22 November 2015, New Price Updates on Great Heer and Luft Helmets and more!
Stone Mint Luft M42
This helmet is a frosty mint condition NS size 66 Luft in 99+% condition. I believe it is nearly impossible to upgrade. Wuppertal marked chinstrap
and all the other components are just marvelous. This one deserves an honored spot in any Luft collection.
Price, including my COA, is 1650 USD.
Combat Worn Waffen-SS M42
This ckl64 M42 is right in the 2xxx batch number range for the ET style SS runic shield. The finish and decal are untouched but show the kind of removal
I associate with repeated whitewash removal with the changes of the combat seasons. The runic shield is very worn, but the main components still remain; proper background, border and runes pigment remaining, and remnants of the
factory lacquer are present at intervals around the border. The helmet comes from a long time closet collection and is unaltered since the war.
Price, including my COA, is 4K USD.
Interesting Q DD M35 SS Relic Helmet
This relic specimen was obtained from the consignor from a source who dug it in one of the battlefields in Russia. I have carefully examined it and find it to be an authentic relic of an original SS helmet.
I believe it to be a circa 1939 version with the darker Quist paint of that time period. The decals are present as are the remnants of the liner and strap. The helmet looks like it was buried in a bunker in order for it to survive with this much finish intact.
A nice, historic relic piece for a combat display.
Price is 1500 USD.
Depot Refurbished FJ Helmet
The consignor, a seasoned collector, reports the following: "this helmet is a WWII period --- Depot reissue Luftwaffe M38 single decal camo helmet with vented
spanner bolts. The camo was done with dabs of light brown paint over the factory finish giving it a very subtle appearance. Excellent decal,
liner and straps. ET68 shell with modified size 59/71 liner. The liner band being reduced in size at the rear of the band between the rear spanner bolts.
An additional piece of rubber pad was contoured and installed at the front of the helmet to provide additional cushioning need because of
the reduced space between liner and shell. This type of work was done in repair/refit depots near the end of the war when nothing could be
wasted. In this case, they needed size 71 helmets but had only size 68 shells." He also reports the helmet was a walk in at a Reno gun show a year or so ago.
Price, is 7K USD.
Beautiful Heer Q66 1937 DD M35 Sawdust Camo
This is a superb example of a Heer Sawdust Camo, that survived the war in exceptional condition. The 1937 dated single ply
liner is in minty condition and named. The strap, according to KenN who I showed it to, is a correct wartime replacement (the 44 is not the date, but a factory number according to its positioning, reports Ken).
The Quist pattern bigfoot Heer eagle is nearly 100%. Opposite, under the sawdust paint, is a full national colors shield. All in all this is a top shelf stunner, and deserves an honored spot in a nice Heer collection.
Price, including my COA, is HOLD 3700 USD.
Heer M18 SD Transitional Size 68
Beautiful M18 Heer Transitional, outfitted in the M40 configuration. The finish and appropriate grey lined eagle are near-perfect on this piece, which
overall is a superb collecible.
Price, including my COA, is New Price 1750 USD.
Heer M18 SD Transitional Si62
Rare and beautiful Si62 Heer Transitional, outfitted in the M40 configuration. The finish and decal are excellent on this piece, which
displays extremely well.
Price, including my COA, is New Price 1550 USD.
Heer M40 SD EF64 Single D
This is a very crisp example of an EF64 reissue helmet that has minty paint, decal and liner.
A top shelf example!
Price, including my COA, is New Price 1475 USD.
Luftwaffe M40 SD Q62 batch nr T770
Very nice example of an iconic Luft M40. The finish and decal are excellent on this piece, which is another that
displays extremely well.
Price, including my COA, is SOLD 1750 USD.
Heer M42 SD CKL64 batch nr 2732
This ckl64 helmet is size marked in the back. The paint of the shell
rates at 97% and the decal shows very fine detail remaining 97% intact.
The wartime steel liner band is dated 1943. The helmet shell has a nice
mid-war type ET/Ckl acceptance stamp inside the done. Well named on the rear rim. Chinstrap is missing on this example.
A nice example!
Price, including my COA, is New Price 1475 USD.
Heer M18 SD Transitional 62
Here is a decent M18 re-issue helmet with a very nice 98% intact Heuber-Jordan re-issue decal. The paint rates at 98% and shows very nice texture.
The texture and color have not been effected very much by handling wear/patina.
The liner is dark brown and is intact with the original drawstring. Chinstrap is missing on this example.
Price, including my COA, is New Price 1475 USD.
Chickenwire Camo ET64 Heer M42 Helmet
This is a beautiful example of an original wire camo Heer helmet, stamped ET64 on the side and having a 57 size samped
liner. Paint, liner and strap are all in excellent condition, showing only gentle patina. The ET schiefergrau finish is excellent and shows the correct expected patina
found in association with original period installed chickenwire. Overall this helmet beats any wire example I've seen. Seller reports he got this helmet from Ken N. Price, including my COA, is 4800 USD.
Heer Transitional "Kinder" Helmet
This minty example of a child's Heer Transitional helmet displays the early Nazi period Heer helmet configuration, including the finish and decals,
in an excellent manner. Most helmet collections are missing one of these and this one is a high condition top shelf example.
Price, including my COA, is New Price 1475 USD.
Superb, Rare 502nd PIR M-1C helmet Helmet
For sale is a very rare and desirable example of an original 502 Airborne helmet in outstanding condition. The consignor, a respected and advanced
collector of WWII helmets, reports that he obtained this helmet from an advanced French collection and has had it a number of years. He also had the helmet evaluated by known experts who gave it
excellent reviews. The components are all 'laundry numbered' with the original wearer's initial 'M' and last four digits of his serial number. It is possible to locate a private in the 502 whose last name started with
'M' and was assigned to third battalion and then to HQ. This transfer sequence is visible on the liner and steel pot, where it is logical (and therefore practical to the soldier) to only have to overpaint the heart
on the steel pot; but less necessary to change the liner markings right away. The rendering of the overpaint and re-application of the outside hearts is forensically perfect, with the expected crackling on top of the covered heart where
OD green paint covers those exposed edges. There also appears to have been a quick coat of lacquer thrown over the top of the hearts to make them shiny, possibly during headquarters assignment after the shooting stopped.
The components are perfect: correct 1944 swivel bail front seam steel pot with most of its paint; fine Westinghouse M1-C liner with original untouched sweatband, web chincup, and leather chinstrap. The A straps are correctly factory installed and the proper web and color.
The steel pot chinstraps are the correct 11 row web. All parts of this helmet fall together beautifully. Consignor will consider partial trade for nice size Heer M40 chickenwire camo helmet. Price including my COA is NEW PRICE 8.2k USD.
Heer M40 SD ET64 batch nr 1239
The seller reports this helmet was found on the beach at Dieppe in France 1944. Dieppe is also the city where the Germans
won a major victory against the Allies 1942 when they tried to make holes in the Atlantic wall of the Germans. But instead, the Allies lost almost 60% of the men who landed on the beach.
On the liner is the inscription from the RAF pilot who found the helmet himself. Here is what can be read from the inscription:
"The helmet was picked up on the beath near Dieppe "France" 8 of Juni 1944 by Kane Mh......
RAF Pilot, shot down on the 7 June 1944"
A nice and very interesting M40!
Price, including my COA, is SOLD 1750 USD.
Heer M16 SD Transitional BF64
Here is a very good example of an early reissue Heer transitional of the shell maker BF64. The schiefergrau finish shows wear but is mostly intact.
The Heer adler shield is minimally worn and displays very well. One can see the chinstrap bales have been removed and welded over during the reissue process. The liner is an M40 configured component. The
chinstrap is missing on this example. Overall a very nice condition helmet of a rarer shell type.
Price, including my COA, is New Price 900 USD.
M35 Reissue Single Decal Heer
This is a nice example of an earlier re-issue helmet.
The shell is a size 64 but the maker mark is obscured by the over-paint. It appears to be an ET shell, by its shape and rivet characteristics. The Schiefergrau is in the high 90s percentile.
The decal is a standard re-issue type grey-lined, in excellent condition and showing nice detail.
The liner is framed with a non-re-inforced aluminum band which indicates
it to be of 1938 or earlier date but the maker mark/date on the band is difficult to discern-it is likely a 1937 make.
The leather is in nice shape and shows honest wear. The chinstrap appears to be original
to the helmet and has aluminum hardware but no maker mark.
There are two small hairline cracks in the shell at the rear (see pics) one of
them cannot even be seen from the outside and the other is faint. The helmet may have received these cracks during service and prior to its reissue.
There are initials written onto the leather of the liner and the Germanic surname "Jansohn". Overall a top-shelf helmet.
Price, including my COA, is New Price 1700 USD.
Luftwaffe M40 SD Q64 batch nr DN151
One of the iconic WWII helmets is the Luftwaffe M40. This example is a Q64 single decal, with rough texture blue-grey finish and a 99% Luft eagle. The
The paint shows a light patina, just enough to give it a suggestion of its age. The liner is light golden brown and overall in very good shape. The chinstrap is missing on this example.
Price, including my COA, is New Price 1550 USD.
Rare, Early Luftwaffe M35 DD ET66 batch nr 2919
This early ET Luftwaffe helmet is a fairly rare example of an M35 helmet produced by ET, with a 1936 dated liner band and a super low et steel lot or batch number.
The decals and finish are strong considering its use from the earliest times of the Reich, as are the liner and strap. A highly collectible example indeed. Price, including my COA, is SOLD USD.
Heer M42 SD EF66 batch nr 4630
A nice condition large size M42 single decal. The shell is stamped EF66 and batch number 4630. This is a nice condition helmet overall, showing minimal signs of age and wear.
The chinstrap is original but not to this helmet. This is an excellent and highly collectible example of an M42 single decal army helmet. Price, including my COA, is New Price 1950 USD.
Luftwaffe M42 SD NS66 batch nr D315
This helmet features a strong 97% of the rough textured Luft blue- grey paint. There are just some scuffs and a bit of white paint at the top. The adler is a very strong 99%.
The size stamped 59 liner with drawstring looks like it has never been on a head, it is lily white. There is a clear oval ink stamp on the dome The side of the interior of the shell has the maker and shell size. This is NS 66 (for Nickelwerke Schwerte). This gem also has it's original chinstrap, which is short a few inches on one end. You will look long and hard to find a better example!
And you can find the decal in Ken Niewiarowicz new book "Germany's Combat Helmets 1933-1945"
Price, including my COA, is New Price 1675 USD.
Luftwaffe M35 DD Q60 batch nr 829
this beautiful helmet is nearly mint. the interior is stamped with a 38 dome stamp.
it is also underneath the liner stamped 1653N, however the best part it is marked to the first flak regiment 61.
the helmet is a Q60 batch # 829. both decals are 100% and the paint i would rate at 99% the helmet is small
but the conition is spectacular and merits a place in a mint helmet collector's collection. The chinstrap is missing on this example.
price including my COA, is SOLD4500 USD.
Very Sweet Heer M40 SD ET64 batch nr 80
Here is a very nice, top shelf example of a straight, early ET M40, size 64 shell. Paint, and decal are just beautiful on this one. Liner is an aluminum 2 ply M35 style but by its appearance
in this helmet indicates the 80 batch number is early enough to have a mixture of components. Price, including my COA, is SOLD 1975 USD.
Excellent M35/40 KM Helmet
Here is an excellent example of a fairly rare KM helmet, exactly in the same configuration as described by my friend
KenN on pp. 98-99 of his excellent reference on German Helmets. This piece is an SE M35 size 62 shell in the 48xx batch series; finished and outfitted in exactly the M40 configuration. The eagle is a classic
ET KM example. The helmet shows overall light use with some nice age toning patina. Just a nice untouched and scarce example. Price, including my COA, is 3k USD.
Nice WWII US second lieutenant's Helmet
This is another crisp helmet out of the Bob H collection, featuring a plain infantry second lieutenant's helmet of WWII. The liner and pot bear the second lieutenant rank (as pictured), with a nicely named completely matching liner (I think the liner strap may have been replaced at some point);
with super paint remaining in and out. There is a faint other surname inside the steel pot, but I assess the liner and pot are nonetheless a period match. My price, including COA, is New Price 550 USD.
US WWII "Go Devils" Helmet
This excellent, original piece, which I had the pleasure of handling previously, originated from a California Veteran's estate, to an advanced Canadian collector, to an advanced US collector.
It currently resides in an Eastern European collection, and the seller is motivated to let it go for a very reasonable price. This is therefore a nice deal for a new owner. Go Devils, the 60th Regiment (9th Infantry Division) earned their moniker from hard fighting against the Germans in N. Africa, where a German officer was known to have recorded in his diary, "Look at those Devils Go!"
Price for this superb artifact, including my COA, is SOLD 2100 USD.
WWI German First Foot Regiment Helmet
Here is a complete and original WWI M16 with all components intact and 90% finish. A period hand rendered regimental shield on the left side denotes
the first foot regiment. Price including my COA is Again Available 1400 USD.
Very interesting end of WWII 82nd Airborne Helmet
This helmet was obtained by the consignor of the other airborne helmets on this page, indirectly from
an 82nd veteran of WWII and Korea. The indirect source himself was a retired General Officer who reported that he obtained a whole grouping including jump jacket and other
items from the 82nd vet. This collector was only interested in this unique helmet so he obtained it. It consists of a fairly standard 1945 era to Korean War era jump helmet
that has the rear seam and 10-row web chinstraps in the later O.D. number 7 color. The helmet is decorated with 82nd division shields without the rocker, and was reportedly worn in the
end of WWII victory parade by the soldier. There are images in existence of helmets being worn in this configuration. This piece has a nice look to it but is all hand-finished (sprayed OD gloss paint
and hand-stenciled insignia, not decals). The chincup is not a standard Airborne type. Therefore it has a degree of subjectivity to it that I cannot independently verify one way or another. Given who the consignor is in terms of his
world reputation as a top helmet collector, there is a degree of confidence in the piece. Price including my COA is USD 2500.
Heer DD M35 Helmet
This is an outstanding example of an SE64 Heer DD M35, circa 1937. The components are dated 1937, but the dome stamp is invisible under some slight patina.
The finish is about 92% overall with just some slight scuffs to the otherwise full excellent factory feldgrau finish. The decals are in overall 96% with a couple of nicks to the Heer adler. The liner and strap
are very minty and nice, not dry rotted or any detractors. This is a solid example that would be a fine addition to any helmet collection. Price including my COA is SOLD USD.
Superb, rare 506th PIR M-1C Paratrooper Helmet
This super rare original 2/506th PIR paratrooper helmet comes from a world famous collector who was close personal friends with Dick Winters. This collector's level of professionalism
in helmet collecting led him to acquire many of these fine specimens over the decades. This one is a one-look later '44 example, consisting of a front-seam shell with most of its finish and decorated
with the famous 506th Spade. The steel pot straps have the proper 11-row cotton webbing and the paratrooper liner extenders with snaps. The shell is adorned with a popular wide-weave non-issue net that paratroopers favored.
The liner is a classic Westinghouse M1-C with earlier OD #3 web chincup and hallmark large green painted buckles. These same type of buckles were recovered by an archeological dig on the site of 1Lt. Meehan's crash during the night
of June 5/6 1944. Many collectors categorize these buckles as later, but the archeological evidence points to a mid-1944 appearance of these. All in all a helmet of the M1-C configuration that is probably impossible to upgrade both in condition and
popularity as a US WWII paratrooper collectible. These are the owner's photos; I have inspected this helmet in hand recently and find no flaws whatsoever. Price including my COA is SOLD USD.
Phenomenally rare 82nd Airborne Helmet
This is another helmet from the same distinguished collection as the 506th above. This is an actual helmet from the 2nd Battalion, 508th PIR,
and is featured in the book "Heroes in our Midst". The lightning bolts are one look period applied and even show a period edging of the bolts to sharpen them up, done in OD green. This is an hisoric
and very rare helmet, offered as a once in a lifetime collectible for the US para aficionados. Price including my COA is SOLD USD.
Commercial Transitional "Himmler" Style Helmet
This interesting example of a Himmler style helmet is fresh from Germany and untouched. It is outfitted with the first style
three pad liner design, and a rather Austrian looking chinstrap in plain brown leather finish. The helmet is finished in grey, reminsicent of the Reichswehr color found on
many early SS-RZM and commercial M-18 style helmets. Interesting original piece for the eclectic transitional collector. Price including my COA is New Price 1050 USD.
Old Wooden German Helmet Dye
Here is an interesting item that should be of interest to the helmet collecting field. It is a recent woodwork find and appears old and
to possess markings (58, etc) that indicate it is some kind of template either for crimping or perhaps painting M35 style helmets. The seller does not have any specific history to report
on the piece, but its appearance and construction indicate it is likely a purpose built dye used in period helmet production. Price including my COA is 1200 USD.
Transitional "M18 Style" SS Helmet
This is a very nice example of a scarce SS helmet type, which can be seen in the gunmetal color in my 'Featured Helmets' section. These were some of the first
SS helmets contracted, and represent the fairly high standard of workmanship exhibited by some of the commercial producers at the time. There are double decal versions of these helmets in one or two
very advanced collections. Price including COA is New Price SOLD USD
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-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 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.
Excellent M34 Police Helmet
This police M34 bears decals that are in the SS configuration. This is a scarcer arrangement for these decals and may indicate einsatzkommando use.
The liner is a size 55, the chinstrap is very nice and the finish retains a high degree of its original matte quality. Price including my COA is 2K USD
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 SOLD 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 SOLD 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 SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.