Updated 28 June 2015...New Excellent Heer M35 DD; Super Rare US Paratrooper Helmets!
Nice Heer DD M35 Helmet; incredible US Paratrooper Helmets!
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 4350 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 HOLD 12K 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 HOLD 6600 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 1250 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.
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 1600 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 2.2K 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.
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 725 USD.
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 HOLD 950 USD
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 HOLD 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 HOLD 1285 USD and 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.
"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-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 SOLD 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.