I updated this listing with some better pictures and a picture of the reverse of the toe tag, which states
that the helmet was cleared by Army Intelligence to bring back as a souvenir. (Superb Battle of Okinawa provenance.) This salty but complete Japanese infantry helmet literally tells the tale of the rough, brutal conditions surrounding
the battle of Okinawa in 1945. The helmet bears the name of the Japanese soldier in Hiragana, sewn into the leather liner (Kobashigawa?) and also has stains of blood
on the chinstrap webbing. The toe tag was filled out by the GI, whose APO 180 pinpoints him to Okinawa. (The helmet shows a lot of patina, but I was stationed
on Okinawa and I can attest that the sea salt air is harsh to the point that most things corrode in a matter of days. The fact that the net is nicely intact
tells me the solder wore this helmet in this condition, during those 4 months in and out of caves and bunkers--also, his blood did not fade out from where it
spilled on the straps, the stains though old, are still dark and somewhat vivid). A great example of an historic combat helmet. Sale includes
my COA SOLD 1500 USD;
Very Nice Waffen-SS Q-64 Double Decal M-40 Helmet. This outstanding helmet is a rarely encountered SS example. Quist helmets are always in demand, and there is something about a DD M-40 that grabs collectors' attention. This helmet is a later war production Q, reflecting the June '43 positioning of the size and batch number in the rear skirt. However, with the one-look factory original Q pattern runic shield, I can see this helmet was produced before the November '43 decal prohibition (which did not take immediate effect even then). More interesting is the one-look period-applied CA Pocher party shield, reflecting a possible use by almost any SS formation, including combat (see the great picture of SS-Ostubaf Otto Skorzeny wearing a DD M40 during the capture of President Niklas Horthy garrison troops, such as Concentration Camp personnel or SS-Stabswache formations. This helmet bears an inscription: "Oscha ____" (name is illegible but could possibly be viewed under UV light). Nice overall example of a rare helmet, that would grace any collection. Purchase includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity. Priced incredibly reasonably at SOLD 11.75K USD
This helmet was in my collection for a number of years before selling it to Darryl P, who eventually sold it to Bob C, who sold it to me recently. I had featured this helmet in SS Steel because of the uniqueness of it as a commercially-produced SS VT type helmet. In Ludwig Baer's German language helmet books, he describes this color as "schwartzgrau' or grey-black. It is black in some light, and dark grey in other, presenting a unique appearance. These helmets that mimic the Himmler helmet design but with salt shaker air vents are very likely exclusive SS contract helmets similar to the Himmler, the Droop Bill, and the RZM. The decals are classic CA Pocher, and the liner is a civic-style including the dual buckle strap. The name M. Moser is Martin Moser, who was and officer in SS-TV Regiment "Thule" and later in the KTL-der SS. The helmet is in superb condition and would be a key part of any SS-TV / VT prewar grouping or display. This rare piece is priced at New price SOLD 18.8K USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
This outstanding example shows the 1940 party shield removal per orders. It is also nicely named to an SS-VT member named "Eisenschien" who was KIA in Russia in 1941. The helmet consists of a typical later 1938 / early 1939 deep pea-green field grey finish, with lustrous ET shield which is 99.9%. The liner is original untouched, and dated 1939, matching the dome stamp. The chinstrap is a well-marked Carl Tesch Berlin 1938, with the VA-SS 1938 stamp on the long portion. This is a killer piece that has been stashed away in a premier collection. I first saw it in 1993. It is priced at 13K USD HOLD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
This is a classic example of an EF M42 production double decal Polizei helmet. All components are tight and untouched original to the piece. Comes from the same collection of meticulously collected top condition pieces. Will not disappoint the most discriminating SS / Polizei collector. Priced at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
Here is an excellent example of a SchuPo M40 that is in crisp, 98% condition overall. The bordered police shield and ET style party shield are excellent and the smooth slate grey finish is minty. This helmet would grace any SS / Police helmet collection and is priced very reasonably at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
This Heer M35 is another rare piece that shows the transition between M35 and M40. In this case the batch number is 4727, which is high in the ET M35 production range. The paint is a smooth finish slate grey (schiefergrau) without any texture, but is the deep color used in some of the final M35s produced across the spectrum of makers, including ET, SE, NS and EF--with Q retaining their very matte quality to their paint, as a differentiator. The liner retaining pins are light green in hue, also reminiscent of this color scheme trend. The treatment of the application of the adler shield is typical ET. As a helmet collector, this is a prized specimen to come available. It is priced at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
The pictures speak for themselves on this beauty. The brown early style chinstrap assembly is original to this helmet, and bears the correct treatment expected in terms of stitching, trimming etc, at the factory. It is marked with a 'B' below the buckle. Superb helmet, would grace any Luft collection. Priced at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
This helmet is an out of the woodwork example of a no-decal early production Droop Bill helmet which was contracted by the SS in 1933-early 1934. The style is unmistakeable and ubiquitous in early SS photographs. Priced reasonably at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
For sale is a seldom encountered original example of an ET64 Model 1918 German helmet, refurbished and used during the inter-war and early WWII period. The helmet shows three layers of paint, the oldest being the original WWI finish, followed by the mid-1930s field grey, then finally the M-40 style schiefergrau finish of WWII. The helmet displays no decals, likely due to them being removed during refurbishment. The liner is the typical M40 style which would be expected in accompanyment with this WWII finish--although it is outfitted with a commercial style roller buckle chinstrap that is riveted in place. Ear cutouts are so commonly faked that it is refreshing to encounter an unquestioned original example such as this. The helmet is priced at HOLD 2200 USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
For sale is an M-40 Q64 helmet with Quist schiefergrau finish and 'bigfoot' Quist decal. The batch numnber is 475. The chinstrap is dated 1941 and looks orig to the piece. The helmet features a beautiful named blond liner that is not damaged and is untouched. This helmet comes from an old collection of over 35 years, and is a great example of a combat helmet showing very light use. This helmet is priced at 1550 USD SOLD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
For sale is a helmet that is rarely offered anywhere; a Luftwaffe Transitional. The helmet comes from a 40 year collection and has not been touched in any way. The multiple layers of paint and medium - heavy use denote how difficult supplies were for the German armed forces during the early stages of the re-armament period. They used and re-used everything available in the early stages. The helmet features a luft blue-grey outer finish with very good eagle and national shield. The liner and strap are the M-31 type, doubtless added during the many re-issues this helmet has seen. For the advanced luft collection. Price is SOLD USD and comes with my lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
For me, one of the most collectible M35 helmets is the EF, whether Heer, Luft or SS. They have a special look to the shell that I like, and their manufacture was quite varied and different from the big name mainstream makers (ET, Quist, SE), which I also find attractive. This helmet is no exception. The shell is an EF64, with the typical slate-colored flat finish these helmets were noted for. The Heer adler and national decals are lightly lacquered and near 100% mint. The finish is also superb, with just a few storage nicks. The liner and strap are correct EF components, with the strap dated 1939--probably the actual first year of full-up, significant EF M35 production. The rear skirt bears a name in faded ink. Given the overall condition, this piece is a must for the advanced Heer helmet collection. Priced at SOLD USD it includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
This is a very nice example of an early Q62 Luft Helmet, with 1937 dated liner and strap. The eagle is perfect, as is the paint and liner. The national colors shield suffered a degree of flaking and wear, but is also in decent shape. This example would be a fine addition to any helmet collection. Priced reasonably at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
This outstanding helmet is an SE64 M35 shell, that is completely configured as an M40. The fact that the batch number is 4848 tells me this piece was factory produced as an M40, which happened to have an M35 shell. This in my view is the quintessential mark of helmet production for the smaller services (remember, a KM helmet is much rarer than an SS helmet given how small the KM was as a service). The paint, liner, decal, strap, etc are completely original untouched, and in near-mint condition. This example would be hard to upgrade. Priced at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
Direct Veteran Family Acquired Waffen-SS M-35 Helmet, named! This excellent condtion ET66 M-35 double decal comes from the veteran family in England, whose father was a participant in the last battles of the defeat of the Third Reich as a member of the Grenadier Guards (pictures below include his portrait and he and a friend posing with some helmets they picked up). His commemorative placque is pictured here, naming the places he was stationed while in Germany during 1945-47. It doesn't get much better than this for provenance. The helmet itself displays the typical ET paint (pea green) of the late 1938-early '39 pattern (batch number is 4300 series), with classic ET pattern runic and party shields. The paint shows the beautiful browning patina that is a hallmark of originality. There is a period, German inscription in the liner, saying "Thiemann, 1943". This can obviously be researched. The liner is untouched and the rivets are tight untouched. The chinstrap is a cordovan brown color like a luftwaffe strap, but it is original to the piece and untouched as the veteran brought it back. The tip is missing from the strap, otherwise everything is complete and excellent. Here is a once in a long time chance to own a solid Waffen-SS helmet with a great history. Price, including my COA and other Veteran information is New Price SOLD USD
A helmet for all times; one of the absolute rarest, EREL Allgemeine-SS Officer's Fiber Parade Helmet in mint, untouched Veteran condition. This helmet is one of two original examples known of an early SS parade helmet. I have seen several counterfeits over the years, but never an original with CA Pocher shields (the other original I know of is the Fat Rune fiberhelm pictured in my books). This is truly an exceptional helmet, produced by the famous Third Reich headgear maker, Robert Lubstein, of the "ErEl" logo. This quality and rarity of a piece belongs in an advanced SS (Allgemeine or VT) collection. The piece came from a Veteran's son, living in the midwest, who discovered it as he was clearing out his deceased father's possessions. The helmet shows the effects of being stored carefully for 75+ years, but no abuse--only the graceful aging characteristics of vulcanfiber. Here is a chance to own a piece of SS history, on a par with any of the finest accoutrements used by SS leaders of the day. Purchase includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity. SOLD USD
This is a nice example of a recent vet-acquired M-42 Polizei helmet by a California collector. The helmet is untouched in every way, and the only flaw is the strap tip is missing. Information on the vet's unit can be provided with this sale. This helmet is priced at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
This is a crisp example of a later war issue Q No-Decal helmet with a rough texture camo job predominantly in brick-red, and with a nice hand painted SS-Uscha inscription in the skirt. This piece was purchased by the seller from KenN and has good provenance. The overall condition is excellent for a camo, but it appears the liner has been treated at some point. Taking this into consideration, this helmet is priced very reasonably at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity. Don't pass up this chance to own a great example of a Waffen-SS camo combat piece that is priced reasonably.
Allgemeine-SS Transitional Helmet This is an untouched example of an Allgemeine-SS transitional helmet that possesses all the features of that iconic period between 1934-1938 during the buildup of Himmler's SS. The helmet consists of an Austrian M-16 shell with typical early '30s "cottage industry" three-pad style liner, which is nicely marked "1 Sturm, 4 SS Nachrichtensturmbann Essen" (1 (telephone) company, 4th communications battalion Essen), which is about as cool as it gets. The CA Pocher decals are classics, and show some wear but retain their Pocher luster and beauty. Modestly priced Transitional helmet from a famous advanced collection. The seller is a famous black helmet collector known worldwide for the quality and historical significance of his one of a kind collection. He is motivated to sell this piece and get it in a good home. This new price is a superb value to any prospective collector. Price, including COA, is SOLD USD
For sale is an excellent, untouched example of an SS-M35 helmet from an old Connecticut collection. The helmet is dome dated 1938 and bears classic ET Pattern SS and party shields characteristic of that year's main product line. The liner shows use and age and is untouched, as is the chinstrap. Overall this is a very collectible representative of the ET helmet and would be a fine addition to any collection. Price is USD SOLD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
This helmet is an historic and rare aluminum parade helmet that was a type worn by Allgemeine-SS officers during the early Nazi period. The helmet consists of a wide flare skirt aluminum shell originally in field grey, with a black hand-applied finish to the outside only. The insignia are hand-applied, which signifies likely use in 1934 before standardized insignia were distributed among the SS ranks. Moreover, under the black paint, the outline of a Reichswehr foot-standarte shield, also hand-applied, is visible. In the accompanying period photo, the officer between Eicke and Himmler is wearing one of these. A rare helmet with a lot of history, this piece is priced very reasonably at (this seller is very motivated to sell this superb and rare piece to raise money for another collecting project. Early SS collectors, don't pass this one up!> SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.Heer Panzer Enlisted cap, circa 1941. This beautiful enlisted example comes from a well-known collection and is original and untouched in every way. The pictures provide a good view of the stitching and insignia application, all of which are textbook. The pink soutache sets this cap off nicely and it would look very nice atop an early to mid war Panzer wrap. The price, including my COA, is SOLD USD
Panzer berets are pretty much a once in a collector lifetime opportunity, especially one that is complete and in original, unaltered condition. Most of these were recycled by the Wehrmacht supply system to use the crash helmet portion as the lining of the mid-war fur hat. This superb example has survived unscathed. It is fully marked Werner Holt, Lublin SW 1940 + cloth label and remains in exceptional collectible condition. It is priced at USD SOLD.
Super Rare Fat Rune SS lighweight Civic Style Parade Helmet My second Fat Rune helmet was this piece, which originated from a California veteran estate over 14 years ago. I got it second-hand, and never knew any details, however, this helmet speaks volumes by itself. The helmet shell is a typical civic aluminum alloy square scallop, dated 1934 and commonly issued to police organizations. The liner is civic style, with the dome pad on the inside. In this case, this helmet was a direct SS Issue, featuring a CA Pocher party shield and a beautiful Fat Rune SS shield, in reverse order. Neither decal shows any glue or lacquer in application. Moreover, these are the only decals ever on this helmet--there is no scraped or covered police shield or other decoration. Normally Fat Rune shields are found on either 3567 / 3574 batch number ET M-35s, or on some (just one) early RZM helmet. One other original SS parade helmet in the Barrows collection features a Fat Rune shield. My feeling about this helmet, which is featured in the Beaver / Hicks helmet book, is it may possibly have been used as a parade helmet by an SD officer, given the decals being in reverse order. Purchase includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity. Price is SOLD USD.
Here is a hard to find, collectible example of an M-40 ET in overall minty condition. The finish is the early ET Schiefergrau in the light texture, and the decal is a 99.9% classic ET shield with factory glue and lacquer application. The liner retaining pins and main band are untouched original to the helmet but the leather portion of the liner was replaced by the owner with a correct M-40 liner insert due to the leather having been torn out sometime during the period since the war. The chinstrap, a Singer Klattau 1941 strap, is also replaced but perfectly period faithful to the use period of this helmet. German liners were designed so the leather insert portion could be easily replaced without interrupting the integrity of the pins or the liner band itself, which is also the case here, so the restoration does not substantively detract. A completely untouched ET in this condition would be priced at 8k plus. However, given the leather replacement, the price is lowered accordingly at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
This is a fine example of an Austrian M-16 shell converted for use by the Polizei during the mid to later 1930s. The helmet is in very good condition with complete and untouched liner and chinstrap sytem. The paint is a medium grey polizei color which is brush applied, leaving some traces of grey on the liner and edge of the strap. This is a typical theme for non-Wehrmacht units such as SS and Police to re-paint their field grey issued helmets. The decals feature an early party shield found on some Polizei M-35 helmets made by Quist circa 1936. This helmet would make a great addition to any helmet collection and is priced reasonably at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
For sale is a medium condtion M-35 double decal size 64 Luftwaffe Helmet by EF. The overall condition shows medium use and the paint and decals are altogether about 88%. There is a unit marking in the dome: I/234. The GI's name who souvenired the helmet from the war is also written in the liner. This is is a good, collectible piece, and is priced at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
This is an excellent example of an early production M-40 from Eisenhuttenwerke Thale, with a batch number of 17. This helmet was in my personal collection from 1998 until a few years ago, and is featured in SS-Steel. The finish is the typical medium texture grey-green Schiefergrau finish characteristic of ET production. The liner and chinstrap are untouched and completely original to the helmet. The runic shield is the classic ET pattern. No flaws and a fine helmet for any advanced collection. This helmet is priced at SOLD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
This M-35 is a factory issue Waffen-SS ET66 with CA Pochers. The batch number is 4176, suggesting 1939 production. The liner and all pins, chinstrap, etc are un touched and in good condition. The helmet was waxed for parade use during its period life, with small remnants of ancient beeswax visible in the low areas (beeswax becomes a dark grey on helmet shells). The decals show the glue and laqcuer factory application, and the paint has a light field-grey hue--a very striking finish and appearance. This helmet is priced at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
This helmet comes from the largest and most advanced collection of black SS helmets in the world. The shell is an Austrian M-16 with satin black finish and CA Pocher SS decals in the classic configuration. It has a lot of use and wear, including period re-touch of the decals, which was a practice that I have observed manifests itself in about 15-20% of surviving original examples. The Germans, like any other military, dressed up their gear in various ways for inspections and parades. This helmet definitely shows the "been there" look in every way. The price is very reasonable at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
This is an excellent example of a named, single decal Waffen-SS M-40 single decal with an overall handsome combat appearance. This piece is complete, untouched and would look nice on a W-SS display especially with a decent first pattern camo cover beside it. The shell is an ET62 and the batch is 725, so probably late 1940-early 1941 for this helmet. The liner and strap are untouched and in excellent shape. The name Mehl is hand painted in the skirt and is original to the period. The price is SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
This is a very decent example of early spanner single D paratrooper; with nice toned patina, great condition eagle, excellent straps and liner, and NO sign of tampering of the bolts either inside or outside. To get a nice semi-salty paratrooper in nice untouched condition is a rarity itself. Shell is ET68, with a 56 liner. Snap is marked PRYM. This helmet is priced at SOLD USD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.-
EF64 M-35 Waffen-SS Helmet This is a scarce example of an EF M-35 SS helmet, circa 1939-40 that began as a double decal helmet and then had the party shield period-removed per orders. It is rarer on two levels; one being it is an EF and the other being the period removal of the party shield, which was not closely followed by the SS. This helmet retains 90+ % dark apple green 1939 finish and classic CA Pocher decal (generally the exclusive factory decal for the M-35 EF). The liner and strap are original and untouched to the piece. Overall a great example of a rare helmet. Price (including my COA) is SOLD USD
For sale is an Allgemeine-SS Transitional Helmet from the woodwork Here is a solid example of an Allgemeine-SS transitional consisting of a German M-16 WWI shell, originally issued in field grey. There are two subsequent black finishes, and at least four decals represented. The outermost layer are classic CA Pochers, and the unusual thing is the party shield is covered except for the swastika circle only. The liner is an M-40 style, that is completely period original to this piece. This is not unusual given that black uniforms and helmets were in continued use by the A-SS foot regiments and Abschnitte during the first two years of the war. This helmet simply saw an upgrade of the liner when it was necessary. This excellent example surfaced two months ago in an estate sale in the Northeast US and is untouched in every way. The price, including my lifetime COA, is
One of the most exciting and poignant helmets I have ever owned is this US M-2 D-Bale helmet with General Motors Inland Division liner, named to PFC Armand R. Beauchamp, Company F, 506th P.I.R. Armand was killed in action on 7 October 1944 along the dykes near Opheusden, Holland, a victim of a near direct hit by a German mortar. He hailed from New Mexico and initially served with Easy Co, then transferred to Fox Co. prior to deployment overseas in 1943. He was an original Toccoa man, whose specialty was 60mm Mortars. Here are several photographs of him; in front of the tar-paper shacks at Camp Mackall, NC; at a function (probably USO) at either Fayetteville, NC or in Georgia (he is at far left); posing with comrades on the evening of 5th June, 1944; boarding for Market Garden (I know this picture of the men loading the aircraft has been labeled for years as an 82nd Airborne photo, however, my friend Bill Brown who wrote the Fox Company history said it was the 506th and named the men in this picture--the last one in line is easily recognized as Armand Beauchamp. In front of him is a soldier named Yocum). Lastly, Armand's grave in Holland, photo by Bill's friend Cees. The helmet itself is a brilliant example of the M-2 jump helmet. The seam is in the front and the d-bales are correctly brazed to the steel pot. The helmet chinstraps are the correct OD#3 11-row web; with the early brass step style buckle and nickel plated brass snaps. The helmet has the spades with the tick at the 6 o'clock position, denoting second battalion, 506th. The spades show fine, original period weathering, crackling and wear. The net is British. I never removed it; it is slightly fused to the old (serial number inscription) paint on the inside of the steel pot. The liner is a classic example of the General Motors Inland jump liner (see logo photo) with correct webbing and wire chin cup buckles. The clips and webbing are original and all present. The original sweat band is present. There is a substantial layer of grime and sweat in the cotton webbing of this liner, suggesting real use. I was mildly astounded when I noted the remnants of masking tape in the inside front and rear of the liner. When I was a Lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne, I used to use tape to keep the steel pot and liner from separating during jumps--it happened with these helmets. Here was an example in my hands with old masking tape still present, possibly from training jumps Armand Beauchamp did. The liner spades show the same fine crackling and age / wear, commensurate with the steel pot. This helmet was in the collection of a preminent helmet collector for over 20 years before I obtained it. The late Robby Wilson obtained it from me and treasured it as I did. I am offering it for sale on his behalf. Serious US collectors, do not pass this one up--it is what it is. This exceptional piece is priced at SOLD and includes my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.