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Welcome to Ken’s Bargain Basement

Here you will find cheap helmets.

Buy them. Get them out of my hair.

I am sorry but the Bargain basement is currently empty. everything here has already sold.

Bargain basement # 217

BarHere is an Austrian M16 helmet that was reworked as a Double decal army transition helmet in around 1938. It has early re-issue decals and a 1938 dated aluminum framed liner. The exterior was at some point painted over in clear lacqer or shellac. The subsequently somebody tried to remove it. Basically the outside of this helmet is screwed. But it still has merit as a display piece. $600.00 ON HOLD

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Bargain basement # 216

This is an ET66 M42 helmet that was painted over on the exterior a long time ago but I don’t believe it was done wartime. The decal was removed at the time it was repainted. The inside paint is original and the liner is original and the price is $400.00 ON HOLD

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Bargain basement # 215 

This is a Q62 helmet that originally was a double decal army helmet but the exterior was stripped of it’s decals, repainted in M1940 spec textured paint and a re-issue single army decal applied sometime around 1941. The interior retains it’s factory applied smooth texture paint. The liner shows moderate wear but is intact with it’s original drawstring. Overall an honest and original example. $675.00 ON HOLD

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Bargain basement # 214

Here is an NS62 M35 double decal army helmet. Sometime after 1940 the exterior of the helmet was repainted in M40 spec textured paint. Both decals were covered. Sometime in the past couple decades, some enterprising fellow “liberated” both decals by mechanical means. (like sandpaper or some such) He did a decent job but he altered the originality of the helmet. The original 1937 dated acceptance stamp is still visible. The liner has turned to toast. The chinstrap has multiple repairs. $375.00 SOLD

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Bargain basement # 213

This is an EF62 M35 helmet produced around 1939-1940. The exterior was repainted sometime after 1940-41 and the original factory applied Juttner style decal was painted around. At some point in modern times, the liner was removed and is gone. In it’s place is a broken liner frame of post 1940 vintage. The split-pins are original to the helmet. A decent looking shell. $350.00 SOLD

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Bargain basement # 212

This is an SE64 single decal Luftwaffe M40 helmet. 85% of the original paint. The decal is about 50% intact. The liner shows good, honest wear and is original to the helmet. There is a partial name scratched into the rear skirt. Find a chinstrap for this helmet and you will have something decent. $600 ON HOLD

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Bargain basement # 211

This is a Q64 single decal army helmet with a basket of medium sized mesh chicken-wire. The original factory paint remain 90% intact. The Quist “big-foot” decal is about 50%. As for the wire, the manufacture method is correct for the period; ie, it is made with a reciprocating machine which changes the direction of the twist every other cycle. The wire was zinc-coated by immersion after it was woven into the mesh, which is correct for the period. Further the wire appears to have been painted to dull-down the surface before being applied to the helmet. (new manufactured wire would have been bright and shiny; thus completely inappropriate for applying as it is, to the surface of a combat helmet). Overall; the patina of the wire appears to match to the other helmet components. HOWEVER… as correct as it seems, I am not 100% convinced it is a good. I mean that I am on-the-fence as to whether this chicken-wire is original and I am not prepared to offer a guarantee that it is so. In the best case, it is original…In the worst case, it makes a very good display. That is how I am pricing it. $500 SOLD

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Bargain basement # 210

The heavy re-issue paint is too thick to see the markings but the helmet shell size is 64 and the vents look like NS type… so we will call this an NS64 The helmet was over-painted in textured Luftwaffe blue-grey paint and an eagle decal was applied crudely over the paint. The national color shield had been crudely painted around (and the painter did not feel it necessary to retain the shield shape). The liner appears to be original to the helmet. $750 SOLD

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Bargain basement # 209

This is an SE60 double decal Luftwaffe M35. The paint rates at 90%. The decals rate at about 80%. The liner shows damage around the rim but appears to be original to the helmet. Overall, this little helmet is OK but not great. $500.00  SOLD

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Bargain basement # 208

This is a rear seam swivel-bale M1 helmet that has been repainted with a restored liner (original liner shell with new webbing) the net is a reproduction. The helmet is $135.00 SOLD

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Bargain basement # 207

One of the nicest Luftschutz gladiator helmets I have ever had. This one retains 99% paint and decal with a clean liner and chinstrap. The former owner has written his name and address on the lining. The house is still standing; according to Google-earth and is a stately town-house in Union city Indiana. (If you want to go knocking on the door, do NOT tell them I sent you.) The helmet costs $425.00ON HOLD

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Bargain basement # 206

This is a very decent example of what has become known as the “M34” civil light-weight helmet. These helmets were produced on order by various uniform and headgear supply companies during the Third Reich; catering to personnel of paramilitary organizations whose members often had to buy thier own uniforms/headgear. This example retains 95% of it’s original factory finish black paint. The police decals remain strong and with good details. The liner and chinstrap are intact and sound. There is a label inside the dome at the front indicating the helmet was sold through the company of Heinrich Mandelartz of Aachen. Interestingly this company is still in business; supplying various equestrian products such as tack gear, uniforms and (of course) riding helmets. Overall a fine example of a civil police helmet SOLD

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Bargain basement # 205

This is an original M18 helmet with a maker mark TJ66. It has original paint. Somebody at some point in recent decades transformed it into a “Cut-out” helmet by cutting/folding/welding the sides. The paint around the rim has been convincingly matched to the original paint of the shell. The decals are fairly good reproductions and look like they have been there for years. The liner is an original 1938-39 re-enforced aluminum type. Original frame and original leather. The chinstrap is an original “M27” type which is often found on early transition helmets. The chinstrap is fragile but in one piece and works well for display. Overall the helmet makes a fairly attractive display.  SOLD

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Bargain basement # 204

Here is Im know what you’re thinking. This helmet is really, really green. But the paint is original. Late war Hkp helmets often came with very green finishes with little or no grey pigment added. This one has not been toned down by patina so the color really stands out. It has one other fairly rare feature; a dome stamp. Hkp seldom used acceptance stamps in the domes of their late-war helmets but this example ended up with one. The liner is decent but the chinstrap is gone. SOLD

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Bargain basement # 203

Here is a Ckl68 helmet with a size 61 liner. overall this helmet shows considerable wear but remains completely original. SOLD

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