ORIGINAL HELMETS

 

 

 

Updated on August 12

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New! Item 317 M42 Coastal artillery camouflage Helmet

       

       

     

I am referring to this EF66 helmet as a coastal artillery camouflage soley because of the name written into the liner which is preceded by a Naval rank of Matrosen and I am supposing that there would be little use for a three color camouflage pattern on those Boats; ergo it must have belonged to a land-based unit. There is no eveidence of a decal beneath the paint. The three colors were applied by spray and subtly blend in with one another. As in most cases, the tan color was used as a base coat over which brown and green were applied. The camouflage rates at 95%. The liner is intact, supple and has it's original drawstring. I believe that the chinstrap is original to the helmet. SOLD

 

 

New! Item 318 M40 single decal Luftwaffe Helmet

     

     

     

This helmet is striking for it's honest and well-balanced appearance. Just enough use and no abuse. The paint is the typical shade used by Quist during early M40 production. The shell is a Q64. The eagle decal rates at 95% and like the paint has taken on a light and even patina. The liner shows moderate wear. The chinstrap was broken cleanly in the center and was repaired with glue; apparently by somebody who had two left hands. (One day I am going to do a YouTube video on the best method of repairing chinstraps. But I haven't yet.) Honestly, I bought this helmet for myself; just because I liked the look of it. But shelf space is a commodity around here so occasionally something has to go. SOLD

 

 

New! Item 319 M42 Heer combat  Helmet

     

   

Hkp M42s have the most distinctive look of all late-war no-decal helmets. First there is the color of the paint which closely resembles what the modelers term as "Forrest green". Then there are the volcano shaped air-vent and norammly a texture which is just a bit more coarse than other makers. This Hkp64 helmet has all of the above and is also in fairly striking condition. The liner almost appears unworn; remaining a very light tan. The chinstrap bears a nice RB number mark. There is lots to love about this helmet. SOLD

 

 

New! Item 320 M42 Heer combat Helmet

     

   

This Hkp66 has the same features as the one listed above except that it is in a bit more used condition. It has more patina and a bit more wear t the paint but the color is the typical "Hkp Green" and has the volcano air-vents.  The liner appears to be a bit later than the above and I guess it is a good example of a helmet that would have been issued in late 1944. SOLD

 

 

New! Item 321 Imperial Japanese combat Helmet

       

       

This is one of the earliest Japanese helmets that I have seen. Note that in the small areas of damage you can see the blueing (like Gun blue) of the steel. This was done only in the early period before 1940. The liner is leather rather than pigskin; another feature found in pre-1940 helmets. The front inner pad bears no ink-stamped date. This places the helmets production before 1938. The shell size is the smaller of two different shell sizes utilized by the Japanese. The Kanji Charecter indicating "small" is painted onto the leather as well as the rim of the shell at rear. The shell has been period repainted in a color much like the factory paint job. You can see evidence of underlying coat of paint which has areas of damage covered by the refurbishment paint. Due to all the early features; I would guess this helmet pre-dates 1937-38. It may be a specimen that was worm in early Japanese campaigns such as the Rape of Nanking or entry into indo-china. It has a sound star, nice paint, decent liner and full straps. A rare example. SOLD

 

 

 Item 312 M35 Camouflage Helmet

       

     

       

This is an SE66 M35 helmet which originally left the factory as a double decal army helmet. The lot number indicates a likely production year of 1937. At some point after 1940, it was re-issued and repainted with a wartime steel liner installed. There is no evidence of any decals beneath the heavy brush-applied paint. The camouflage was done by application of a tan base coat which covered the exterior as well as the interior skirt. Then green panels were painted over the exterior. The camouflage remains about 90% intact. There is a name painted on the inside rear skirt "Unteroffizier Freimuth" which is visible underneath the tan paint. I am a bid fan of camouflage helmets which have paint on the inside skirt. This helmets touches all the bases and is a great display. SOLD

 

 

 Item 313 M40 single decal army Helmet

     

     

   

Here is a good basic example of an M40 single decal army. It's an ET66 with a three-digit lot number indicating likely production of mid-late 1940. The paint rates at 95%. The decal at 90% or better. Overall, the exterior has a good look with even wear. The liner shows considerable wear and use with particularly heavy wear at the front where the leather was in contact with the soldier's brow. The chinstrap appears in the same condition and is maker marked by Wilhelm Ellers, 1941. An honest and attractive piece. SOLD

 

 

 Item 314 M18 Army Double decal "True" transition Helmet

"One of the earliest helmets used by the Wehrmacht"

     

     

     

Personally;  love these very early helmets. This is an M18 which was reworked for issue during the first days of the Wehrmacht. The color is a slightly fgreener shade which pre-dates the M35 spec paint. The army decal is a decent condition example of the Wilhelm Abels type. (Wilhelm Abels and C.A. Pocher were; I believe the very first producers of the Heer eagle insignia after it was introduced in the spring of 1934; almost a full year before the institution of the Wehrmacht itself). The liner is a first run 1931 dated Schuberthwerke. Note that there is no leather size marking applied to the liner; either by ink-stamp or by die-stamp. The only indication of the liner size is the shell size "66" stamped on the inner left side. The split-pins are early "M31" types with a non-covered head; meaning that there is no small disc applied over the head which covers the slots through-which the prong is bent. The chinstrap is a mystery to me. It has a thin sheet metal buckle which I have not seen before. Since this helmets pre-dates the use of the M31 chinstrap (which appeared only in 1936); this strap could be just about anything. In any case, the helmet itself is a very decent example of one of the very first Post-Reichswehr Heer helmets. SOLD

 

 

 Item 315 M1940 Luftwaffe tropical pith Helmet

       

       

Here is a very decent example of the so-called "1st pattern" canvas construction pith helmet. The canvas is the more rarely encountered green color. The trim is the correct brown colored (for Luftwaffe) and remains in excellent condition. The cork body of the helmet is intact with no cracking and still in good form. There is an inkstamp on the sweatband that I do not understand "KKO..." and a big "13". No idea what this denotes. The underside of the seat band has the maker mark and 1943 date. This helmet has had a pair of original goggles wrapped around it; probably for years. I'll throw them in with the helmet. SOLD

 

 

 Item 316 M33 Italian combat Helmet

     

     

   

These are a lot more difficult to find than most people think. The vast majority of Italian M33s in the world went to Spain after the war and spent decades in poor storage and emerged looking ...well, pretty bad. This example appears to be a US GI veteran bring back; judging from the condition. The original paint rates at 95% + condition. There is no stencil at the front; which is correct for post 1940 helmets. The liner is intact and sound with pliable leather. The chinstrap is also pliable and sound; being riveted and with the correct Pre-1945 configuration. The liner size is 57. If you ever thought of having one decent example, this one could be it. SOLD

 

 

 Item 307 M35 Double decal army Helmet

     

     

     

This is an SE66 M35 helmet dating to 1937 via the date of the non-reinforced liner frame and the chinstrap. The paint is still quite matte in appearance; not having acquired a sheen or shine from handling wear. The Heer eagle decal remains 98% intact. You can see definite razing in the lacquer coating which gives the insignia tons of character and honesty added to it's considerably nice condition. The national color shield is one of the nicest I have seen. Overall, this one should be considered very close to the "top shelf". SOLD

 

 

 Item 311 M35 former double decal army Helmet

     

     

   

This is another of those helmets which shows true combat usage and wear having served a considerable period of service. It is an ET66 which dates by lot number to late 1938 or early 1939. The aluminum reinforced liner frame is dated 1939. The chinstrap has been trimmed to remove slack so the maker mark is not visible. The surface of the helmet had been over-painted in fairly thick feldgrau paint with the national color shield being completely covered. The army decal which is visible is a standard ET factory application. Overall a good example of a real combat veteran. SOLD

 

 

 

 

  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 coat 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. ON HOLD

 

 

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. $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 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". SOLD

 

 

 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. $195.00

 

 

 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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