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This page was updated on APRIL 9 

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My thought for today is this:  2012, the Department of Homeland Security published a solicitation for bids on new rifles, which were to have “select fire” capability. For the layman, think machine gun. The solicitation was titled “Personal Defense Weapons.” Apparently, a citizen’s semi-automatic rifle is an assault weapon, but the government’s fully automatic rifle is a personal defense weapon. This seems a bit incongruous.

 

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Item 829 M38 Fallschirmjager Helmet

This is an ET68 M38 paratrooper helmet that has seen action but not abused. The factory painted finish remains 90% intact. The liner has moderate wear/damage and has been marked with the wearer’s initials and some other information at the rear. The Karl Heisler hersteller markings are clearly seen. The chinstrap harness is complete and intact although the fine grade leather has become just a bit dry; a common problem seen with these intricate and special designed straps. The straps are sound enough for normal handling and display. The bolts each are double nutted; retaining both inner and outer nuts. The maker mark on the shell is either stamped too high (so as to be obscured by the liner frame) or stamped to weakly to be seen. I cannot see anything readable. The shell is; however 100% original. This one is a very good example of a combat used helmet which was produced (judging by the fact there is no decal) after the summer/fall of 1943.  ON HOLD

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Item 828 M35 Single decal army Helmet

Here is an EF 64 which has been over-painted for re-issue. The eagle is a very good example of an ET style re-issue decal and remains 95% intact. The painted finish remains 95% intact and still retains a very good matte appearance; not being effected by patina and collector handling. The inside of the helmet remains in factory condition with a factory installed reinforced aluminum liner. I cannot make out the dome stamp. The chinstrap is an early M27 style which we often see on early M35s. Unfortunately it has been the victim of rough handling and the carbine hook has broken off of the long-end of the strap. Overall this helmet has very good “shelf appeal”. ON HOLD

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Item 827 M40 Luftwaffe Helmet

This is an EF64 Luftwaffe helmet with a very nice 95% decal and only slightly worn factory finish paint The liner is in commensurate condition and overall the helmet is quite well balanced. The chinstrap is present however is a bit weak on the short-end strap and should be handled with care. Apparently the helmet was sent home by a soldier who picked it up in France in early 1945. ON HOLD

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Item 826 M40 Single decal Luftwaffe Helmet

This is an HKP64 M40 Luftwaffe helmet. The painted finish is very of HKP helmets at this stage of the war; being heavily textured. This texture often plays hell on the decals though. They generally show very spotty damage due to the underlying texture particles. This helmet is no different. The eagle decal remains 70% intact. The liner is crisp and clean and I believe that this helmet has never been issued. (chinstraps were not applied at the factory so a lacking chinstrap on an unissued helmet is usual) Overall a superior example with light storage wear.  ON HOLD

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Item 825 M42 No-decal  Helmet

This is a great no-decal helmet. The shell is an NS62 with 98% of it’s original late war grey/green finish. The liner remains in excellent condition wit the leather being pliable and sound. The original draw string is present. The domestamp is quite clear and is an NS specific stamp with the Abnehmestelle located in Schwerte (Home of the NS factory). The chinstrap is of late war quality and remains in commensurate excellent condition.   ON HOLD

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Item 824 M Helmet

This is an EF64 M42 no decal helmet with 95% original paint. The liner remains intact and sound. The chinstrap is a rare example of one which was not dyed black by the manufacturer. It is broken on the short buckle end. There is a slight dent to the helmet shell at wearers right just at the air-vent. A very good late war example with a visible dome-stamp  $500.00

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Item 823 Imperial German M18 “special model Cut-out” Helmet

This is a 100% original M18 cut out helmet shell produced in size 64 by ET in the summer of 1918. The shell bears every trait of being an original cut-out and NOT post-war modified. This helmet was re-issued with a single Heer decal applied to it as per 1940 specifications. Now let’s talk about the camouflage. Frankly I do not like it. I think it has been applied to the helmet in recent decades. The colors are correct and the paint seems to match the condition of the helmet overall but not quite close-enough for my taste. I am selling this at the price of an original M18 shell which has been re-issued as a single decal army helmet after 1940. The camouflage; whenever it was applied; it just part of the package. $1250.00

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Item 822 US M1 Helmet w/ fixed bales

This is one f the most minty US M1 helmets that I have ever seen. The shell extreior retains 99.5% of it’s original textured paint. The liner is a firestone with early green/grey anodized “A” washers holding the suspension. The liner chinstrap is a mint condition example with early green hardware. The chinstrap is ID’d by laundry number to the soldier who wore it. I honestly don’t think you are liable to find a better, cleaner example. ON HOLD

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Item 821 M40 Luftwaffe Helmet

This is a very nice Q62 single decal Luftwaffe helmet with a smooth and pliable leather liner. Most probably it has never had a chinstrap attached because it remains in un-issued condition. There is only slight damage to the eagle and various scrapes to the exterior paint. Overall it has a very pleasant and honest appearance ON HOLD

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Item 820 M16 Imperial German camouflage Helmet

This is an Si66 helmet with an M17 steel liner frame that has lost it’s leather pads. The split-pins are un-molested and two chinstrap mounting buckles remain at the sides.  The exterior of the helmet was camouflaged with a three-color pattern as per 1918 specifications. It remains fairly vivid altough has taken on a definite shine (probably polished at some point). Overall a decent example. ON HOLD

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Item 819 M1915 French Adrian Helmet

This is anM1915 French Adrian helmet with an Artuillery badge on the front. The badge is original to the helmet. The paint is the earlier “Bleu Horizon” which was fcatory applied to helmets through-out 1915 and 1916 (being replaced by the darker, more grey paint in 1917). The liner is the first style which was cut from a single leather piece. These liners were used in 1915-1916 helmets. The chinstrap is intact. It has been sewn to the bale at wearers left rather than riveted as is more usually seen. This could mean the strap was repaired at some point but I could not say when. Overall very nice condition; certainly well above average. $475.00

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Item 817 M16 Single decal army Helmet

This is the nicest M16 series reissue helmet which I have been able to offer in years. It is almost literally in mint unissued condition.  The helmet is a 1916 era produced G62. It was reissued after being refurbished to 1940 specifications with wartime textured feldgrau paint and a single army eagle decal. The decal is a Methner & Berger which is most usually seen with wartime reissues of these early helmets. The paint rates at 99.9% and shows n signs of darkening or shine caused by collector handling. The matte appearance is actually among the nicest I have ever seen. The M16 chinstrap lug at wearers right was popped out of the shell at some point before the refurbishment was done. (You can see from the detailed pics that the paint around the lug-hole has not been disturbed) As these chinstrap lugs were no longer necessary with the new M31 liner systems, they became redundant and the missing lug would not have caused this helmet to pass quality control. The liner is a wartime steel framed type and is in unused condition. There is no chinstrap. Since helmets were not issued with chinstraps attached (but rather issued separately for the soldier to install himself) the lack of chinstrap is actually correct for this helmet. Overall a top-shelf helmet. ON HOLD

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Item 816 M40 single decal army Helmet

Here is an ET64 M40 army with a 3 digit lot number indicating likely production during the summer/fall of 1940. The paint rates at 95% as does the factory applied ET variant eagle decal. The liner has a couple of issues. The inner assembly consisting of the inside metal band and attached leather have at some point been removed from the outer liner frame. A rather clumsy re-installation caused two of the suspension springs to break. The chinstrap is a postwar example; being taken from a 1950s produced M56 grenschutz helmet. It was applied to this helmet because of it’s close resemblance to an original M31 strap. The helmet’s problems notwithstanding, it remains in very nice condition externally and displays very well. ON HOLD

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Item 815 M40 3-color camouflage helmet

This is a Quist size 64 shell which has the maker mark in the back indicating it was produced after the summer of 1943. No decal was applied at the factory. The helmet was subsequently camouflaged by the application by spray of a 3-color pattern of standard vehicle paint. This camouflage remains 90% intact. The leather liner shows moderate wear and remains intact. The chinstrap is in matching condition and could well be original to the helmet. It is unmarked. Overall this helmet has an extraordinary honest appearance to it.  ON HOLD

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Item 814 M42 Single decal army helmet

This is an ET64 helmet witha 25xx lot number indicating likely production during the 1st or 2nd quarter of 1943. The decal is a textbook ET factory application showing good detail and minor surface wear. The wartime textured paint remains 95% intact. The liner shows liht to moderate wear. The chinstrap appears original to the helmet and is a pigskin type with a repair made to the middle section of the long strap. Overall a very decent example of an M42 single decal army helmet which I often refer to as the “Quintessential German combat helmet of WW2”. $1600.00

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Item 812 M35 Double decal Luftwaffe Helmet

This M35 Double decal Luftwaffe helmet is pretty nice. The original factory applied smooth texture paint rates at 95% and shows good color nit being overly effected by patina. The helmet is from the 1938-39 SE contract which must have been of substantial size as a good number of SE DD Luftwaffe helmets are seen. The national colors decal shows some damage although the eagle decal has survived much better than most. The aluminum re-enforced liner frame is dated 1939. The chinstrap maker mark is faint but enough present to recognize it as a Rahm-Kampmann and most likely of 1939 production. The chinstrap is cut from brown dyed leather indicating it was produced under Luftwaffe contract and is by all indications; original to this helmet. There is no visible inspection stamp inside the dome. The SE factory appears to have been quite lax in applying such stamps as their M35 helmets are normally found without. This one is a good looker overall. ON HOLD

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Item 811 M40 Single decal army Helmet

This is a decent NS64 single decal army helmet with its original wartime feldgrau paint remaining 90%+ intact. The eagle decal is the expected C.A.Pocher which was used for all factory applications of NS helmets from 1936 to 1943. The liner shows age/wear and has some darkening to the fingers. The chinstrap hasn’t faired very well but one of the ends shows an interesting maker mark placed in an unusual position on the strap. ON HOLD

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Item 809 M35 (former) double decal army Helmet

This ET66 helmet was originally factory finished as an M35 double decal army helmet. The army decal is a textbook ET factory variant.  Some time after introduction of the 1940 specifications, the exterior and then inside skirt ere painted over in textured feldgrau paint with the national color shield covered and the Army decal painted around. At some point in more recent decades, some knucklehead decided to do decal mining to try to expose the national color shield. On the wearers right side, we see the fruits of his labor. The liner assembly is the original factory installed. The leather shows effects of maoit storage but remains intact. The chinstrap faired less well as only a stub remains on one side. Overall a helmet which still has some merit and would fit in as an example of a double decal army helmet. SOLD

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Item 808 M16 re-issue single decal army Helmet

This is a fairly rare M16 shell which is maker marked K64. The K indicated on maker lists as the manufacturer Remscheid Hasten K, Remscheid. It was refurbished around 1940-41 as a single decal army helmet. The facility which refurbished the helmet used a fairly rough lacquer coated Ed Strache army decal which is generally only found on helmet shells of WW1 vintage which have been refurbed for use during the war. The liner size of 55 is indicated by a painted size marking in the dome. (remember of course that WW1 vintage shells used liner which were one size steeped down fro their M35-42 counter-parts. ie; an M16-18 size 64 shell  would accommodate the same liner as a size 62 helmet in the M35-42 series. The wartime feldgrau paint remains 90% intact whereas the decal has taken some hits. The helmet ws issued to a Gefreiter whose name is written into the liner. The leather of the liner and strap is intact and sound. SOLD

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Item 807 M16 Imperial German combat helmet

This M16 combat helmet was camouflaged by the application by brush of irregular splotches of Brown and black. The surface shows moderate subsequent wear. The liner is intact with all three pads and their corrosponding  pillows inside the rear pockets. The helmet is named in two places by a gefreiter who wanted to hide his ID under the pads. You can see in the photos that the thick-head rivet which is normally laced at the rear has; in this case been placed at wearers right. I do not believe this is a result of post-war tampering rather simply a sign that German helmet factory workers had  Friday afternoons just like the rest of us. Apparently the inspector didn’t catch it either. SOLD

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Item 806 M35 Beaded Luftschutz helmet

This is a Q64 helmet that of fairly early production. The bead indicates that the steel shell failed metalurgical/ballistic testing after it was stamped out and finished. Rather than scrap shells of this nature, the factory sets them in a jog and draws a bead around them to indicate they are to be reserved for sale in the private sector to commercial firms that finish them with paint, decals and civil style liners for sale to paramilitary organizations. In this case, the helmet went to a contractor to finish it as a Luftschutz helmet. It was later sold by any one of a number of hatters. A helmet which is combat weight was preferred by members of the Luftschtz organization over the M38 “gladiator” the design of which was approved by the RLM and thus stamped at the rear. This example is nearly pristine onthe outside with 99% paint and decal. The chinstrap is excellent but the liner has had the tips of 3 of the fingers broken off. Looks great on a shelf. SOLD

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Item 806 M35 Double decal Kriegsmarine Helmet

This is about as textbook as a Navy helmet can be. The decal is an obvious layered style with gold eagle on an ET shell not numbered 4369; plcing it right in the middle of the lot number range for the first and only 1938-39 KM contract for M35 helmets produced to M1935 specs. The paint shows a bit of browning yet remains 95% intact. The decals show only a few scratches and match the patina of the shell exactly. The aluminum reinforced liner frame is dated 1939. The chinstrap shows every indication of being original to the helmet, however it has been repaired right in the middle of the long strap. SOLD

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Item 805 M35 Double decal army Helmet

A very nice NS64 Double decal army helmet with 98% paint and decals. The eagle is the typical NS factory applied C.A. Pocher army decal. The shell has an acceptance stamp inside the dome which is dated 1937. The aluminum reinforced liner frame is dated 1938 and the chinstrap bears a maker mark of Rahm-Kampmann 1937. The liner leather is superb and the helmet overall makes a very good display. SOLD

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Item 804 M35 Double decal army Helmet

This is an ET 64 of 1937 vintage. The factory finish is fairly typical for ET 1938 period helmets. It appears a bit shinier than some because I believe it had been polished at some point. There is enough accumulated Patina to suggest it being done decades ago. For all I know it could be period done. The decals are in fine condition with only minor scratches matching the condition of the paint itself. The liner leather is in very nice shape. There is a 1937 dated acceptance stamp and the liner frame is likewise dated 1937. The chinstrap is a Carl Techson 1938. SOLD

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Item 802 M35 Double decal Luftwaffe Helmet

This is a Q62 doube deca Luftwaffe helmet of 1937 vintage. The eagle decal is a standard first pattern with a curved leg; known as the “snake-leg” mainly appearing on helmets of 1936-early 1937 production. The decals show a good amount of even wear as does the painted finish. The liner frame bears a 1937 date and the leather shows a good amount of wear yet remains intact and sound. The chinstrap is worn and somewhat frail but is intact with a maker mark but no date is readable. Overall tis is a decent and honest example of an early Luftwaffe helmet. SOLD

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Item 801 M40 Single decal army Helmet

This is a standard and typical example of an M40 single decal army helmet dating to 1941. It is an ET64 with 80% paint and decal. The decal is a textbook ET pattern and shows very honest / even wear patterns along with a fair amount of patina which matches the helmet overall. The leather of the liner is intact and sound. I have not been able to verify the date of the liner frame but I would bet it is either 1940 or 1941. ON HOLD

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Item 790 M35 Double decal army Helmet

This helmet would satisfy even the most discerning of collectors. Made by NS (size 64) in 1939 the original factory paint remains 98% intact with only minor scratches. The color is excellent as is the matte quality; not having been altered by patina or collector handling. The decals have held up remarkably and both are in 98% condition. The eagle being a textbook factory applied C.A. Pocher (the only decal used by NS from 1936 until 1943). The liner frame is dated 1939 and is infested with dust and greebles that we all want to see in an untouched helmet. The acceptance stamp appears to have been applied with a half-dry stamp because only about half of it transferred to the metal of the dome. The chinstrap is an early aluminum mounted type but hard as I try, I cannot make out the manufacture or date marking. Overall, this one is a top-shelf example. ON HOLD

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Item 769 M18 Double decal transition Helmet

This is a good example of a very rare helmet; being an M1918 special model known as the ear-cut-out. It was upgraded twice in it’s life. The first time, the M18 liner was re-installed with upgraded split-pins of late 1920s vintage and the M27 chinstrap replaced the original M18 type. Later the helmet over-painted in feldgrau and  early C.A. Pocher Heer insignias applied at the sides. Most likely this last modification occurred in 1934 or 1935. as later re-issued helmets tended t be upgraded with the newly produced M31 liners. This exact helmet was profiled in my first book “Germany combat helmets”; Pages 211-212, published in 2009. $6450.00

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Item 759 M42 single decal army helmet

Here is an EF M42 single decal army with a thin-wing Huber-Jordan-Koerner eagle decal. It is of relatively early production as the maker mark is still located at the side. The eagle decal displays the moderate wear and damage points. The decal has toned just a bit although the paint remains fairly unaltered by darkening caused by patina and collector handling. 98% paint and 95% decal. The leather liner has a bit of a reddish hue to it which should NOT be confused with liners that were dyed red by the Norwegian army for post-war use. I can spot one of those a mile away. This liner is a completely original example (and original to the helmet) which just happens to have a slight red hue to it. There is a repair to the rear tongue. A very nice example of an M42 single decal army helmet. Add a strap and a string and you’ll really have something here ON HOLD

 

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Item 730 M35 Luftwaffe three-color spray “Normandy” camouflage Helmet

This is an ET62 former double decal Luftwaffe helmet which has been sprayed in a three color (standard vehicle colors) pattern over the smooth texture M35 paint.  The camouflage aint remains 90-95% intact. The Luftwaffe eagle decal can faintly been seen in relief but I see no trace of the national color shield which would certainly have been there at one time. The liner bears a 1938 date on the aluminum frame. The chinstrap is from a manufacturer who is known as having Luftwaffe contracts. The strap also bears the “L.B.A.” Luftwaffe property mark. I dislike the term “Normandy Camo” but I am using it here. This is a nice Normandy camo. ON HOLD

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Item 727 M18 Rework single decal army Helmet

This one has stunning paint and an early Methner & Berger army decal with grey detail lines. The wartime steel framed liner shows moderate wear but is fully intact and sound. The chinstrap is an original that has brown dye on it; indicating it was used by the Norwegians in the post-war era (1940s-1960s) and added to this helmet by a collector in recent years.  She makes a lovely example. $985.00

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Item 723 M35 Double decal Luftwaffe Helmet

This is an ET60 helmet with 97% of it’s original paint and the decals rate at about 90%. The finish of the helmet is in great shape with even coloring and little effects of handling wear and patina. The size 53 liner appears nearly unworn. The original drawstring is present. The liner frame is dated 1938. The chinstrap is an original but is likely been replaced onto this helmet. A wonderful example; if a bit on the small size. $2000.00

 

 

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Formal studio portarait of Oberfeldwebel Johann Schwerdfeger, a pre-war professional soldier, probably created in connection with his award of the Eichenlaub zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross), received in 14 May 1944 when he served as a Zugführer (platoon leader) in the 1.Kompanie / I.Bataillon / Jäger-Regiment 228 / 101.Jäger-Division. Schwerdfeger soldiered from 1935 to 1937 in Infanterie-Regiment 84, and in 1939 was transferred to the third company of Infanterie-Regiment 186 of the 73. Infanterie-Division, at the Polish Campaign’s start. In June 1942, after serving in Jägerersatzbataillon 75, Schwerdfeger joined Jäger-Regiment 228 of the 101. Jäger-Division, who fought in the Don Bend, at Rostov, and at Maikop, in the Caucasus, and joined the retreat through the Kuban and the Taman Peninsula. On 17 May 1943 Schwerdfeger was awarded the Ritterkreuz (Knight’s Cross) for his extraordinary bravery in the battlefield. In April 1944, in the breakout from Hube’s Pocket, he was severely wounded, and was awarded the Eichenlaub for his Ritterkreuz; moreover, Sergeant Schwerdfeger also earned two Panzervernichtungsabzeichen (tank destruction badges), meaning that he singlehandedly destroyed two enemy tanks with hand-held weapon. Schwerdfeger was able to recover from his wounds sustained in Hube’s Pocket and served the remainder of the war. He passed away in December 2015. The novel, “The Willing Flesh”, by veteran Willi Heinrich, and the famous World War II movie “Cross of Iron” (based on the novel), is generally recognised as being loosely based on Schwerdfeger’s experiences as an NCO in Jäger-Regiment 228 in the course of that unit’s retreat through the Kuban and Taman Peninsula in the late stages of the war. 

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