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Restored WW1 Helmets

 

As worn by The Imperial German army 1916-1918

“German Helmets inc.” offers the finest available completely restored Model 1916 and Model 1918 German helmets.

 Original Helmet shells have been repainted in the correct grey green smooth finish. The liners, specially made by leather craftsmen in Europe are constructed of the correct grades of leather and finished to exact original specifications. The split-pins used to mount the liners are exact reproductions and include the thicker headed one at the rear.

    Each helmet comes complete with correct chinstrap

A note on sizing;

    M1916 liners being a bit more primitive than the later WW2 liners, allow for a wider size tolerance. Meaning simply, bigger heads fit into smaller helmet shell sizes than their WW2 counterparts. In each pad of the liner there is a pocket into which a padding “pillow” can be inserted. These helmets come without “pillows”.  As such, these helmets are slightly oversized. The buyer can add padding as needed. Without padding, a size 66 helmet shell can fit up to a size 7 3/4 hat-size.

A note on condition; READ THIS!!

   I am dealing with original helmet shells which are over a hundred years old. You wouldn’t imagine the types of things that have happened to some of these in the years following the great war. This on top of whatever mayhem they had to endure during the war. In short; I am saying that you should please not expect perfection as far as shell condition. I do my best to remove noticeable dents. (Oddly, the larger ones are easier to remove than smaller ones.)  I do not accept shells which are cracked by either battle damage or post-war mis-use. However sometimes pitting is a problem. I choose not to use any sort of bondo or fiberglass material. I fill in pitting (when it is present) as much as I can with the same type of paint that I use for the surface. Sometimes pitting shows through; especially inside the dome where it cannot easily be worked on. Overall my success is pretty good and most of my helmets have no issues of these sort. But there are exceptions. Again; if you seek perfection; please do not seek it here.

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This is a typical example of the M16 helmets which I have stripped and repainted. This example is a shell size 66. I generally have these available with either of two liner types which are shown below:

These photos show the helmet with the first model which was accepted for mass production in early 1916. It is composed of three leather pads sewn to a leather circumferential frame.

These photos show the helmet with the steel framed liner which was adopted by most manufacturers in 1917; often referred to as the M17 liner.

I love all of the film versions. Neither is perfect but each has something going for it.

M16 helmet Sizes available

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Helmet size 64 (liner size 56-58)     $450.00   AVAILABLE

Helmet size 66 (liner size 58-60)     $450.00   AVAILABLE

Helmet size 68 (liner size 61-62)     $650.00  NOT AVAILABLE

I have one-off type helmets listed below

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Restored helmet #428 M16 ET68

I put this in the “One-Off” section because I so rarely have one of these super large helmets, I cannot usually offer them. This is an ET68. The inside maker mark is faint but you can just see the upper part of the ‘T’ and part of a ‘6’. But the helmet measures out correctly having an exterior diameter of 69cm. The helmet shell was stripped and repainted in my special mix feldgrau paint. The liner/strap components are European made. $650.00

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Restored helmet #426 M18 W66

This is an original W66 shell. The shell is in excellent condition with no cracks/dents/rust pitting. It was stripped and repainted with my special mixed feldgrau. The M18 liner and chinstrap assembly is a European-made reproduction. A great example of a hard-to-find helmet. $475.00

 

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Restored helmet #426 M16 Berndorf, size 66

This is an original example of the extremely rare M16 Berndorf helmet shell with an original steel liner frame. The leather pads and cloth chinstrap are reproductions. The paint is new but has been slightly aged by whomever restored this helmet. The helmet shell is clean and free of dents and cracks but there is some pitting on the inside dome. The all-important Berndorf maker logo with shell size marking is clearly visible at the rear inside skirt. $1350.00

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Restored helmet #425 M18 W66

This is an original W66 shell. The shell is in excellent condition with no cracks/dents/rust pitting. It was stripped and repainted with my special mixed feldgrau. The M18 liner and chinstrap assembly is a European-made reproduction. A great example of a hard-to-find helmet. $475.00 SOLD

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Restored helmet #420 M18 Cut-out helmet ET64

This is an original ET64 M18 cut-out shell, stripped and repainted in my special-mixed feldgrau paint. This helmet shell is 100% original. It bears the steel lot number R1875N. (virtually every original M18 cut-out helmet was produced from one of two steel lot number ranges; one of them being the sequence running from R1700N to R19000N)  The shell has only very light pitting and no cracks/dents/damage. There has been no welding done nor filler added during the restoration of this helmet shell. It has been finished off with a European made reproduction M18 liner/strap assembly. At the risk of bragging, I must say that this is one of the nicest restorations I have ever done. $1200.00

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Restored helmet #424 M16 1st foot-guard helmet

This is an original M16 helmet shell manufactured by ET, with a shell size 64. The helmet has been finished off with a multi-color camouflage pattern. There is a 1st foot-guard shield on the side with red company number on the rear. (most helmets of the 1st foot guard regiment had the company numbers indicated on the helmet’s rear. The M16 style liner is an excellent copy. The helmet is convincingly aged. $450.00

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Restored helmet #423 M16 Austrian army camouflaged helmet

This is an original WW1 Austrian helmet shell, maker /size marked AW64. It has been painted in a two color camouflage pattern which is typical of Austrian helmets. The liner and strap are aged are reproductions.  The painted surface has had aging and wear simulated. $450.00

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Restored helmet #422 M16 Austrian army helmet

This is an original Austrian M16 helmet shell that was restored with new paint and reproduction liner/chinstrap. It has been convincingly aged through-out. The shell is maker marked *star* 66. (although the *star* marking is too weak to see, the ’66’ is visible). Makes a good display. $450

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Restored helmet #422 Berndorf produced Austrian M18

This is an original Austrian “Berndorf” pattern M18 helmet shell that was produced at the Krupp plant in Berndorf. The helmet was restored with new paint and reproduction liner/chinstrap. It has been convincingly aged through-out. The shell is maker marked with the iconic Berndorf-Bear marking above the size ’64” at the rear inside skirt. A rare helmet shell. $450

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Restored helmet #421 M1 camouflage helmet

This is an original M16 helmet shell manufactured marked by the maker code Si. The shell size is 66, although the markings are faint. The helmet has been finished off with a multi-color camouflage pattern. The M16 style liner is an excellent copy. The helmet is convincingly aged. $450.00

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Restored helmet #416 M16 B.F62

This is an original BF62 with new paint and an aged liner. $350.00

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Restored helmet #413 M16 G62

This is a size 62 helmet shell made by the Gnüchtel Brothers metal stamping firm in lauter, Saxony. During WW2, they were back to producing helmets using the NS maker code.  (the factory is still there, producing roofing materials. I own a house about a half hour away and have driven past it). The helmet shell has been recently painted in a nice three-color pattern with a reproduction liner and strap added. A size stencil was applied to the interior skirt as well. This one is a good-looker. $400.00

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Restored helmet #407 M18 ET64

This is an original ET64 M18 helmet restored as a three color camouflage. It has a European made reproduction M18 style steel framed liner with white chrome-tanned pads. The helmet is finished off with a reproduction M18 chinstrap which is a rarely encountered cloth variant.  $450.00

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Restored helmet #406 M18 Austrian Berndorf 64

This is an original Austrian helmet shell produced by the Krupp plant at Berndorf beginning in 1918. It is a unique model having the two forward liner connection points placed at the dead sides. The steel liner frame is unique to this model as well. It is completed with late-war canvas pads and is finished off with a replica of the Berndorf style chinstrap. The helmet has been restored by being first painted in Austrian brown and then a three-color camouflage pattern applied over it. A fairly rare helmet which has been expertly restored. $500.00

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Mailing address:

Ken Niewiarowicz
P.O.Box 582
Lapeer, MI 48446

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