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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.  

 

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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 780 USD.  

 

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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 HOLD 2100 USD.  

 

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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. Price including my COA is 10k USD.  

 

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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 1425 USD.  

 

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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 Contact me for price and other information..  

 

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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 HOLD4350 USD.  

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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.  

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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.  

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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.  

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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.  

 

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M34 Polizei Helmet

This is a great example of an M34 Medium Duty Polizei helmet, as worn by the Einsatzgruppen and schutzmannschaften formations. The decals are in typical police configuration, with the swastika shield on the right and the police shield on the left. The liner is size marked 55. All components are untouched original and this comes out of the woodwork in New York. Price including my COA is New Price 1450 USD.

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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  

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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.  

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Austrian Pre-Anschluss Border Police helmet

Excellent example of a very rare helmet with all components untouched and original to the piece. Price including my COA is SOLD USD.

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Double Decal Heer Transitional Helmet

This transitional is a very unique blend of the earlier style three-pad liner and a riveted two buckle chinstrap that is reminiscent of the M1916 system. This helmet's finish and components date from the mid-1930s. Price including COA is SOLD 950 USD

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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

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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 SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.  

 

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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.  

 

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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.  

 

 

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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 SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.  

 

 

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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 SOLD USD it includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"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%. HOLD USD 2K  

 

 

 

 

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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.  

 

 

 

 

 

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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 SOLD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.  

 

 

 

 

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