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Item 867 M38 sawdust camouflage Paratrooper helmet

This one is what you might call a real “Killer”. A good friend of mine actually sourced this in 1989 and had it as the flagship of his collection for over 20 years. It is profiled on page 304 of my 2009 book “Germany’s combat helmets”. It is a 1941 produced single decal M38 which was brush painted in three colors with sawdust mixed in. Please note that the eagle decal has been painted around. There is no sign whatsoever of it having been exposed by post-war tampering. This is a thing that we must always be on the look-out for as exposing Luftwaffe decals in this manner was a common practice decades ago. But that is not an issue with this one. The liner frame is aluminum which was used in M38 liners far into the war years. The 4 bolts are unturned. They are vented slots at the sides and spanners at the rear. The liner shows wear but no real damage. The chinstraps are reasonably supple. The stripe which shows in the photos of one side of the straps is caused because the overlying strip of glove leather has long ago become separated; exposing the underlying backing. Overall the helmet is well balanced and makes a striking display for that spot on your top shelf. $14000.00

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Item 865 M35 Camouflage Luftwaffe helmet

THis one has a very nise appeal to it. It is a Q68 shell which had originally left the factory as a double decal Luftwaffe helmet. It was subsequently painted over in a camouflage pattern that consists mainly of brown/dark tan colors mixed with subtle hues of green/brown. The national color decal must have been removed as there is no trace peeking through. The eagle decal is peeking through quite a bit. In the close-ups you can see how the over-paint has reacted to the lacquer which covered the decal. The camo paint has sort of shrunken away revealing a very clear outline of the underlying eagle decal. Notice how the chinstrap has been put up over the brim with the brown side out. This is not a brown leather Luftwaffe chinstrap. It is a standard wartime black strap that was applied inside out. It makes a very nice contrast to the color of the paint.. Overall this is a well balanced and honest helmet which displays very well. I guarantee you will love it. $2200.00

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Item 864 M35 double decal Luftwaffe helmet

This is an ET 68 Double decal Luftwaffe helmet of 1939 vintage. (for some reason the second digit of the 4000 series lot number has been lightly stamped or neglected altogether. Just goes to illustrate that the Germans had Friday afternoons like the rest of us) The helmet was lightly sprayed over the exterior to conform with 1940 specifications about decals. The eagle decal was painted around but the National colors shield was covered. Subsequent age and wear has worn off a lot of this over-paint and partially exposed the color shield. Please study the photo and notice that the partial showing of the color shield is NOT the result of somebody trying to expose it by abrasion. The droop-tail decal is a very good looking example. The liner shows substantial age/wear but remains intact. The wartime chinstrap has been shortened to remove slack. If you have been looking for a well-balanced first pattern Luftwaffe decaled helmet, you may want to consider this dandy specimen. $1600.00

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Item 863 Type 90 Japanese army helmet

Japanese combat helmets. You love them or you don’t. I think they are an iconic item of the war in the south pacific. Along with the samurai sword and the signed “meatball” flag; they were the most popular of items brought home from the tropical islands. But enough of my commercial…

This is a very good combat used example of the type 90 helmet; dated Showa 18 (1943). Very nice paint, original start (which is a bit vaulted) full length straps and a liner which shows use but no abuse and no significant post-war damage. It is size marked large with the hand-painted white Kanji Character. The soldier painted his name in Red at the front rim. Honest as a conservative Judge. $1000

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Item 862 M38 Paratrooper helmet

Find a better example. I dare you. I double dare you. This is an “off the shelf- right out of the bin” unissued Paratrooper helmet which; judging from the steel lot number, was produced in early 1944. The liner is nearly spotless. The leather is as supple as glove leather. The straps are simply the best which I have ever seen. The bolts are vented slots at the sides and solid slots at the rear. This is the most common configuration which I have noticed with paratrooper helmet when we see them with mixed bolts. Each of the four is double nutted. When this one sells, I will literally shed a tear as I put it into the box. (is that spreading it a bit thick? Maybe…) No one can deny this one is “top shelf”. $6500.00

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Item 861 M35 Double decal army helmet

This is a very nice M35 ET64 double decal army helmet. 95% paint and 97% decals with a liner that shows moderate wear. The lot number is right around that 4000 mark which means manufacture and assembly in early 1939. My bet would be January. The final assembly acceptance stamp is dated 1938 (as is the chinstrap) but I remain convinced that they didn’t change the dates of thier acceptance stamps on January 1st of any given year. The helmet is named to a Hauptmann Schneider and all components appear to be commensurate in condition making this as honest as it is attractive. $5250.00

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Item 860 M35 Double decal Luftwaffe helmet

Who doesn’t love a crispy Droop-tail eagle decal? This 1939 vintage M35 has 97% of it’s original feldblau paint and has retained it’s matte quality with no adverse effects caused by patina and collector handling. The shell is an ET62 and one can see in the areas of paint damage that there is an underlying coat of feldgrau. This helmet was originally painted for an army contract but before it eft the factory, it underwent service-branch re-assignment and was painted again and decaled as a Luftwaffe. The liner shows light wear and the chinstrap appears by all indications to be original to the helmet. You can see where the aluminum has worn onto the leather at the bales. As the strap is dated 1941, it was plainly added during the war; perhaps when the helmet was issued from old stock. It apparently has not seen a lot of use. $3250.00

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Item 859 M35 Double decal Luftwaffe helmet

I love helmets in this condition. Not minty but not bad at all. And 100% honest and well balanced. The shell is an ET64 of late 1938 vintage. Decals and paint rate at 95%. The liner shows light wear and the chinstrap appears by all indications to be original to the helmet. You can see where the aluminum has worn onto the leather at the bales. The strap is made by a company known for having Luftwaffe contracts. It is dated 1939 as is the liner frame itself. Most likely this helmet was assembled in early 1939. $2450.00

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Item 858 M16 camouflage helmet

I really don’t find these very often anymore. This is perhaps the first nice one I have had in a couple of years. The Q66 shell was painted in a typical geometric pattern composed of three colors with black separation lines according to the Ludendorff order of spring 1918. The paint remains 90%+ intact with vivid colors. The liner is complete but the fingers have had the drawstring holes pulled through. This helmet has it’s original chinstrap and you can tell that the chinstrap posts have been slightly peened over to keep it from falling off as 95% of them did (unless they simply rotted away). This helmet displays very well from all angles $2200.00

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Item 857 M35 texture painted combat helmet.

I LIKE TO THINK THAt helmets like this are what “German helmets inc” is all about. They don’t come much more honest or full of charecter than this one. The helmet started out life as an SE64 Double decal army. It was issued to at least two different fellows during the span of it’s combat career. At some point during the war it recieved a thick coat of heavy texture green paint and “Klauss” painted his name on the inside skirt. The paint has some spots of damage in all the right places. The liner shows a good amount of wear. The chinstrap appears by all indications to be original to the helmet and is marked by G. Scheile, Loburg. You can see the painted name of a former owner at the rear. The green over paint is spilt onto parts of the liner frame. I would imagine that this helmet has been to Russia and back; probably taken by some GI in the last stages of the war. What had it and it’s owner(s) seen? $1500.00

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Bargain Basement helmet 169

Here is a typical wartime produced Type 90 Japanese combat helmet. The star has it’s prings broken off so the liner is unattached at the front. One of the straps is missing and the other is broken off mid-way. $400

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Bargain Basement helmet 168

This is a police shako with a black composite body made by Maury’s of Offenbach. (This company made enlisted man’s spike helmets during the great war) There is a repair to one of the liner fingers but all other components are intact and sound.  $375

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Bargain Basement helmet 167

This is an unissued M40 Q62 Luftwaffe helmet with a sound decal, nice paint and a super clean liner. I dobt that a chinstrap was ever attached. The liner drawstring has not been tightened so I believe it has not been worn. Most likely came out of a bin in 1945.  $600

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Bargain Basement helmet 166

This is an ET63 police helmet from the 1937 contract. It shows a good amount of damage to the paint and decals. The liner is an original wartime one which has been post-war replaced into the helmet. The chinstrap is a late war RB numbered example. $500

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Bargain Basement helmet 165

I believe that this is a post-war produced shell made by Quist in the 1950s. The liner is fake as is the chinstrap, paint and decal.There are no markings on the shell but I guess it’s a size 64 shell. $200

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Bargain Basement helmet 164

Here is a decent M42 single decal army helmet with a good amount of age/wear but everything appears original. $500

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Bargain Basement helmet 163

A decent example of an M40 Luftwaffe helmet showing a good amount of age/wear. 80% PAint and 70% decal with heavy patina throughout.  $550

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Bargain Basement helmet 162

This is a 1930s commercially produced black parade helmet to which somebody has applied a Fake decal $100

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Bargain Basement helmet 161

This is a wartime Luftschutz gladiator helmet with a white strip for visibiity in the dark. As thye helmet above; somebody has applied a Fake decal $100

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Bargain Basement helmet 160

 A basic example of the French M15 with an infantry badge, original liner and strap but the strap bale has come separated from it’s connection to the shell.  The liner is a hard-to-find first pattern type which is about size 57. $150

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Bargain Basement helmet 159

Here s an engineer Adrian with a second pattern liner introduced in about mid 1917. The chinstrap is gone and it looks like somebody has had this hanging over his bar for years. $150

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Bargain Basement helmet 158

Here is a standard French Adrian wit an M26 infantry badge. Most likely this helmet dates to the 50s just before they developed the US-inspired M53 helmet.  $100

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Bargain Basement helmet 157

 A very interesting helmet; a model 1935 special model for tank troops. Just another example of the wonderful French style of combat headgear. (I am not being sarcastic. The French helmets were the second coolest helmets) . $150

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Bargain Basement helmet 156

An Italian Model 1933 helmet made in the 50s before the Italians finally gave up and modernized their design. $50

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