ORIGINAL HELMETS

 

 

 

  November, 13 2017

I just added 5 helmets to the "bargain basement" and a very good original chinstrap to the "original parts" page.

 

 

 

 

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Now you can see my helmets for sale.

 

 

Item 340 M1940 tropical pith Helmet

     

     

   

This is a first pattern Canvas covered pith helmet manufactured by August Schneider of Dresden. Helmets by this maker usually have a very good shape to them being more rounded than others. This example has excellent leather trim, chinstrap and a sound sweatband. The insignia plaques are matching and in excellent shape. The helmet bears a "made in Germany" tag on this inside; indicating it was imported into this country in the 1970s. This helmet comes with a pair of standard infantry issue dust goggles which may or may not be worn over it; depending upon your preference. $300.00

 

 

 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

 

 

 Item 352 M16 camouflage Helmet

       

       

       

       

Here is one of the nicest and most "Untouched" examples that I have seen in quite a while. The helmet is an ET64 with 95%+ of it's original camouflage pattern being the typical geometric pattern with black separation lines. The Leather framed M16 liner is intact and sound. The chinstrap is intact; although has a small patch of leather which somebody added as a re-enforcement of a weak spot. This example is nothing short of "Top shelf". SOLD

 

 

 Item 355 M40 single decal army Helmet

       

     

This is an EF66 single decal army helmet brought to the US in 1945 by a Michigan veteran of an army anti-aircraft artillery unit in Italy. I bought the helmet from the veterans son earlier this afternoon so it has not yet been in a collection. The eagle decal is an ET style which is seen on earlier EF M40s. The paint rates at 95%. The liner shows moderate wear and remains completely intact with no problems. The chinstrap broke on the long strap end. Otherwise the helmet is in very good overall condition and is what they call "Attic-fresh". SOLD

 

 

Item 353 M35 Single decal army Helmet

     

     

     

     

This is an M35 size 68 shell factory finished by SE in 1940 just around the time of the adoption of M40 specifications regarding paint type and decal configuration. The M40 spec textured paint remains 99% intact and has great matte quality; not being effected by patina and collector handling. The decal is the standard ET/August Juttner pattern as used by SE for factory applications between 1936 and 1943. The aluminum re-enforced liner frame is dated 1940. The dome of the helmet is stamped with a 1940 spec non-dated ink-stamp. The liner is in superb condition; remaining light tan in color with only a trace of wear. The chinstrap is an original example in excellent condition and bears a 1942 maker mark. Due to the fact that helmets were issued without chinstraps and this may be an un-issued example, it is quite possible that the strap has been added by a collector. As far as single decal army helmets go; this one might be considered "best in class". SOLD

 

 

 Item 354 M37 Hungarian Army Helmet

       

       

       

This is only the 3rd one of these that I have found since I began my website 17 years ago. It's probably the rarest of production helmets of all the WW2 Combatants. Literally 99% of the surviving examples were reworked after 1945. This is NOT one of the M37s made for export to Finland. It is a straight by-the-book Hungarian army issue model just as would have been worn by the Hungarian army on the Eastern Front 1942-44. The helmet shell is a size 68. The original Hungarian army paint rates at 90%. The leather liner is the correct M37 pattern. One of the pads is coming loose fro the metal frame. The rear split-pin has paint which is slightly different in hue from the helmet itself. But it does not have German paint so I am assuming it simply was done with a different paint lot before assembly. There is usually a Hungarian crest inside the rear rim of these helmets but in this case; is so faint that I cannot see it or photograph it.  Overall; a decent example of a 100% original Hungarian army helmet produced before 1945. SOLD

 

 

 Item 350 M35 double decal Helmet

       

       

     

"Top shelf" is the only way to describe this one. The helmet is a 1939 produced M35 double decal army; made during that period where the Wehrmacht was gearing up for war. The shell is an ET64. The smooth texture paint rates at 98%. The national color and service-branch decals are nearly perfect. Both show a moderate patina that gives this helmet particular shelf-appeal. The acceptance stamp inside the dome is worn so that the date is faint but it is an example of the 1939 type which is slightly smaller than the ones used before or after. The liner frame displays a 1939 manufacture date but it is difficult to show it in the photos. The steel lot accountability number at the rear places this helmet right in the middle of 1939 production. The chinstrap is by all indications; original to the helmet, being a true match as far as use and condition. The strap has a 1939 date at the tip. The leather of the liner shows moderate use and a great honest looking "Bowl-shape" as a result if having been worn on a soldiers head for just the right amount of time. Look around all you like. I doubt you'll find a cleaner, more honest appearing double decal army helmet. ON HOLD

 

 

Item 347 M40 single decal army Tropical camouflage Helmet

     

   

       

       

       

This is an M40 EF64 single decal army helmet that was covered over in a sand based paint mixture of a very light tan color; almost white. You can see that when the helmet was painted, excess paint ran downward inside from both vent-holes; spilling out from under the liner frame. There is just a portion of the eagle decal poking through on the left side. The helmet is fairly early production; at a time when the Fulda acceptance office was still applying their post-1940 style acceptance stamp. The liner shows moderate wear and retains a very nice bowl-shape to the leather. The tan over-paint remains 90% intact. Overall it is a great example of this type of paint/sand mixed for camouflage effect. SOLD

 

 

 

 Item 348 M35 Single decal army Helmet

       

     

     

This is one of those helmets that strikes you immediately as an honest/untouched example. It is what I refer to as a "well-balanced" helmet, with all components matching each other as far as wear, age and patina. The helmet is an M35 shell that was over-hauled at a refurbishment facility. The shell was stripped of it's original M35 spec paint and refinished in 1940 feldgrau. The eagle decal is a Huber-jordan re-issue type which was applied and sealed with a coating of lacquer; the outline of which can be seen around the edges of the decal. It remains 97% intact and shows in good contrast with the paint that has retained it's color and not effected by patina or the shine caused by collector handling. SOLD

 

 

 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 338 M35 double decal army Helmet

     

     

     

This is an ET64 with 95% of it's pre-war smooth texture paint. The eagle decal is a textbook ET type and remains 90% intact. The national color shield is in like condition. The leather of the liner shows moderate wear and is completely intact. The liner is an aluminum re-enforced frame with a 1938 date. The chinstrap is dated likewise 1938. The dome acceptance stamp is dated 1939 with a "B" stamp in addition. The steel lot number of the helmet is 4147 which places the likely time frame of manufacture to be in the first month or two of 1939 so it is not surprising to see 1938 dated components. This one is a real looker and is 100% honest all the way around. SOLD

 

 

 

 Item 324 M35 Double decal army Helmet

       

       

Fresh from "out of the woodwork" in south-east Michigan. This is a very decent example of a double decal army helmet with a extremely honest-to-goodness fresh "attic look". Completely uncleaned and unaltered. The decals remain in very nice shape with only minor scratches. The paint has heavy patina and a "film" of attic dirt. The heer eagle is a typical ET factory application. The ET62 shell has a lot number commensurate with 1939 production. The aluminum re-enforced liner frame is dated 1939. The aluminum hardware mounted chinstrap has a maker marking but no visible date. If you like them fresh from the primary source...then this is a helmet you should consider. $2250.00

 

 

 Item 314 M35 Double decal Luftwaffe Helmet

       

       

This is a good example of one of my favorite helmets; the Luftwaffe double decal with 1st pattern droop-tail eagle. The decals on this one rate fairly high with only minor damage. The smooth texture paint is 95% intact. On the top of the shell, there is evidence of a brush strokes of matching paint having been applied crossing each other in the form of a large "asterisk" shape. I do not know the reason why this was done. The liner is a 1939 dated aluminum double ply frame with very decent leather. The helmet is an ET64 with a lot number corresponding to the liner frame date. SOLD

 

 

 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. 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. $1950.00

 

 

 

 

      

  

    

 

 

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