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.
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.
M16 helmet Sizes available
Helmet size 64 (liner size 56-58) $400.00 AVAILABLE
Helmet size 66 (liner size 58-60) $400.00 AVAILABLE
Helmet size 68 (liner size 61-62) $575.00 SOLD OUT
M18 helmets sizes available
M18s are occasionally available and when/if they are, they will be listed individually below
Restored helmet #313 M16 ET66
This is an original ET66 helmet shell. It has NOT been repainted. It retains 90% of it’s original paint. I simply completed it with European made liner and chinstrap components. We could call this one a partially restored original. SOLD
Restored helmet #310 M16 TJ68 Camouflage
This is an original TJ68 helmet shell. The largest and rarest size shell made during WW1; these size 68 shells account for about 1 in 150 helmets. I did not restore this one. Whoever did, stripped it and painted a fairly good representation of the 3 color camouflage pattern with black separation lines as ordered by Ludendorf for the spring 1918 offensive. The liner is an asian made reproduction which frankly, is not as good as the ones made in Prague. But this helmet will fit the biggest of re-enacting heads. I wear a size 7 3/4 and it fits me like a glove. A true whopper $595.00
Restored helmet #299 M18 TJ66
This is an original size 66 M18 shell manufactured by TJ (C. Thiel & Sohne, Lubeck). The helmet has been restored to M1918 configuration. It was stripped; repainted and finished with European made reproduction parts. SOLD
Restored helmet #298 M18 Si66
This is an original size 66 M18 shell manufactured by Si (Eisenhuttenwerk Schlesien). The helmet has been restored to M1918 configuration. It was stripped; repainted and finished with European made reproduction parts. $475.00
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