honestly; the job was done so well that it would fool me if I did not know it had been done and was not told about it. The SS runic decal is a correct pre-1940 pattern and is typical of ET factory applications; being the ET "house decal". It remains in 99% condition. The party shield has taken a scratch across the upper right but remains in excellent shape. The paint is quite typical of the period and is not overly effected by patina and collector handling wear. Overall a very nice example. $13000.00 ON HOLD



NEW! Item 463 M40 single decal Waffen SS helmet




 One of the most outstanding examples which I have ever seen. This M40 ET66 retains virtually 99.9% of it's original factory paint. The paint is not effected by collector handling wear which causes shininess and worn texture. The texture is actually quite good and is very typical of mid-1940 ET production. (The steel lot number indicates a likely production time-frame of mid-1940) The runic shield is a classic ET factory application. It is crisp and with sharp details and very little surface wear. You can tell that there was a slight fold to the shield during the application. Pay attention to the lacquer-line which is around the outside borders of the decal. It has the foggy edges that are very typical of the ET factory application of protective lacquer on the decal.  The liner and chinstrap are commensurate in condition and by all indications are original to the helmet. The chinstrap has an RB number at the tip of the long end. The acceptance stamp inside the dome is clear and a very good example of the type used by ET during this period. As an example of an SS helmet, this one has everything going for it; Excellent condition, well placed decal which is not crooked or slanted; sound integral components which are original to the helmet; and a crisp dome stamp. I've never been able to offer a better one. $11,950



NEW! Item 462 M42 single decal army helmet




 This is a very honest example of what I like to call the "Quintessential German combat helmet of WW2"; the M42 single decal army. It is an ET64 shell with a 2400 lot number indicating the likely production period of early 1943. The paint shows moderate wear all over the surface but remains 90% intact. Te decal is a textbook ET factory application; being about 95% intact. The liner shows moderate wear but is completely intact. The drawstring is a non-standard replacement which is most likely from recent years. The chinstrap appears to be original to the helmet. It has a faint maker mark at the tip and also a pair of initials.  SOLD



NEW! Item 461 Wehrmacht helmet camouflage cover



 The German only produced one type of camouflage cover for use by the army during 1941-45 and this is it. A typical and textbook example in a condition that shows just enough wear to give it character. The splinter pattern material is exactly the right pattern and style of weave. There are no variations in originals. The colors remain vibrant. There are some minor spots of wear at the edges; just enough for us to be able to tell that this cover has adorned a helmet for most of it's life. Te white side shows some minor rust spots. There is a number stamped near the edge which is often found in original covers but to date; nobody has ever been able to explain what they mean. The helmet appears to fit best upon an M42 size 64 shell. The drawstring is white cotton tape which is one of two types observed. (the other observed type is made from the same camouflage material as the body of the cover). Overall, this example has a great honest look to it and is 100% guaranteed by me to the completely original.  ON HOLD



NEW! Item 460 WW2 Japanese helmet cover



 This is a very nice late war Japanese helmet cover for the standard type 90 combat helmet. It has the cloth re-enforcement band that was added to the design in about 1941. The star is the cotton machine woven variety which replaced the wool star of earlier covers. Well marked on the inside with the size (large) and assorted other characters. There are minor rust stains indicating that it did spend many years on a helmet. But now it is just the cover and no helmet is included. ON HOLD



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 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 shell is an ET66. 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 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 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 helmet with obvious history. $1900.00




 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 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. SOLD



 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. SOLD




 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. 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. SOLD




 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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