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The following pages contain excellent examples of original SS and Wehrmacht helmets from advanced collections. The quality and originality speak for themselves. Contact: kellyhicks@hotmail.com

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Factory Issue Q64 Waffen-SS M35 Helmet . Here is a helmet that doesn't come along very often; a factory Quist SS double decal M35. This one is a 1939 production with a classic narrow pattern Q decal and the darker hue of feldgrau that is so common to this time period of quist production. The party shield shows the darker red and overall symmetry that Q pattern decals embody. The factory glue and lacquer show gentle crazing from exposure to the elements and age. The liner is strong, shows medium use, and is untouched. The strap is also an untouched period component that shows evidence of wartime replacement. That situation is common with chinstraps helmets that show any use (they were 'expendable durables', which means easily replaced when worn from use and from being hung on web gear and vehicles like the Germans did commonly). The liner is named (Sibla) and can be researched. We all know how important the research can be sometimes, leading to very interesting discoveries as to the wartime owner. I have handled many ET helmets for every Q that I see, so they definitely exist in smaller numbers. All in all a solid, handsome example of this classic helmet. Sale includes my certificate of lifetiime guarantee of authenticity. 18.5K USD



Q64 Waffen-SS M35 Helmet . This superb helmet is a factory Quist M35 with that thin milky early field grey repaint often seen on these helmets, along with beautiful CA Pocher decals placed atop the Q pattern ones. Quist helmets have a particular charm in their shape, both in the 66 and 64 shell sizes, in my opinion. This helmet, belonging to an advanced SS helmet collector, has become available on a short notice basis. The liner is untouched, intact but in dry condition from storage. The chinstrap is complete, produced by Kampmann and dated 1939. The name R. Lesch SS Oscha appears in the liner. The seller is digging out the National Archives research file on this SS NCO. Don't pass up one of the nicest early war Waffen SS helmets you can find at the moment. Sale includes my certificate of lifetiime guarantee of authenticity. 16.5K USD



ET 62 Waffen SS M40 Helmet . This outstanding condition helmet is a quintessential example of the ET product line of early 1940. The finish is the typical greenish ET schiefergrau, with the 1940 style ET pattern runic shield which is glue and lacquer applied. The paint and decal are absolutely untouched original and in excellent condition. The size 55 marked liner leather and correct time period chinstrap were replaced in this helmet by a previous owner. My COA will reflect this. The consignor has priced this piece at 8K 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 3700 USD.  


Classic ET M35 SS-VT / Waffen SS Helmet . This is what comes to mind when I hear "ET M35", a classic pea green shell with beautiful ET high quality golden toned runic shield and commensurate thick bordered ET party shield. The shell size is 62 and has a 1938-associated steel batch number. The liner is size stamped "55." The chinstrap appears to be the original one to the helmet and the dome stamp is visible. All in all a great piece that has no flaws. The sale comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

Exceptional price for this piece, 15.9K USD





Rare and Exceptional Early, named Allgemeine-SS / SS VT Droop Bill Helmet . Many of you older collectors will remember this helmet from some of the earliest helmet publications of the 70s. I first saw this one over 25 years ago, and never forgot the cool way the Pocher runic shield was put on. This helmet has been in the custodianship of, and now consigned by, an advanced European collector for a number of years. He took the time to research the two names in it, yielding powerful results. View the pictures to see the strength of this piece. The sale comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.







Waffen-SS M42 CKL66 Combat Helmet. This is a very solid example of a CKL M42 Waffen-SS helmet in the 2xxx batch number series; well within the batch numbers normally associated with ET pattern decals on factory helmets. The finish is the typical ET Schiefergrau, with classic ET pattern SS shield. The liner and strap are complete and in nice condition. The overall size and strong condition of the paint and decal make this a very desirable piece. Price from the consignor is very reasonable for this caliber of an SS example, USD 6900 and comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.



Combat CKL M42 Waffen SS Helmet . This is a nice CKL66 M42 in the 2800 batch series. The decal is the classic ET pattern and is a one-looker. The liner is in good condition but with weakness from heavy use and age. But it's been in there forever, and is untouched. No chinstrap on this example. The sale comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

6.9K USD



ET66 M35 Double Decal--Again Available! . Collectors Note: This Helmet is featured in Ken N's excellent book. (not to worry, the deal was done for months and the seller has run into difficulty and has to sell--stuff happens, a lot.) Anyway, I don't often get the chance to offer such a nice piece of SS Steel on the site, but this is just that opportunity. Offered here is a consignment from a European collector who has had this piece tucked away in his collection for a while. The condition is essentially untouched, in excellent overall shape, with all components tight and original to the helmet. The four thousands range batch number suggests 1939 production, but the 'pea green' feldgrau finish and ET pattern decals are reminiscent of the '38 classics. Obviously both the ET and CA Pocher decal varieties were in full use during 1939, but on a slightly more slate-colored and flatter paint scheme. Overall this ET would be difficult to upgrade and would grace an advanced collection. Price NEW Excellent Price:HOLD USD and comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.






Allgemeine-SS Transitional . This helmet is a consignment piece from a world-rennowned black helmet collection. The shell is a German M16, size 66, with satin black finish and CA Pocher decals. The runic shield side has a area of patina that has undermined the runic shield a bit, removing the border area. The runes are mainly intact and show the expected CA Pocher characteristics of rune border edge proper rune tips, and proper lustre to the shield. The party shield is largely intact and quite nice. It overlays the holes from a freikorps period emblem. The liner is an M40 production and appears post war installed, but the condition is commensurate with that of the helmet and displays nicely. The chinstrap has an SS marking. The main point of this helmet from a collectibility standpoint is that the shell, paint and decals are in solid condition and are absolutely original Allgemeine-SS.




Outstanding Combat Waffen-SS M40 From the Ardennes . This excellent ET 66 M40 was acquired by the consignor from a famous and well known Ardennes area collector / historian, who reports this helmet is definitively from the Ardennes. It bears the typical 1940-41 ET Schiefergrau finish of a medium sulfite texture, and a crisp, classic ET pattern SS decal. Liner and strap are untouched original to the helmet. Sale comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

5.9K USD




Super nice Q66 M40 Waffen SS Helmet . This is a very nice condition Q that would grace any SS combat helmet collection. The finish is the typcial Quist medium texture Schiefergrau, with a classic 'Narrow Q' runic shield. The components are original and although the liner is inserted off center a few degrees from normal, the sweat wear is in the front of the liner in this configuration, which means it has not been taken out of the helmet or replaced (or touched even) since it was used and worn in the period. Therefore I can say overall condition wise and completeness-wise, it is one of the nicer condition ones of these I've handled in a while. Nice condition, big collectible size. The sale of course comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.





Waffen-SS M40 Combat Helmet . This helmet was originally sourced by a local collector whose work enables him direct access to many veteran families, and this was a direct vet acquisition. The collector who purchased it is offering it for sale. No surprises, a straight ET64 with all components untouched. The ET runic shield has a substantial scuff, hence the price, which comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.




Rare Reverse-decal Waffen-SS M40 Helmet. SS Helmet Collectors often do not have the opportunity to own one of these rare specimens. Originally a Polizei-issue helmet (shield is underneath the CA Pocher runic shield) the helmet possesses the smooth dark green feldgrau finish. Usually, foreign volunteer forces received the vast majority of M42 reverse decal helmets, but the M-35 and M40 types were seen more among the Einsatzgruppen or mobile killing squads operating in Poland, the Baltics and the Ukraine. This one is un-named as far as I can tell and while the liner date is present, it has that gentle oxydized fuzz that can obscure the date and I'm not going to bend it and clean it to see the year-- suffice it to say with a 1680 steel lot number it is about a late 1940 or earlier 1941 helmet. That puts it right in the early stages of the war in the East, right at the time of the Einsatzgruppen activities. The amount of use and wear this helmet displays is also an indicator of heavy field duty, possibly anti-partisan in nature. All components are untouched and fully original to the helmet. Full of history, these helmets are as "mainstream SS" as any other type, given the size of that force that was dedicated to the deadly mission of those units. To me, these are among the most historic of the SS wartime helmets, because they are hard evidence of the most notorious period of nazi eastward expansion; the ghettos, the einsatzgruppen, the holocaust. Price is New Price 12.3K USD and comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.



Waffen-SS Combat M-42 Helmet. This helmet is a classic example of 1943 EF production of the model 1942. The finish is the typical EF finish that has a peculiar color field grey 'Schiefergrau' and a fine to medium texture. The SS runic shield is a very complete and classic EF pattern shield. This is a size 64 shell with a 43 dated size 57 liner. The liner condition is good, but one tongue is torn and the chinstrap is broken in half but both lengths are complete including the buckle. The initials "J.J." are crudely painted in the rear skirt of the inside. Overall this is an excellent example for a combat Waffen-SS display. Priced reasonably at SOLD USD and comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.



Salty Waffen-SS 'Hard Core' Combat M-42 Helmet. This SS helmet is another EF, but a size 68 shell, with field applied Schiefergrau overpaint (which looks to have been applied over remnants of a winter whitewash due to the crackling visible in the rear area and along the sides. The decal, a classic EF pattern runic shield, is partially covered with the field repaint, along the lower left edge. The liner is present, but in near-relic condition. The helmet was a recent barn find in the Upstate NY area. Someone wrote, in very faded letters, the word 'zodiac' on the rear of the helmet. It may have seen some motorcycle duty in the '60s? All in all this is a relatively untouched woodwork helmet that's never been in a collection. Priced accordingly at SOLD 3800 USD and comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.



Unusual and Interesting Italian-SS Combat Helmet. Here is one of the few original Italian SS helmets that may actually exist. The seller reports that a number of years back, when he first showed it to me, he had gotten it from the in-laws of his cousin. The father, named Davis, had served with Patton's 3rd Army which fought prominently throughout Italy. The veteran is long since passed and the family are not aware of other details. Along with this helmet came an unrelated small grouping of items that the vet had acquired during his tour of duty. This helmet is an SE66 M35 with a three digit batch number. The liner bears a 1938 date. The finish and original double decals (what remains of them) had been overpainted in a grey scheme that is sprayed, leaving overspray on the liner. These characteristics are dead-on original period and the paint color is the expected Italian color. The insignia consist of hand-applied SS runes, spaced closely but rendered in wide style; and on the foreign configuration side (left). On the right is a standing eagle holding a swastika. The liner is marked with a three- digit code of some sort, and there is a stamp in the leather: Aufkl. Gr. 12 (a recon unit). All in all an historic and intriguing helmet for the Foreign Volunteer collector. Price is New Price 4200 USD and comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.




Waffen-SS M42 Combat Helmet. This combat example is fresh from the woodwork. The finish is the typical ET Schiefergrau, with a period removed SS shield, presumably the ET pattern. The liner and strap are untouched and tight; the strap has been up over the visor of the helmet for some time. . Price is very reasonable for an SS example, at New Price USD 1700 and comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.



Interesting Waffen-SS "GI Art" Helmet. This helmet is a vet purchase by the consignor. I have examined it in great detail and observe it to be a Q66 Waffen-SS single decal M40, that has been repainted in a paint color very closely resembling battleship grey, and decorated with hand-rendered Wehrmacht insignia as pictured. The insignia all show age crazing as does the paint. I believe it is an example of a GI art piece that was used during unit functions around the end of the war or early occupation period. I also note the lack of any names or inscriptions that might suggest American or Allied usage; leaving some question as to the function of this helmet. . The price for this intriguing piece is USD 2200 and comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.



SS-VT / Waffen-SS M35 Helmet . I first owned this helmet over 10 years ago and it has recently come available for sale. The shell is an SE St 64 M35 that was manufactured as part of a Heer procurement order, then re-badged as SS with CA Pocher decals, likely at the factory. This was often done, according to Ludwig Baer, when manufacturers needed small numbers of helmets to top up other services' orders, such as SS or Kriegsmarine. I've owned many such helmets and they are excellent pieces of history. This example bears the SE pea green feldgrau finish, which has taken on a nice waxy appearance over time. The liner and strap are original to the helmet and are tight and untouched. The liner bears the name "Richter." All in all a great example of an M35 SS helmet, with lots of character and display looks. Sale includes my certificate of lifetiime guarantee of authenticity. SOLD 16K USD





































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