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New! Item 380 M35 Double decal Waffen SS Helmet





 This is a 1938 vintage Double decal SS helmet. The steel lot number places the likely manufacture date of early 1938. The paint is quite good; remaining 95%+ intact and still retaining a very good feldgrau color with little patina or handling wear. The Runic shield is a textbook ET variant and it remains 98% intact. The party shield is a matching ET style with a scratch running through it. The liner frame bears a 1938 date as well as the chinstrap. I cannot make out any portion of a dome stamp. I have seen a few ET 1938 M35 helmets both army and SS which did not have a dome stamp for whatever reason; so this is not unusual. This helmet was sourced from an antique shop in New England about 4 years ago. At the time it was found, the liner was hopelessly mangled.  I felt that this helmet deserved to be returned to a complete state so I hunted for 6 months to find just the right and appropriate 1938 dated liner which would match in condition. I installed the liner into this helmet using the original split-pins and carefully straightening out the bends in them. Quite frankly; If I did not tell you that the liner had been replaced  into this helmet, you would not know it. However, given this fact, I am pricing this helmet at five-thousand dollars less than I would if the liner issue did not exist. Here is your chance to get the double decal SS helmet that you have always wanted. ON HOLD




New! Item 381 M40 single decal army Helmet



 This is a decent example of your basic M40 single decal army helmet. The shell is an ET64 with a typical ET style army decal resting upon a painted surface which remains 90% intact. Evenly distributed wear all around. The liner shows use but no abuse and retains a very nice "Bowl shape". The chinstrap appears to be original to the helmet. SOLD



New! Item 382 M40 Chicken-wire camouflage Helmet





This is a Quist M40 shell in size 62. It was produced after the summer of 1943 so no decal would have been applied at the factory. AS we are all aware; chicken-wire helmets are a mine-field; with the number of fraudulent examples found within the collecting world. Here are my reasons why I say that this one is original. The wire is a type which was galvanized by immersion after the strands were woven into the mesh pattern. This is a feature which exists in the majority of all original specimens that I have owned or handled. The zinc coating tends to disintegrate with age but portions of it can be seen within the twists of the mesh. Further; there are subtle signs of interaction between the wire and the helmet's painted surface. Another clue is the rim of the helmet. The rim actually shows very little wear from rubbing on a surface if the helmet were stored on a flat shelf. The actual rim does not touch the surface; being suspended just a hair off of the surface by the wire strands which bend over the rim. The helmet is in overall very good condition and is; in my opinion, a textbook example. SOLD



New! Item 383 M42 Single decal Waffen SS Helmet



Here is a very good example of a late production Waffen SS helmet made during the summer of 1943. Ckl66. The feldgrau paint shows even wear and rates at 90% ++. The decal is a classic ET/Ckl factory applied type which remains 96% intact with only light overall wear. The liner shows wear and age commensurate with the rest of the helmet. The chinstrap gets the same description and may well be original to the helmet. We can even see a nice Ckl type Dome acceptance stamp. A very good example. $5500.00



New! Item 385 M35 three-color camouflage Helmet




This Q64 helmet originally left the factory as a double decal army. At some point mid-war it was painted over in feldgrau paint; covering both the army decals and the national colors. During 1944 or later it was camouflaged by a brush applied base coat of ordnance tan. Green and brown were then applied over the top of that coat by air-gun. The helmet remains with very vivid colors and 90%+ paint coverage. The inside of the helmet is unmodified showing the factory smooth texture paint along with the owners name written on the back skirt. (Unterofficier Kohler). SOLD



New! Item 386 M40 Single decal Waffen SS Helmet



Here is a Q68 single decal Waffen SS helmet with very good paint coverage. The paint still retains a healthy amount of texture and original Matte quality; not having been effected by patina and handling wear. There are two spots of discoloration/minor corrosion on the top. The decal is a typical wartime Quist factory applied type and it remains 95% intact. The liner and chinstrap are both dated 1938. Being as this helmet is a post 1940 example, it must be assumed that the liner is not the one that was in it when it left the factory. The split-pin prongs are reasonably intact but show evidence of having been bent. I can think of no war-time scenario in which we could say this liner was changed out before 1945. So I cannot guarantee it as anything other than a post-war transplant. The helmet has been in it's present configuration since around the 1980s. But not since 1941. I have priced it considerably less than if the liner issue was not a factor.  SOLD



New! Item 387 M35 Double decal Luftwaffe Helmet




An overall very sound example of a 1939 produced Luftwaffe helmet with a first pattern eagle decal. The helmet has very good paint coverage and the eagle decal is a real beauty showing just enough salt to give it character. The NC decal has a centralized scrape in it. Very decent liner and chinstrap. $1350.00



New! Item 388 WW2 Polish army Helmet; Wz31



One of the rarest of all WW2 Combatant nations' helmets. The Polish Wz31 was the standard helmet worn by the Polish army at the time of the Nazi invasion. It has the maker mane inkstamped inside the shell dome; LUDWIKOV and dated 1937. The rough texture "Salamander" finish of the exterior remains 90% intact. The leather pads are made from what they used to call "Green hide" due to the tanning method. Both liner pads and chinstrap are correct and original. ON HOLD



New! Item 389 M40 single decal Luftwaffe Helmet



In this world, there is certainly no shortage of Quist manufactured Luftwaffe M40 helmets that are in un-issued condition. This is probably due to a large stock of them that was found at the end of the war. But THIS helmet is an ET66 with a low 3-digit steel lot number indicating it's production in the first half of 1940. These are rare birds indeed; that is, when they are in fine condition as this one is. The paint rates at 95% and shows very good texture and matte quality. The liner is slightly used but excellent; same as the chinstrap. ON HOLD



New! Item 390 M1930 Japanese army Helmet



This is a helmet which was likely produced in about 1941 (but the date on the inside pad is not readable) It is not a late helmet because there is not the brown strip of paint running around the outside shell covering the rivets and the Star. The star is unpainted Iron. The helmet has full liner and chinstrap assembly. It is named on the liner pad and on one of the straps with 4 Kanji script Characters. Overall very good + . SOLD



New! Item 391 M35 Re-issue single decal army Helmet



This is an M35 size 66 helmet with a maker mark that has been obscured by the thick texture re-issue paint. But I believe it is a Quist. This helmet is a known variant. I have seen over a dozen examples over the years. All of them M35s. The paint texture and application is common to other examples noted as is the Methner & Burger decal which is found on all examples. I have heard the theory that the particular facility which reworked these M35 helmets was located in Poland but there was never any corroborating evidence as to exactly where. The helmet is one of the nicest I have seen condition-wise. Liner and strap are in commensurate condition making this a well balanced helmet. I actually thought of keeping this one... SOLD



New! Item 392 M40 No-decal Luftwaffe Helmet



This helmet gets my vote as the most honest and well-balanced helmet of the day. It is a late production Quist M40 Luftwaffe which left the factory after summer 1943 when they stopped decal application. The paint remains nice and flat with good texture and no handling wear. The liner has attained a very nice "Bowl" shape due to being worn for a period during a time when the leather was supple and new (as in pre-1945) It is textbook through and through. A rare helmet type as well. SOLD



New! Item 393 M40 chicken-wire helmet (formerly a tropical camo) Helmet




This Q62 helmet originally left the factory as a single decal army. At some point, the helmet was painted over in tan paint. Later it was painted over in feldgrau paint. The decal has been completely obscured. The wire mesh was added after the feldgrau over-paint. The wire is a typical pre-1945 pattern being made of galvanized material which was zinc coated by immersion after the mesh was woven. All of the characteristics (such as interaction between the wire and the helmet surface) are there which point to this being an original pre-145 wire helmet. $2600.00



New! Item 397 M40 beaded police Helmet



Here is a very interesting example of a beaded police helmet. The shell is an NS66 which had received a healthy crack in the side of the rim during the stamping process. The German's being a naturally frugal people during war-time constrictions, rather than scrap it and waste the work which had already been done so far, they repaired the crack with welding and then drew a bead around the base of the crown of the helmet which would denote the helmet as not fit for military service and later sold to a civilian contractor who finished it by painting, application of decals and the installation of a civil style liner/ chinstrap. Then marketed the helmet as a private purchase police helmet. It remains in excellent condition with 98% paint and decals. ON HOLD



New! Item 398 M1916/17 British Brodie's pattern Helmet


This is a good example of the bsic WW1 British issue Brodie's pattern helmet as issued to British troops (and some US) during 1917-1918. 90% original paint with an intact liner and chinstrap. It has steel lot numbers from the Sheffield metal stamping plant. 100 years old this year. SOLD



 Item 377 M40 Single decal Luftwaffe Helmet




Here is a fairly early M40 Luftwaffe helmet; Q66 with 99% paint and decal. Very good texture and matte quality. The split pins are from earlier contracted batches which were painted with smooth texture paint. The helmet bears the laundry marking of a US soldier (Last name initial and last 4 digits of Army service number) A splendid example. $1000.00



 Item 379 M42 army Helmet



This is an M42 helmet made by NS (shell size 64) it originally had a decal on it but it was removed as per 1943 specifications. It was done very neatly and only slight traces remain. The inside of the dome shows a very nice NS style acceptance stamp. The drawstring is non-standard. SOLD



 Item 372 M35 tropical camouflage single decal army Helmet





This is an EF64 M35 helmet which very likely originally left the factory as a double decal army helmet. It was refurbished after the introduction of 1940 specifications. Painted inside and out with a textured feldgrau finish and a single ET style decal was applied. The helmet was later camouflaged by spray application of ordinance tan paint. The paint covers the inside rim as well as portions of the liner frame and even the leather in some spots. The chinstrap is in commensurate condition but is a non-textbook variant which appears not factory made. The tan camouflage paint remains 90% intact and the decal shows through nicely. I do not believe this helmet to be from the African theater but rather was painted later using vehicle paint. However, it has a very good appearance and is 100% honest. Just FYI; This helmets is profiled in the book GERMAN HEADGEAR IN WORLD WAR II, by Pat Moran & Jon Maquire on page 167. SOLD



 Item 365 M40 single decal Luftwaffe Helmet



This is not your garden variety Luftwaffe M40. It is an EF64 with the correct EF style eagle decal. Slightly yellowed as EF types tend to be. The condition is outstanding with the paint remaining literally 99.5%. The blue-grey finish shows little or no wear to the textured surface and the matte quality is excellent showing little or no effects of patina or shininess caused by handling. The liner is in almost un-issued condition. The helmet is topped off with a very well marked chinstrap made by a known Luftwaffe contractor. Rare maker...outstanding condition...You really cannot ask for a better example. SOLD



 Item 366 M18 Police transition Helmet



Police transitions are the most difficult to find of all transition helmets; that is if you are talking a "true" transition helmet dating to the period just before the advent of the M35 helmet. This is an M18 helmet which was refurbished early mid-1930s; being repainted in M35 spec feldgrau with the installation of an early aluminum non-reinforced liner with early alloy-type slot-washer split pins. The Police decal is an early Methner & Berger type which pre-dates the factory finished M35 Police helmets (first contracted in 1936). The helmet retains 95% f it's original paint with the decals in commensurate condition. Overall, a very nice example of one of the earliest Schutzpolizei helmets. ON HOLD



 Item 367 M35 Double decal army Helmet



Here is a very decent example of your basic Double decal Quist army helmet. Shell size 64. The steel lot number is a two-digit number which in itself does not effectively date the shell as it is outside of the normally encountered sequences. The liner and chinstrap bear 1937 dates. The eagle decal is a typical Quist "house" decal; being the type known as the "bigfoot". The helmet is named on both the shell and liner. Overall a decent, honest example. SOLD



 Item 368 M35 single decal army Helmet



This is an ET64 former double decal army of 1939 vintage. The helmet exterior has been painted over and an ET style re-issue decal applied over the feldgrau paint. The original factory applied national color shield is easily visible beneath the over-paint. When the helmet was repainted, the interior was left in it's factory issue configuration. The 1939 acceptance stamp is visible inside the dome. The liner is an aluminum framed type which is dated 1939. The chinstrap maker markings are faint but they indicate production by Rahm-Kampmann in 1939. Overall a very attractive and honest helmet. $1550.00



 Item 369 M35 single decal army Helmet



This is an EF66 M35 helmet that was completely refurbished as per 1940 specifications. The paint is a very dark shade of feldgrau. The eagle army decal is a reissue type and remains 95% intact; showing surface wear which is commensurate with the helmet as a whole. The liner is intact and sound with it's original chinstrap. The helmet is nicely named on the rear skirt. A very good example of a moderately worn combat helmet.  SOLD



Item 370 M1937 Kriegsmarine sun Helmet



This is an exceedingly rare sun helmet. I've literally seen about a half-dozen examples in all my years. This is the finest condition one which I have encountered. It is the one which I used to illustrate this model helmet when I worked on my first book "Germany's combat helmets" back in the late 2000s. The actual nomenclature is the M1937 pattern but that is most likely a collector term. The helmet is based on the imperial German design but the red/green interior color appears for the first time in helmets produced during the mid-late 1930s. The body is made from a molded composite material resembling pressed cardboard which was chemically impregnated for sturdiness. It is finished with an applied felt finish inside and out. The sweatband is adjustable by a rather complicated method. The insignia resembles that of the "Donald duck" hats and is unique to this model helmet. A fascinating early piece of Kriegsmarine head-gear. 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 375 M1915 style Italian Adrian Helmet; used in Spanish civil war.



I know what you are going to say... If it was a "Civil" war; why were people shooting at each other?

This is an Adrian helmet which was made in Italy just after World war one. Sometimes referred to as the "M20" Italian Adrian. In the summer of 1936, it was one of the ones sent as part of Mussolini's support of the Spanish Nationalists during the Spanish civil war. Repainted in a more green-ish color by the Spanish and the chinstrap replaced by them. The liner appears to be the original Italian produced one. The condition is overall fairly good. The survivability of these helmets in a collectible condition is particularly rare. Most were all but destroyed in very poor post-war storage conditions. $250.00



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 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. 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 SOLD




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












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