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Item 885 M35 Double decal schutzpolezei helmet

This is an ET M35 Police helmet from the 1937 contract. ( The acceptance stamp inside the dome is not clear but it is assumed to be 1937 as the lot number corresponds to 1937 production and the aluminum liner frame is dated 1937). The paint remain 95% intact. The Police eagle decal is typically found on the vast majority of ETs police helmet through-out the 30s. The liner leather remains in excellent condition although missing the drawstring. The chinstrap is original to this helmet and is dated 1938. (a typical example of a strap being dated a year newer as helmets were not supplied with chinstraps when delivered from the factory to the unit but added after they were issued to the particular soldier. Overall very nice. $3250.00

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Item 884 M40 single decal army helmet

This helmet was sourced in mid-Michigan about 10 years ago and has only been in one collection since. It is a great EF66 M40 which has an ET style eagle decal. EF appears to have had myriad problem with supply and consistency in decals through-out it’s production run 1937-43. Model 40 helmets are found with three different decals; of which this is the most typical. There are some scuffs on the top of the dome but the helmet retains 95%+ of it’s original paint and retains an excellent matte quality. The liner shows moderate wear but is completely intact and sound. The chinstrap is original to the helmet. The drawstring is a leather cord but was in the liner at the time it was found. A very attractive and honest example. $1900.00

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Item 883 M16 Imperial German combat helmet

This is an early production M16 manufactured by F.W. Quist. 1916 produced Quist helmets are known for the round appearance of the shell and the lighter color feldgrau paint applied at the factory. This example retains excellent color, not being effeceted by collector handling and patina. It has been effected by a splotch of something spilt on the top of the shell and left there for ages. The Leather framed M16 liner rettains all three pads which are soundly affixed and have no pull-throughs in the drawstring holes. The original chinstrap is present and is the one which has been with this helmet for over 100 years. (the helmet was sourced out of the woodwork in Richmond VA last month) There is one oddity; the thick-head split-pin which is normally instaled at the rear of the helmet was mistakenly installed at the front right. The pins have no signs of post 1916 manipulation so I believe this is an original factory error. Overall a helmet in very uncommon condition. $950.00

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Item 882 M40 Single decal Luftwaffe camouflage helmet

This is a very decent 3 color spray camo applied over a Q68 single decal Luftwaffe helmet of 1940 vintage. The camouflage paint shows moderate even wear and remains 85-90% intact. The liner frame is 1939 dated aluminum reinforced. The decal is nicely sprayed over but no so thickly that it is completely obscured. The leather of the liner shows moderate wear. No dome stamp has been applied which is quite common for M40 helmets made by Quist. ON HOLD

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Item 881 M40 Single decal army helmet

I got this on a trip to Europe last month. I believe it had recently been sourced out of the woodwork. It’s not Mint but it is one of the most honest and well-balanced helmets I have seen in a while. The EF66 shell has a very nice early pattern HJK decal which was EFs mainstay insignia for this period. Everything appears untouched. The chinstrap is a Wilhelm Ellers dated 1941. The whole thing reeks of charm. $1900.00

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Item 880 M35 Double decal army helmet.

A king sized helmet shell made by EF in 1939. The Emaillewerk plant at Fulda was the last of the 5 factories to come on board with M35 helmet production in 1937. During the first two years they used a mixture of borrowed insignias but in 1939 they seemed to settle on their own “house” decal; being this design similar to the August Juttner/ET pattern noted for it’s thicker detail lines.The paint of this size 68 helmet shell remains 97% intact while the decal rate in the upper 90s as well. The reinforced aluminum liner frame is dated 1938 while the acceptance stamp is dated 1939. The chinstrap appears by all indications to be original to this helmet and is definitely in matching condition however the date is 1937. Normally the chinstrap should bear the most recent date as straps were not attached to helmets until after they were issued. Any explanation I could give for the prior date of this strap would be mere conjecture. However it completes this top-shelf helmet very well.  SOLD

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Item 879 M1918 Austrian Krupp/Berndorf helmet

One of the most seldom encountered of all production helmets. This is the so-called “second model Berndorf” helmet. Manufactured by the Krupp plant at Berndorf Austria; A pleasant town just southwest of Vienna which lent it’s name to the famous variant helmets produced during WW1.  It is believed that none of these helmets were issued to units that fought on the western Front nor were supplied to any German units; hence the only way they could have gotten to the US would be via the Italian front where a limited number of US servicemen served in various capacities. This example retains 85% of it’s original brown finish. The liner has all three ads remaining intact and firmly attached to the metal liner frame. The cloth chinstrap is soundly affixed at both ends. The helmet is marked with the Berndorf Bear and shell size 64 (the only size in which these helmets were produced). Overall a decent example of a rare helmet. SOLD

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Item 878 M44 single decal army helmet

This big guy took a decent hit to the upper front left side which caused a noticeable dent. The shell is an SE68 with 95% original finish, 90% eagle decal (which is a textbook ET variant almost exclusively used by SE during this period). The liner is in fine condition with only moderate signs of wear/use. The chinstrap is a non-standard variant which is permanently affixed by rivets at the bales. Although not the standard type; I believe this strap is original to the helmet. The rim of the helmet at wearers front right is bent inward slightly. Overall a decent example which looks great on the shelf in spite of the minor damage. SOLD

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Item 877 M1940 tropical pith helmet

As pit helmets go; this is a rare one. The body is made from woven wicker rather than the more commony found pressed cork. I profiled this helmet type on page 70 of my 2009 book “Germany’s combat helmets”. It is maker marked “ORL” which seems to be the only manufacturer who produced these wicker body helmets on a limited basis. The wicker body is much more resilient and resistant to crushing than is the cork body and thus the shape of this helmet remains perfect and well formed. The shielda are original to the helmet. The leather trim is in fine condition and the sweatband is sound with only minor flaking at the edge. Buy this pith helmet and you will never need another one. SOLD

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Item 859 M35 double decal Luftwaffe helmet

Here is an SE68 Double decal Luftwaffe helmet with a 61 sized liner. The helmet has a light shade of Luftwaffe blue/grey. The exterior has taken a couple of scuffs which are evident on the upper part of the dome. The eagle decal is the “dot-less” version of the ET/Q style which was most prevalently seen in late 1939 through 1940. The eagle decal shows a defined laquer line while the national color shield shows none. The massive 61 sized liner shows very little wear and is contained in a 1939 dated aluminum liner frame. The 45xx lot number indicates late 1939 production. The chinstrap is L.B.A. marked but I cannot make out the date at the tip. $2150.00

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Item 876 M40 Luftwaffe helmet

This Q66 M40 Luftwaffe shows almost no actual wear. It was either un-issued or else it remained in the soldiers locker while he type out reports(?)… The blue-grey paint remains 99% intact and retains a very good matte quality; not having been effected by patina or handling wear. The eagle decal is a textbook wartime Quist pattern and likewise remains 99% intact. The liner is a bit dry from post war storage but appears nearly unworn. The chinstrap bears a nice 1940 date. One of the air-vents has a partial dangling chad; meaning the punch did not neatly cut the hole through the shell. This helmet has great shelf-appeal. SOLD

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Item 875 M35 double decal Luftwaffe helmet

This M35 Luftwaffe helmet is an early factory rework. Normally I do not subscribe to the use of the term “factory rework” but a number of M35 Luftwaffe helmets (of various makers) have turned up over the years which are of the same characteristics as this one. The shells are always M35s and appear to have been stripped of whatever paint had originally been applied. All have aluminum liners with dates 1938-39 that appear to have been replaced into the helmet after painting but often have paint sprayed onto the liner frame as ths one does. The paint is always this particular shade which is more grey than the typical factory finishes of the various manufacturers and most importantly, they all bear the Gustave Peiniger eagle which is particular for its crude appearance and heavy black border line in conjunction with lighter than normal detail lines. (This decal is described in detail on pages 365-366 of my book “The helmet decals of the Third Reich”) The national color shield is always found to be the round bottom type which is believed; by association, to be a product of the Peiniger company. It is not known where the refurbishment of these helmets was done but do to the exact-ness of the work, it is believed to be a major facility. This particular example retains 99% of it’s paint while the decals rate at 95%+. The liner shows only light wear. The Luftwaffe brown chinstrap is broken off on the long strap. Overall this is a fascinating and rare variant helmet which is in  top-shelf condition. $3000.00

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Item 874 M42 Combat police helmet

This is an EF64 Combat police helmet in medium condition with 90% paint and decals which rate at 75-80%. The police shield and slightly elongated party shield are the typical EF “House decals” used on police helmets 1942 and later. The liner is intact and sound although the drawstring is missing. The chinstrap long end has broken short off. Overall the helmet has a “fresh from the attic” look about it. SOLD

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Item 873 M42 Single decal army helmet

Here is a medium condition M42 single decal army helmet; ET62 with 90% paint and a worn ET style eagle decal. The liner shows moderate wear and the chinstrap is broken off on the long end.  A good honest helmet priced at a figure which will not break the bank.  SOLD

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Item 872 M35 re-issued Luftwaffe helmet

This is an EF64 M35 helmet which was re-worked at least once during it’s career. Painted over in a very grey color (lmost blue) with a wartime steel framed liner installed. There is no evidence of any decals under the paint. The liner shows good use and wear but is still intact and sound. $550.00

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Item 871 M1940 Luftwaffe pith helmet

One of the rarest Pith helmets you are going to encounter. This is a first-year produced example of the M40 pith helmet manufactured by the premier sun-helmet maker; C.Pose equipment company of Berlin in 1940. Honestly for all I know, this could be the first pith helmet that the Germans made. The pressed cork body is intact with no crunched or dented spots. The canvas is in very decent shape; showing only signs of honest field wear and no storage damage. Well marked on the inside sweat band and embossed on the outer side of the leather. The brass inner frame of the air-vent is marked with the C.Pose company name. The helmet is trimmed in brown leather and the Luftwaffe service branch shields are early tombak types with sound original prongs. The size is 57. $1200.00

 

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Item 870 M1940 Army pith helmet

This is a very attractive example of the first model pith helmet in green canvas with a contrasting tan colored pugaree band around the circumference. The pressed cork body is intact with no crunched or dented spots. The canvas is in very decent shape; showing only signs of honest field wear and no storage damage. The helmet is completely unmarked but is a size 56-57. Intact leather and original shields. The tan colored band around the green canvas makes this one a real looker. SOLD

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Item 869 M35 Double decal police helmet

This is an NS64 schutzpolizei helmet from the 1938 NS contract. Helmets of this contract are known for the particular dark shade of feldgrau and are always seen with 1938 acceptance stamps inside the dome. This helmet retains almost 100% of it’s original paint. There are two different types of police eagle decals which appear on the NS 1938 police helmet; one shows an eagle which is more blurry and less defined. The second is the type which appears on this helmet; being well defined with clear characteristics. Both the eagle and the party shield rate at 99%. The liner shows only moderate wear and is framed with a reinforced 1938 dated liner band. The chinstrap bears a clear 1937 date as does the dome stamp as described above. Overall; this is one of the nicest police helmets I have ever been able to offer. SOLD

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Item 868 M35 Double decal army helmet

This is an NS 64 Double decal army helmet with standard factory applied C.A. Pocher decals as were exclusively used by the NS factory from 1936 until the end of decal application in 1943. The decals rate at 95%. This helmet is of 1938 vintage with a 1938 dated dome acceptance stamp, 1938 dated chinstrap and a 1938 dated aluminum liner frame.  The liner shows light to moderate wear. At some point prior to 1940, the helmet was “freshened” by application of a coat of feldgrau paint; very much matching the original factory coat. This was done by spray and the decals were closely masked off. The man with the spray gun was less careful with the interior as you can see over spray on the liner frame as well as the leather and buckle of the chinstrap. Overall the helmet retains a nice matte quality and is a real looker. SOLD

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Item 865 Type 90 Japanese army helmet

This is a very nice basic example of the Japanese combat helmet. It is earlier than most we see; being without the brown painted circumferential stripe found on helmets after 1941. This helmet has 90% original paint, a star which is by every indication; original to the helmet and a full-length set of canvas straps. The ink-stamp behind the front pad does not give a clear indication as to the year of manufacture But I would guess at 1940-41. The helmet is marked on the rear with the Kanji symbol indicating Large size. SOLD

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Item 865 M40 Double decal SchutzPolezei helmet

This is an SE64 Police helmet from the 1940 SE contract. The helmet retains 99% of it’s original feldgrau paint which has a great matte quality; not being made shiny by collector handling. The decals are nearly perfect with the main effect being patina rather than actual damage. The liner is a steel framed 1940 dated example whch shows moderate wear and age. The chinstrap shows every indication of being original to the helmet. It is maker marked and dated 1941. The original wearer was a Wachmeister der SchutzPolizei be the name of Heinemann. He also wrote his name in the rear skirt. This one is choice. SOLD                                    

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Item 847 Grouping comprised of an M17 Austrian helmet and US M17 helmet

**Captured on the Italian front**

This is a pair of helmets which belonged to Olof Nathanael Norberg; a Swedish-American volunteer with the US army ambulance service on the Italian front. (see below) The Austrian helmet is an M17 size 66 marked *(star) 66 which was produced by Gebruder Bohler of Kapfenberg. The paint remains 95% intact. There is a fragment of a mailing label on the front which just shows a portion of the addressees name “Anderson” (see below). The three pad lining is intact with all three pads affixed to the liner frame. The liner frame itself was produced by the Krupp factory at Berndorf; which supplied a good many of the liners for the Bohler plant. The chinstrap is the typical cloth type with grommets for the adjustment holes. The maker ink-stamp is mostly present and overall the helmet remains in fine condition; just as sent home by Norberg from the Italian-Austrian front.

The group also contains Norberg’s US M1917 helmet which he had camouflaged as a souvenir at some point after the armistice (the US army never authorized camouflage for their helmets but the soldiers very often applied it to their helmets based upon the German design; usually painted on ship-board or just after return to the states. The original period camouflage remains 99% intact. The liner and chinstrap are in excellent condition. Norberg wrote his name and unit on the chinstrap which matches that on the mailing tag which was wired to one of the chinstrap mounts inside the helmet. 

Olof Nathanael Norberg was born on 25 April 1886, in Finsvik, Västernorrland, Sweden. He immigrated to the US and settled in Ishpeming Michigan. When the US joined WW1 he was 31 years old and joined the all-volunteer United States army ambulance service which provided medical transport to Britain, France and Italy. (the most famous volunteer of this service was Ernest Hemingway who served; as Norberg did, on the Italian front). Norberg was with the M.S.T.U. (medical service transport unit) 350 which like every unit of the USAAS was comprised of 45 men, 20 Ford ambulances, 1 Ford touring car, 1 truck, and a kitchen trailer.  Norberg mailed this Austrian helmet home to his fiancée; Edna Anderson, who was living in their future marital home at 503 North 5th street in Ishpeming Michigan. (The last of the photos above is a modern photograph of the house; which is still standing)  He ended up marrying her in 1920 and they remained married until he died in 1978 at the age of 91. This pair of helmets (with the remarkable history included) is priced at $2450.00

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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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