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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 356 M35 Double decal army Helmet

     

     

     

     

I picked this helmet up in Germany last week. It comes from the estate of a former Wehrmacht major who commanded a military driving school in Hannover during the war. That explains the astounding condition of this piece. It probably never left the Major's closet. The paint is drop-dead gorgeous with 99% coverage, excellent matte quality with very little patina or handling wear. The helmet is an EF66 produced in the first year of EF production and before EF adopted that dark feldgrau paint for which they are most commonly known. This paint is the more desirable light shade; similar to early ETs and NS's and in this regard, it is a rare bird. The eagle is an early grey-lined Huber Jordan which is normally found on first year production examples of EF helmets. ( EF did not come up with their own "House decal" until well into 1938 or early 1939) Both decals remain in a condition matching that of the helmet overall. The liner frame is a non re-enforced type with a clear 1937 date. The acceptance stamp inside the dome literally jumps out at us; showing it's 1937 date. The chinstrap is made Wilhelm Ellers of Beilefeld and is dated 1936. Literally the only example that I have ever seen of an Ellers chinstrap which is dated this early. The chinstrap is definitely original to this helmet; being the one found installed to it when it came from the estate. As far as condition and rarity, this helmet is among the top five which I have ever seen. ON HOLD

 

 

 Item 358 M35 Double decal army Helmet

       

     

     

Here is an NS68 double decal army with a very honest and aged appearance. The paint rates at about 85-90% and shows a good amount of patina. likewise; the decals show patina and moderate damage. The eagle is a typical C.A.Pocher with corresponding national color shield. The liner leather shows commensurate wear and age with a re-enforced aluminum frame dated 1939. The chinstrap is also dated 1939. SOLD

 

 

 Item 360 M35 Single decal Kriegsmarine Helmet

     

     

A fair to good example of one of the SE 1940 contract KM helmets where they used late production M35 helmet shells to complete the order right around the time of the adoption of M40 specifications. This helmet has a worn surface with good paint coverage. The decal is a later ET un-layered type which is typical of SE factory application for the 1940 KM contract. The liner has seen better days but overall she is an honest and un-molested example. $900.00

 

 

 Item 349 M40 Luftwaffe Helmet

       

       

This is an Hkp64 Luftwaffe helmet that has seen definite extended use before being given a re-paint in Luftwaffe blue.  The eagle decal remains visible in outline under the feld-blau over paint but it is obviously nicked and damaged. The liner shows wear but no abuse. The chinstrap has commensurate wear but we can still see the delightful maker mark and 1943 date. This one is simple, honest and basic. ON HOLD

 

 

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 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

 

 

 

 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. On hold

 

 

 

 

      

  

    

 

 

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