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Item 944 M18 transition helmet

This is one of the nicest transition helmets that I have been able to offer. It is an M18 which was re-worked for issue to the fledgling Wehrmacht Ca. 1935-36. At the time it was reworked, it was brush painted in a shade of feldgrau which I refer to as 1935 spec paint; because this particular shade is very typical for M16-M18 helmets refurbished during this period. The split-pins which hold the liner were upgraded from the WW1 types to the new M31. These early M31 pins have a smaller head than later ones and a single slot washer is utilized on the inside of the shell. The helmet liner retains it’s original M27 chinstrap. The shell is an ET66. The decals are early produced C.A. Pochers and remain in excellent condition. The liner frame is a fascinating example of an ad hoc creation produced on contract from an unknown enterprise which was engaged in refurbishing helmets for the Wehrmacht. It is a single band of aluminum; fairly wide (in comparison to the M18 liner or the later M31s) and held together at the rear by 6 small, domed rivets. Overall this helmet has a very honest look and remains in excellent condition. $3500

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Item 943 M1940 DAK pith helmet

Everybody loves a green canvas pith helmet. Maybe it’s because green helmets make up only about 5% of German pith helmets in general. Maybe it’s because green matches the uniforms better.  In any case; this is a good example of the first pattern canvas M1940 sun helmet as issued to members of the AfrikaKorps when they stepped off those JU52s outside Tripoli in 1941-42. The cork body is intact with no crushed spots and decent leather trim all the way around. The shields appear to be original to the helmet and were set in pre-punched holes. Overall this one has a good shape and a “Used but not abused” appearance. $750.00

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Item 942 M42 no-decal army helmet

This Hkp68 M42 helmet bears a 3300 lot number which places it’s likely production date not long after the elimination of factory applied army decals. I’d say late summer 1943. The shell retains 95% of it’s original textured paint. The liner is intact and sound though it shows a good bit of wear and age. The chinstrap is thinner than most. The long end could be something hand-fashioned to serve the purpose but I really think it is a factory made strap. I can’t see anything resembling a dome stamp but that doesn’t bother me because Hkp had a very weak and widely neglected practice of applying acceptance stamps. $750.00

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Item 941 M16 Imperial German army helmet

Yes; the chinstrap is not an original one. Looks pretty good but is a reproduction. But the rest of the helmet is a real peach. 95% original paint with moderate discoloration caused by patina and collector handling. The shell appears to me to be an ET (by it’s shape and the angles of the skirt) but I cannot make out the manufacture stamp/size.  It is a size 66. The liner is completely intact, fairly sound and all original with solid stitching and no damage to the fingers. $750.00

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Item 940 M35 Double decal army Helmet

One of the cleanest and most attractive examples I have been able to offer in quite a while; this ET66 M35 helmet retains 98% of it’s finish; which is a shade of feldgrau with a distinct grey-ish hue. The decals are typical ET factory applied and remain 99% intact. The acceptance stamp inside the dome is quite faint but I believe I can make out a 1939 date. The aluminum reinforced liner frame is marked and dated 1939. The lot number corresponds to mid-1939 production. The leather of the liner shows only light wear and has some minor flaking around the edge. The chinstrap is a pre-1940 example with aluminum hardware. The maker mark is quite difficult to make out but I believe it to be Rahm-Kampmann of Wuppertal and the date is likely 1939. Overall this one is a real beauty in every regard. SOLD

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Item 939 M35 Double decal Schutzpolizei helmet.

This is a very nice example of an NS produced police helmet and is a relatively late example from their 1938 contract with the Schutzpolizei. The police decal is one of two types used by NS for the 1938 contract. (The other type is the less attractive “fuzzy” eagle decal which is detailed in the police chapter of my book on helmet decals). The helmet shell size is 64. The paint is textbook for NS 1938-1939 and remains 98% intact; having a good matte quality which was not effected by handling wear and patina. The 1938 acceptance stamp inside the dome is clear and vivid. The aluminum framed liner is dated 1938. The split-pins are the sub-contracted types used by NS beginning in 1939 so I believe this helmet may have actually been assembled early in 39. The “E” prefix of the steel accountability number further indicates production later than most examples encountered. So getting past all of the technical gobble-de-gook… This is a textbook example which is in wonderful condition. $3950.00

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Item 938 M40 Single decal Luftwaffe helmet

This is an un-issued M40 Luftwaffe helmet by Quist. It is a shell size 66. A good number of Quist M40s were taken from storage by US army personnel after the war and they are often referred to as helmets taken from a train car as there exists somewhere a piece of film footage showing a train car filled with Luftwaffe helmets being looted by US soldiers. Nobody can say for sure where this helmet came from but it remains in near new condition with 98% paint, 99% decal and a liner that shows no signs of having been worn. There is no chinstrap. As we all know; chinstraps were issued separately with helmets and were not applied at the factory. When this helmet was captured, it almost certainly did not have a chinstrap yet installed. A top-shelf example. $1850.00

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Item 937 MI US helmet in near new condition

They do not come much better than this one. The original paint retains virtually all of it’s texture and the color has not been darkened by patina or collector handling. Other than a few scuffs, the paint remains 99% intact. Even the stainless steel applied rim has all of it’s original paint both interior and exterior. The firestone liner is almost unworn and the webbing as well as the chinstrap remain in near mint condition. This helmet appears to have been issued twice as there is a name scratched out before the latest owner applied his name an laundry marking to several of the helmets components. The name C.E. Lloyd appears on the inner part of the sweatband. His laundry marking (last 4 digits of his A.S.N.) appear elsewhere leaving no doubt that as to the soldiers identity as verified by the listing found with NARA. Charles E. Lloyd (Of Erie New York) was involved with aircraft production before being enlisted into the army in December 1943. The enlistment records give no hint as to his war time service but perhaps further research can be done by the next lucky owner of this extraordinary helmet. $550.00

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Item 936 M1940 Green canvas Pith helmet

This is a very nice example of a rarely encountered Green canvas pith helmet. The cork body is intact with no interior breakage or cracks. The canvas is in excellent condition as is the green leather trim. The insignia shields are matching aluminum. The helmet is marked as a size 58 but there is no maker mark. This one displays quite well. $750.00

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Item 935 M18 transition helmet

This is one of the nicest transition helmets that I have seen in years. It is an M18 which was re-worked for issue to the fledgling Wehrmacht Ca. 1935-36. At the time it was reworked, it was brush painted in a shade of feldgrau which I refer to as 1935 spec paint; because this particular shade is very typical for M16-M18 helmets refurbished during this period. The split-pins which hold the liner were upgraded from the WW1 types to the new M31. These early M31 pins have a single piece head with a single piece prong which is inserted into one of two slots in the head and folded over to come out the other slot. This type of arrangement is easily seen through the paint on the rivet heads. Also a slotted washer is utilized on the inside of the shell. The helmet liner retains it’s original M18 chinstrap which in this case; is maker marked by Zeh & Schein of Hanau. The helmet bear two size indicating ink-stamps. One is a simple “66” stamped at wearers left to indicate the shell size. The other stamp is placed in the rear of the skirt and indicates both the shell size (66) and the hat size range (56.5 – 58). The original maker/size marking can be seen through the overpaint at wearers left. The shell is an Si66. The two decals remain in excellent condition. The national colors is a typical example. The eagle decal is rather atypical; being an Eduard Strache decal which; although is commonly found on Transitions or reworked M16 series helmets, it is generally considered to be a wartime decal. If that is correct, then the helmet would be considered too early to have such a decal on it. The lacquer which covers the eagle decal has a typical appearance for a helmet of 1935-36 vintage; being brush applied without a stencil (unlike later “factory” lacquer applications which were spray applied using a stencil). Since the Eduard Strache decal is not typically found on such early helmets, one may suspect that it was applied later yet the signs of early application appear genuine. So I am at a loss to explain this. In any case, every other feature of the helmet is textbook and overall it has a very honest look and remains in excellent condition. $2500

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Item 934 US M1 Navy ship-board helmet 

Here is a very good example of an early fixed-bale M1 helmet that saw service with the US navy. I have found that helmets which are verifiable as pre-1945 navy-used generally have this darker shade of “battleship grey” which is more grey than blue. The helmet has a rack number on the front which is slightly off center. The Westinghouse liner is an early one with green anodized “A” washers and an early style sweatband with the wire buckle at the rear. The liner shows moderate wear and there is no damage to the webbing or chinstrap. Overall this is a very good example of a helmet-type that every US M1 enthusiast should have. $550

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Item 933 M28 “Kelly” helmet

This is an M28A1 helmet as worn by men of the US army during the inter-war period and until the M1 began to replace it in late 1941. US soldiers and Marines were wearing these on Corrigidor when the Japs came. This example shows moderate wear but no abuse. The leather dome pad is still attached. The chinstrap is intact and sound. The helmet had been period repainted and remains in very nice overall condition. $225.00

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Item 890 M42 late war no-decal helmet

This is a Ckl66 with na 5725 lot number indicating likely production in late 1944. The feldgrau paint has very light (almost un-noticable) texture yet remains with good matte quality; having not been effected by patina and collector handling. The liner date cannot be seen but could very well be dated 1944. The leather shows very late war tanning quality. The chinstrap is maker marked an dated 1940 but appears to be very close in condition to the helmet that it could be originally applied. Overall a very honest and well balanced late war helmet. $875.00

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Item 886 M34 style Feuerschutz helmet

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Item 856 Imperial German M18 helmet

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Mark: I have also added photos here of my own Luftwaffe badge which has been deemed a fake. It’s as beautiful as yours.

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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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Swords

1- $475. No maker name. Unknown maker

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2 – Holler $475

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5 -Alcoso – $450

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6 -WKC pattern # 1058 – $550

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7 – Eickhorn “Scharnhorst” $500

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8 – Eickhorn – $425

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9 – WKC – $475

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10- WKC $425

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11 – WKC – $475

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12 – E. Pack & sohne -$575

13- F.W. Holler Pattern #32 $425

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17- F.W. Holler $475

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18- F.W. Holler Pattern #40  $460

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20- Pack pattern # 61, green eyes – $595

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21- Alcoso – $425

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23- WKC pattern # 84 – small spots on blade –  $385

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26- Eickhorn Leopard head $450

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27- WMW leopard – $525.00

 

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NEW! M38 Fallschirmjaeger helmets

I have been working on this for a long time. I started with the idea that there is not a reasonable quality reproduction of the M38 paratrooper helmet offered anywhere for a reasonable price. All there has been so far are the mega cheap Chinese crappy reproductions on eBay for under a hundred dollars. OR you can spring for one of the ultra high quality ones offered from various sellers for $600 to $1000. I set out to see if a reasonable quality M38 could be offered for a reasonable price. 

The shells – Back in the 1990s Rollin Curtis from “At the front” had a run of very tolerable-quality size 71 cm shells made in Asia. These helmet shells were the first attempt at decent copies and they compare favorably to originals; having the correct visor shape and height of the shell vs circumference. Rollin never ended up having the rest of the components produced so the shells sat around. I decided to get a supply of these.

The liners – I found a guy in California who could make the aluminum frames. I bought them from him and sent them to a leather-worker in New Jersey to have the leather and rubber padding installed into them.

The bolts – I found a supply of the first quality steel vented spanners which had been made in Czechoslovakia back in the early 90s.

The straps – Very good reproductions made in Asia.

The paint – My own mixture of 1940 spec feldgrau which is applied with 220 grit aluminum oxide powder

So we’ve got shells and straps made in Asia, Liners made in the USA and bolts made in Europe. The resulting helmets are assembled and painted here in my shop. They are intended to replicate a mid-war helmet with slotted spanners and RB numbered liners. I think I have done a fairly good job of putting together a helmet of reasonable quality and offered at a reasonable price. The helmets are sold WITHOUT decals until such a time as I can find a supply of suitable quality Eagle decals. As you can see, the leather liners vary according to color but each is on the correct grade and weight of leather.

 

The Helmets are a shell size 71 and I can supply them with liner Size 60.  No other sizes are possible at this point. I am sold out of the liners in sizes 59 and 61. No way to restock unless I start the whole project over again.

Price $395.00

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