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US WWII 101st Airborne Division 502nd PIR Jump Helmet
When I was at Airborne School in 1978 my stick member to the right of me was issued a WWII Infantry steel pot with an airborne liner in it, almost exactly like this one. We marveled at how things that old were still in our inventory even then! But that
was Fort Benning, where it all began 30 years earlier, so no big surpise. In fact, a couple years later, when I was a Green Beret, our 'state of the art' radios were 1944 dated OSS burst devices! But I digress.. This helmet, from a very advanced helmet collector, is a classic example of one of
the configurations of jump helmet used in WWII; a leg infantry steel pot, outfitted with a Westinghouse M-1C liner. These jumped at Normandy, as evidenced in the well-documented crash site of Lt. Meehan's stick (see the Forrest Guth book by Michel DeTrez, "The Way We Were" for pictures of the Westinghouse buckles).
This helmet has seen a lot of action. The paint is worn from the stainless steel rim, which is front-seam enclosed. The helmet shell shows some fine stress cracks in the rear, and evidence of being used for washing, cooking, etc., during the hard winter at Bastogne (the story I remember from this helmet when I first obtained it over a decade
ago was it reportedly was Bastogne-used. The 502nd Hearts are present, with fine age cracking and toning. The liner is the classic Westinghouse, with the later '44 web chincup configuration. All components are correct and fit together well in age and wear. This helmet would be a top shelf piece in any Airborne collection. Price is 10K USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
Transitional Double Decal Heer Helmet.
This is a decent example of an earlier Heer double decal transitional that is in very good condition overall. The shell is a WWI Si66 production, with very light texture schiefergrau finish and
double Heer decals and M40 liner system. The chinstrap is an earlier brown one, all intact and in my assessment is completely original to this helmet. All components are period untouched and complete. An excellent helmet for the price.
Priced at 1300 USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
Allgemeine-SS 'Himmler' Helmet, Named
This is an early example of an Allgemeine-SS helmet, circa 1933, consisting of the commercially produced style made famous by Himmler.
The helmet never was adorned with decals. The exterior shows storage wear and some rumpling to the top, with about 84% satin black finish remaining. The liner is the first model 3 pad type,
showing some dry damage and is marked and named nicely. The person this was issued to is possibly this individual (possibly, not definitive): Schulze, Wilhelm Ostubaf. 3. 6.10 48 385 Kdr.Pz.GR.22 9.44 † 2. 9.44
Hstuf. Potsdam Kdr.II./T.I.R.1 10.41 b.Albert
Ustuf. II./Sta."Germania" 9.35 This helmet is offered at a very fair price, which is NEW PRICE 1600 USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
Thick field camo M35 Double Decal Heer Helmet.
In the early years of the war it was obvious that helmets on the battlefield required camouflage in order for the soldier to have a higher rate of survival. This interesting
example is indicative of that need. It is an SE66 M35 double decal Heer with subdued schifergrau paint literally poured over it, to mask the decals and dull the finish. There are drips and runs in the paint
which indicate to me this is a field camo process, rather than any depot or other maintenance facility job. Nicely named to "Gefr. Hascher" in the liner and the skirt.
Liner and pins are tight and untouched and the strap appears to have been on this helmet, unchanged since WWII. Priced at 1285 USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
Super Nice M35 Quist Double Decal Heer Helmet.
This Heer epitomizes the 1939 production line of the Quist Heer M35. The shell is a size 66 with a size 59 liner. Liner and strap are
untouched original to the helmet. The decals are the classic Q pattern Bigfoot eagle and national colors shield. Overall light wear, with no flaws. A very nice piece!
This is a consignment from a European based collector. Priced at 5.1k USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
Heer M35 Double Decal Helmet.
This is a clean example of a DD Heer M35, fairly early ET production. The paint and decals, as well as the liner, are untouched and
very good to excellent condition overall. Shell size is 60, with liner size 53. Priced very reasonably for quick sale SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
Factory produced M35 / 40 Luftwaffe Single Decal Helmet.
This is a purpose made Quist 66 M40 helmet that was produced in early 1940 with a re-purposed M35 shell. The treatment is M40 style from top to bottom, including the factory applied Q Luft blue-grey medium texture paint and the textbook M40 suspension system.
The liner retaining rivets are smooth finish, reflecting that transition between the '35 and '40, where the factory used up remaining component parts in many instances. This is a nice example for the discriminating collector--minty to the point of retaining a small blob of the decal lacquer nearby the eagle.
Priced at 1550 USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
ET62 M35 Kriegsmarine Helmet.
This is a sharp example of an ET M35 KM helmet, with excellent bordered ET KM decal and decent National Colors shield.
The helmet lacks the liner string but is otherwise complete and untouched, with tight pins, etc. The chinstrap is original WWII but in my opinion not original to the helmet.
This is nonetheless a great helmet for KM collectors! Priced very reasonably at New Price SOLD USD it includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
Heer M35 Wire Camo.
For sale is a very nice combat condition EF 66 Single Decal Heer M35 with half-basket wire camo arrangement.
This helmet is untouched and all components are original to it. The wire is one of those that has that been on there forever look to it. If you closely observe the rust and patina
on and near the wire, it is exactly as these surfaces should look: light, consistent and not fresh. All in all this is a super combat example, and a classic EF in all its components. Very Reasonably Priced at New Price 3.1K USD it includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
Superb Luftwaffe M42 Helmet.
This near-mint beauty is an NS66 shell, with crisp, clear dome stamp and fine texture Luft blue-grey finish. The finish retains that 'frosty' look and the deccal is nearly perfect.
the liner and strap show minimal wear. This is a great helmet for any nice luft collection. Priced at SOLD 1500 USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
M35 ET66 Polizei Double Decal Helmet.
Available for sale is a solid example of an M35 ET-produced Polizei double decal in field-used condition. Paint, decals, liner and all components are in good to very good condition
showing substantial use, which for one of these might suggest anti-partisan or other combat related Polizei functions. The Polizei were all throughout the Third Reich's final solution infrastructure, from urban operations to
einsatzgruppen, to ghetto police, to SS-Polizei-Division operations. By its appearance, this would be one that could have been used in one of the latter three categories. Liner band is an early reinforced type, dated 1937. Decent size, pictures tell the rest.
Priced reasonably at HOLD 1900 USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
"Droop Bill" Allgemeine-SS Helmet With Partial Decal.
This helmet is consigned from an advanced collector and is a rough but representative example of an early Droop Bill SS Helmet.
The factory satin black paint is about 50%. The liner is very fragile, with partial chinstrap remaining. The party shield is removed, and the runic shield is about 25-30%.
M-40 Heer Camo Helmet
This is a very good example of an NS64 M40 Heer camo, with tan and brown sprayed patterns reminiscent of an Italy or southern Russia
camo scheme. The Heer eagle shield is slightly visible under the paint. All components conform with untouched originality to the helmet, with tight pins and commensurate wear overall. The name, rank and feldost number also
show all signs of age and originality to the helmet. Overall a cool piece that will make a great combat display in any collection. Priced at New Price 2200 USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
M-35 Double Decal Luft Helmet
Large Size Q68 in very good complete condition with medium wear and age overall. The suspension is untouched with tight rivets with all washers,
Aluminum reinforced liner band with supple undamaged leather liner and full length chinstrap set. This is a nice, named example, priced at New Price 2000 USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
M-42 Combat Heer
This is a very nice condition Battle worn M-42 Heer Single Decal ET62 batch number 1575.
The Field Gray combat paint has a hint of grit texture but is pretty smooth overall. The paint shows light wear with several smaller areas of bare, toned metal as seen in the pictures. The top of the dome is still covered leading me to surmise the worn spots are from repeated contact when the soldier carried his helmet slung in his preferred spot among his gear.
The liner is still light color; fairly soft and flexible, showing only minor normal signs of daily combat use. It still has the string, which looks like it belongs on this helmet as well.
The Leather chinstrap is in the same well used condition and shows wear and age commensurate with the helmet. It very likely original to the helmet. This helmet is priced at New Price 1200 USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
M-35 Field Repaint
For sale is an excellent condition field repaint SE60 M35 with a 1937 dated liner band, original factory installed liner, with some of the reissue paint globbed onto it. The
strap assembly appears to be a later war replacement set (possibly done at the time of the repaint). A great looking helmet for the combat collector priced at New Price USD 1600 and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
M-35 Sicily Capture Heer Camo Helmet
The camo helmet and accompanying items pictured came among the estate of a US Army Veteran in 1990.
There are German items obviously torn off of uniforms, German pictures some US Insignias and medals. The helmet consists of an ET64 M40 with ET factory finish and a tan / green camo finish. The liner and strap are
untouched original to the piece, and some of the interior tan camo is visible on the strap itself, denoting the untouched nature--these components have always been together. The collector who got the grouping from the
vet estate was handed everything wrapped up in the US Army wool shirt. The collector was told by the relative that this helmet was acquired by the vet on the battlefield on July 13 1943 by the Acate River Bridge. (about 3 KM Inland
from the beach/coast), after overcoming resistance from emplacements left to defend that bridge. Everything the vet kept as souvenirs of his time in WWII--extra patches, shoulder boards, medals, miscellaneous German pictures was thrown into the pile,
and creates an interesting account of his time at the front. This is a nice, historic vet grouping for New Price 2500 USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.