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(Sneak Preview)Outstanding EF M42! Also, Early SS Parade Helmet

SS Double D Camo; SS M42 Whitewash!

Listed Below in Premier..

WS84, Q64 Service Used Waffen-SS M40;

WS83, Stunning, Mint Waffen-SS M40 Combat Helmet;

Also, WS84 Rare, excellent Allgemeine-SS Droop Bill parade helmet.

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The offerings below are among the best and rarest SS helmets offered anywhere. Some are veteran purchases by pickers or myself, estate sale finds, and some come from old, advanced collections. This is a chance to own some of the creme of these collections. Thanks to all our friends for your support!

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A word to fellow collectors and customers...

Below are some of the very best SS Helmets anywhere in the Collecting Community. They come from the finest collections in the world. Those who desire to own the best of what has been collected and conserved over the decades since the war, this is your chance to obtain examples from among those helmets. Rather than being stored in a garage or attic and being discovered in heartbreaking condition many decades later, these helmets are those that came out in the early days, mainly from veteran or close-veteran sources; and have been carefully curated over the years by passionate, sincere collectors. As these lifetime collectors age, where do their helmets go? They go to trusted others who can offer them on a platform such as this or other reputable websites, where they can be available to all who wish to own one of them. My goal with this website of now 10 years since February, is to help these helmets find a responsible new owner to curate them forward into the next generations. It seems to me that WWII German Militaria has a unique attraction to historical collectors, in some cases, far beyond other periods and armies. On these pages are listings consisting of many rare examples of SS Parade, Combat, Transitionals and M34s. All are fine, guaranteed Original items of SS Steel. 

I am dividing the page in a more structured manner to refect the significant time periods these helmets represent. I strongly urge collectors to draw their attention to all of the time periods, because the evolution of the style and functionality of all SS helmets contains examples from each stage of evolution, making each type a truly remarkable collectible. When you see an M40 or 42 helmet, you think of the noise and violence of combat in the east front. But if you put each helmet in historical context, you then non only see helmets that are from that tumultous eastern campaign; but you also see helmets worn during the enormous Nurnberg rallies by the warriors who participated in huge historic gambles taken by ,DF' and his regime, to boldly occupy the Rheinland, boldly and with arms occupy the Sudetenland, to brazenly annex Austria; and to attack the Low Countries and France with speed, surprise and skill. If we put on our historical lens, we see how exciting and important those periods and these helmets were to the whole historic picture. Please enjoy these listings and offerings, which are now presented in more proper categories.

Scroll Down for early and late Waffen-SS helmets, as well as helmet covers in their proper associated time periods. Also, See page 2 for more listings of non-SS helmets Use the Above New Link to Original Helmets Page 2 


New! Premier Offerings Category. Special Select SS Helmets for Sale, All Types.



WS87    M35 Double Decal Waffen-SS Camo Helmet

Additional Information: This helmet was sourced a few weeks ago in Norway by a picker, and has never been in a collection--straight out of the "woodwork". The helmet is a Q64 with a heat lot number 2(?)922. The helmet appears to have two finishes, including the underlying factory finish, and an additional layer of paint that bears CA Pocher SS and party shields. Lastly, a top finish of subdued, flat camouflage medium grey paint. The liner and strap are untouched original to the helmet and show a similar untouched appearance as the outside. This is an outstanding double decal that has historic linkage to the Norway occupation. Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 7400 USD



WS86    Sharp M42 Waffen-SS Combat Helmet, Former Whitewash.

This CKL M42 is a sharp example of a combat service used helmet, that has had a whitewash finish at one time, with remnants still visible on the classic textbook ET Pattern shield. There is some patina in areas, but the paint is overall very good and the liner and strap are very good as well, and completely untouched. Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 4600K USD



WS85    Service Used, Sharp Q M40 Waffen-SS Helmet

This helmet is a Q64 with medium texture schiefergrau finish and a classic Quist pattern runic shield. The liner and strap are present, very good condition and original to the helmet. If you are looking for an iconic SS helmet that covers collectibility of the Early Waffen-SS period through the later war period, this is it. Handsome, service used, complete. Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 7.2K USD



WS79    M35 Waffen-SS Reissue Double Decal Helmet

Here is a used and service worn example of an early Waffen-SS M35 reissue helmet. The shell is Q68, with heat lot number 651. It was depot-updated in 1940, right after the Westfeldzug campaign, with an outer coat of textured schiefergrau, plus a set of CA Pocher runic and party shields. The liner was serviceable and therefore not upgraded, but the chinstrap was up- graded to a 1940 dated one. This is a 1938 production helmet, rare to find as a depot reissue--most Quist refurbs tend to have an outer coat of smooth paint and Pocher decals, not the 'M40 specification' schiefergrau paint. Therefore, a very cool, untouched combat worn artifact with lots of service use. Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 5900 USD



WS83    Stunning, Mint Q M40 Waffen-SS Helmet

This is an un-upgradable example of a much sought after factory issue Waffen-SS M40 helmet. This piece was purchased at a Cincinnatti show in the 1970s, and put away ever since. It literally has no fingerprints on it and has that wonderful, light patina of the decades untouched. The shell is a Q62, with a frosty minty light texture schiefergrau, at nearly 100%. The right side is adorned with a classic, glue and lacquer applied example of the Quist pattern SS shield, with typical popping due to the aging lacquer. The shield is still a full and beautiful example. The size 55 liner is minty and clearly marked. The chinstrap, also original untouched to the helmet, is 1940 dated. This fine helmet would be an excellent and very difficult to upgrade example for the dedicated helmet collector. Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD 8.2K USD



WS82    Fabulous Q M40 Waffen-SS Camo Helmet

This stunning beauty comes from a sleepy collection and has been tucked away for over 15 years. The helmet is a Q64, #RS31, with classic Quist runic shield on a light texture schiefergrau finish. The liner and strap ('42 dated G.Scheile) are untouched original to the helmet, just missing the string. The interior of the skirt bears the initials "W.L." in German style handwriting. The exterior is spray-camo'd ordinance tan, light green and brick red, with well separated and distinct colors. I believe at some point in its life, the shield was lightly uncovered, leaving a lot of the camo intact on the (beautiful, high percentage condition) shield upon close inspection. The pictures show good clarity of the wear to the camo, overall, illustrating that it is a superb original Waffen-SS warrior's camo. These are just not offered frequently, especially this nice. A trophy example! Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD 10.9K USD



WS80    Stunning, Named Q M40 Waffen-SS Camo Helmet

This one is a show stopper. Original SS camos are not that available, and this helmet is a great one. It has been in a couple of famous collections, the consignor having bought it from Bill Shea (paperwork to accompany purchase). The shell is a Q66 with heat lot number T1334. The camouflage finish is likely Normandy given the three color scheme. The classic Quist pattern decal is 80% present and has been, at some point, exposed. Upon close scrutiny my observation is the decal was probably mostly covered during its wartime service use, and cleaned off sometime after the war, but not recently. This fact obviously impacts the price I am able to offer it for, which is consequently very reasonable for what this helmet is. The liner and strap are untouched original to the helmet; the liner being a correct Zahn contract double ply, dated 1941. The liner bears the name "Speidel." The strap is '40 dated. All in all a great helmet with a superb camo finish. (If you noted the recent Rock Island Auction, a Camo M42 SS with similar decal treatment and much less decal sold for over 12K. This helmet is every bit that and more). Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD 9.9K USD



WS81    Sharp, Early Style ET M40 Waffen-SS Camo Helmet

This camo is outstanding and a nice earlier camo example. The shell is ET64 and the heat lot number 5061 falls within the earliest M40 ET helmets produced. In fact, this production run features double decal factory issue M40s as well. This example was produced as a single decal, featuring the classic 1940 style ET runic shield. The factory schiefergrau paint and SS shield are camouflaged in a scheme of dark red-brown and areas of dark green. Parts of the decal remain covered, with flaking being the reason there are exposed areas. In my view, this decal has not been uncovered, the exposure is natural. The style of this camo paint scheme reminds me of the Caucasus or central russian theater camo in its color. The collector / consignor reports that the liner was mouse eaten and in tatters, literally a shred remaining, so he installed a leather portion (note the turned up fasteners along the edge of the leather). This affects the value and will be adjusted accordingly. The chinstrap is the original to the helmet, untouched. This is a very cool helmet for the SS field display, and has that 'been there' look. Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD 7.6K USD


WS78    Outstanding Waffen-SS Foreign Volunteer Helmet

Here is an example of a classic mid-war Waffen-SS foreign volunteer helmet. The helmet consists of an EF64 M42, heat lot #368. The factory issue of the helmet was as a standard Polizei, with bordered EF style police and party shields. You can note the EF peculiar party shield in the photos. The liner and strap are original to the helmet and the liner is the expected 1940 dated D.R.P contracted assembly. On top of the police shield is a classic CA Pocher runic shield. The helmet shows overall heavy service wear, with age wear to the leather. The chinstrap has become separated but is complete. As for why the 'reversed decal' effect, we don't have to guess at this, because the multitude of photos and written accounts of the growth of the Waffen-SS in 1943, when Himmler declared by written order that the police and auxiallary forces (schutzmannschaften) would come under the SS, lay out the whole story. Specifically, in "SS Steel" I featured a chapter on foreign volunteer helmets, including pictures of the specific EF Police M42s that were shown worn by Ukranian and Hungarian troops in the period photos. In these photos you can see at least two likely EF shells, with their distinctive shape. Others look like CKL police helmets. This all happened with the sudden expansion of the SS by virtue of standardizing all these formerly police and 'eastern peoples' groups into the Waffen-SS as new regiments and divisions (Latvian number 1&2; Ukranian Galizien & Ukr. number 2; Prinz Eugen, etc., etc., the requirement to equip all these troops was enormous. Since many were already schutzmannschaften, wearing variant and standard versions of police uniforms and equipment, they took their current police helmets if they had them already (many from EF during late '42 to mid '43 issue period) and applied issue CA Pocher decals right over the police shield. Job done. We have noted that M34s, M35s and M40s with reverse decals can be differently classified from "foreign volunteer--" due to the early war period equipping of the SD / Einsatzgruppen (and in some localized cases, "Germania" during and after the 'Westfeldzug' in 1940 and a little later the Finns). But when you encounter an EF M42 converted police like this one, you can be pretty certain it was a specific foreign volunteer equipment need that was being met. This rare piece can be enjoyed by the Freiwillege aficionado! Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 8K USD


WS75    M40 Waffen-SS Camouflage Helmet From Normandy

(This is a corrected listing, original owner of this helmet reports it is from Normandy, as a barn find). This Q66 is a solid, real example of a tan camouflage Waffen-SS helmet, recovered from the Normandy area, from a barn, according to the original longtime owner. The helmet is a side-marked Quist M40 with the shadow of the runic shield visible under the paint, which is worn but still largely present. The shell has a dent to the lower edge on the right side, which I tried to capture in the pictures. The liner and chinstrap are dark and show age fragility, but are complete and unaltered. Original tan camo SS helmets are very hard to obtain. Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD 6.5k USD


WS52   Outstanding SS-VT / Waffen-SS M35 Helmet

This is a fine, textbook example of an ET 1939 production M35 double decal SS helmet. If you want an example of one of these, in excellent condition and untouched original condition, you need not hunt further. The price is also excellent value. Every aspect is textbook, including the pea green finish, ET pattern decals and their classic application by glue and lacquer; the 1939 dated size 57 liner (shell is ET64, heat lot 4368), and issue-original strap. This superb helmet will capstone the finest helmet collection. I will answer all questions you may have, including payment plan arrangements, etc. Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD USD

ws71   Mint Waffen-SS Quist M40 Helmet

This remarkably fine condition helmet is consigned from one of the advanced collectors in the community. The helmet is a Q64 in sparkling minty condition. The shell is a size 64 with heat lot number DN357. The finish is a thick coating of medium texture schiefergrau in 100% condition. The narrow style Quist pattern runic shield is 97% intact, showing graceful aging to the lacquer and glue. The liner is dated 1940 at the band, size 56 marked on the tongue and in fine, blond condition, with light age. The strap is the original issue G. Scheile Loburg marked. Simply a stunning M40. Price includes my Lifetime guarantee of absolute authenticity SOLD 11.5K USD


Section 1. SS Helmets of the Early Days



Current Listings  



WS84    Rare Allgemeine-SS Droop Bill Parade Helmet

Here is a helmet that is basically a hallmark example of the interim period described by Ludwig Baer, wherein between 1934 and August of 1935, the SS were ordered to decorate their helmets by hand with oil paints, in accordance with the RFSS new specifications (the actual verordnungsblatt, with drawings, is pictured in Baer's book). I and other longer time collectors have known this helmet for many years, considering it to be pretty much the textbook example of the insignia uniformity that the RFSS was looking to achieve with his order. Many, many of the parade helmets were painted in this manner, in the lead up to the August 1935 acceptance of mass produced insignia, supplied by the firm CA Pocher u Sohn, Munchen. After that, most were scraped and re-badged with the new Pocher insignia, or painted over and re-badged (more often the case). A set of hand- rendered insignia can be considered very rare in this case. The shell is the commercially produced droop bill, with M 1927 three-pad leather liner and chinstrap system. The finish overall shows its 80 years of patina and use; The insignia show the signs of careful stenciling and brush application, with excellent age characteristics visible with the naked eye and of course under magnification. This kind of helmet would nicely top off a black SS-TV or VT uniform display. Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 9.4K USD



ws4   Stone Mint 1934 SS-RZM Helmet in Gunmetal Grey

For the early SS collectors, this one is an impossible to upgrade iconic piece of SS Steel. I can't believe the condition myself. The finish is the early gunmetal grey, almost anodized look, with no decals. The M28 liner system is pristine, with perfectly intact hollow core liner retaining rivets. The strap is the proper SS-RZM style, still retaining a lot of the whitish leather dye on the rough side of the leather--remarkable. The strap is RZM marked (see pictures). The stampings are absolutely correct dye struck SS and RZM. A jewel and a piece of SS History. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 9.5K USD


Ws63, SS-RZM Helmet, Issue Black Finish, Period Removed decals, Nice overall example in the parade black finish. 6.5K


Ws65, Interesting Droop Bill Allgemeine-SS helmet, Repurposed for Possible use by the Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht. This helmet is a scarce example of an SS droop bill that was factory provisioned for an M31 style liner. The chinstrap bales are separate from the M31 liner band, which is correct for this early style. (The strap on it is for display and not a correct strap--the correct strap would be an aluminum buckle strap, or a carbine clip type early strap). The helmet itself is factory black, used with double CA Pocher decals, which were painted over to mask them (The SS shield was obliterated instead) for use by the volksturm or flak unit, last ditch in the final days of the war. The party shield is visible under the paint. All in all a rare and interesting helmet, for the early helmet collector. A superb value at USD 2450


Ws56   Stunning, Rare Allgemeine-SS / SS-VT Black M35 Helmet




ws35   The Helmet of Helmets, Original LAH Black Transitional Helmet

There are perhaps three or four of these in the world, and the consignor of this one has two others. If you look in my book with the late Mike Beaver, or my SS-Steel volumes, you will find ample photographs (provided by Fotosammler, R. Rygaard and others) depicting this exact style of treatment on the helmets worn by the Leibstandarte prior to the approval of the CA Pocher design by RFSS Himmler. This helmet went between the owner and another noted collector a number of times, and is now available for offering here. The shell is an M16 (German) TJ66, outfitted with a single ply, early M31 liner (Braunschweig) that is affixed to the helmet with zinc/brass liner retaining rivets. The chinstrap is the same type installed in RZM helmets and other early '30s non-civic designs. The finish is at least two layers of thick, black lacquer, and the insignia are hand-rendered early LAH style. These are executed using white enamel, the black helmet finish background, and a translucent red pigment for the state shield. The vast majority of hand painted insignia transitionals were refinished and given proper SS decals at some stage, then the order came to turn all transitionals in to the Sraubing scrap facility for melt-down. Therefore, while all transitionals are considered rare, this LAH is considered almost unheard-of. This is an opportunity to own a piece of premier, core SS history. Price includes my and the seller's guarantee of absolute authenticity 16.5K USD



ws42   Nice SS-RZM Helmet in the Early Gunmetal Color

This SS-RZM helmet comes in the factory anodized looking finish that resembles gunmetal grey. The helmet bears the metal stretch marks and rivet placement very specifc to this design. Moreover, the SS and RZM stamps are perfect examples that bear the peculiar 'fingerprint' of the dyes used to make the stamps. The liner is also one of two types used in these helmets and is fully intact but only has the buckle end of the strap present. These are often destroyed or missing. The liner is affixed in the expected pop-rivet style of mounting. These helmets, according to Baer, were contracted by the SS from sources outside the Reich, such as Brno, Czechoslovakia (a great armaments and equipment producing region for the old Austro-Hungarian Empire). Given that the SS had no access to the Wehrmacht supply and recruitment system and the time, they outsourced these and others such as the droop bill in significant quantities. An historic helmet for the discriminating collector. Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 10K USD.


ws36   Sharp, Early SS-RZM Helmet in Gloss Black

This superb SS-RZM helmet example is most likely a contract prototype, as it bears no roller stamped SS or RZM markings as would be expected on this precise helmet model. The location of the liner retaining rivets in proportion to the air vents are the telltale sign of an RZM helmet. The precise chinstrap configuration is the other hallmark trait. This helmet is a medium size, featuring a gloss black lacquer finish, typical liner and strap system, and no decals (the period photo shows two no-decal gunmetal finish RZM helmets with early SS adornment of swastika only; pre-dating the award of the runes by ,DF'). These were made under contract by the SS with a firm outside the Reich, most likely in Brunn, Czechoslavakia, where considerable armaments and equipment factories existed. The Czech produced equipment was famous throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and their prowess lasted through the inter-war period (and frankly, until the present day with fine arms still). The SS had no access to the mainstream OKW supply, recruitment or training systems due to their political rather than military origins and use. Arguably, this was an advantage, because they were able to obtain outstanding helmets within this contract, in terms of design and functionality--and style. The RZM helmet is an iconic piece of SS headgear in all respects. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 4K USD



ws37   Beautiful Allgemeine-SS Droop-Bill Double Decal Parade Helmet

Here is a superb example of a named SS transitional 'droop bill' helmet in fine condition. The CA Pocher runic and party shields are almost 100% and reflect the majestic look the SS parade troops achieved with these helmets. The M27 style liner is fully intact and shows very little use. The RZM style strap is also in fine condition. There is a nicely penciled name "Francks" visible in the dome. These helmets were produced in the same contractual manner as the SS-RZM helmets; outside the German military national supply infrastructure, for political reasons stated in the RZM posting above. This would be a killer piece in any early SS collection. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD 17.5K USD

ws28   Very Nice SS-VT Marked SS-RZM Helmet

This issue SS-RZM helmet comes in the factory anodized looking finish that resembles gunmetal grey. The helmet bears the metal stretch marks and rivet placement very specifc to this design. Moreover, the SS and RZM stamps are perfect examples that bear the peculiar 'fingerprint' of the dyes used to make the stamps. The liner is also one of two types used in these helmets and is fully intact including the super rare strap. These are often destroyed or missing. Inside the leather liner band is the inscription "7/SS G.", denoting 7th company, SS-"Germania". A classic, super original and unit marked piece, the sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 11K USD.




ws9 Phenomenal, Mint Allgemeine-SS Black Transitional

This helmet originated from the late Robby Wilson collection; Robby having obtained it via Steve W. The helmet is a very early example of a transtional shell outfitted with an M31 liner, installed at the factory or depot. There is no field grey under the paint, only black, making this quite a rare example that was not obtained by the SS via contract means. The paint is 99%, the liner is minty and 1931 dated, with the original untouched strap. The decals are period applied CA Pochers, with some slight flaking to the bottom of the runic shield. The decals are placed in reverse order, which is not understood to this day as to the reason. Many SD organizatons display reverse decals, but this as a transitional piece lacks much archival connection to any organization within the SS. It may have been a preference of the maker at the time. At any rate, this puts it in a rarity category above the average transitiona. Beautiful helmet, a prize for any early collection. The consignor is motivated to sell and will accept payment plans. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 16.5K USD.


ws10   Stunning SS-VT Transitional Double Decal Helmet in Feldgrau

This Feldgrau German M16 ET64 SS transitional helmet is stone mint and unworn. It is also quite rare to find one of these. The paint and decals are 100% and the liner is storage condition. The liner string was added because it appeared there was one in place originally. For the transitional aficionado, this is one of the finest helmets I have ever had the privilege to offer. Specs include classic, perfect condition CA Pocher runic and party shields. They don't get better than this, especially that gorgeous runic shield. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 24.9K USD



ws11   One of Two Real Examples Known--Direct Vet Son Acquired Erel Fiberhelm, Black Allgemeine SS Parade M35

In the last 30 or 40 years, I've seen a dozen nicely done fake SS fiberhelms, but only two real ones: this one, and Al Barrows' fat rune Erel which is pictured in all of my books and also in Ludwig Baer's seminal work. To say the least, it is unique, and almost "one of one." This helmet was acquired jointly by me and Brian Maederer from the son of the veteran who brought it back. The son had no history on the piece; he dismissed any stories his father told him and did not even know his father's unit. That said, he showed up with one of the rarest helmets I have seen. This is a typical Erel Fiberhelm, (vulkanfiber) with a satin black finish, CA Pocher SS runic and party shields, and a minty size 59 liner and strap ensemble that are the 'old art' style, found in helmets dating back to the Franco-Prussian era. The paint and decals are minty, as is the size 59 liner. The steel outer band, as is the case with many of these helmets, has receded away from the edge of the fiber body-- a characteristic that has become a hallmark of originality for these specimens. My estimation is that this helmet would display perfectly with a black SS General's uniform of the highest quality. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity USD 25K



ws12    Austrian M16 Allgemeine-SS / SS-VT Transitional Helmet

This helmet is another textbook early period SS example, featuring satin black finish and CA Pocher decals. The liner is the M17 style with accompanying strap, both of which likely are early 1930s contract refurbishments when the helmet was outfitted for use by the SS. The liner bears a still very legible rare marking (SS-Nachrichtensturmbann-Essen). Overall very nice condition with some age / wear dings to the shields. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 23K USD




ws13   Exceptional M34 Allgemeine-SS Parade Helmet, With Fat Rune SS Shield

I first owned this helmet in 1998 as a purchase from Wolfe-Hardin. It made its way through two advanced collections after I owned it for 5 years, finally ending up in a Museum in Europe. This is one of very few Fat Rune helmet examples available in the world--I have owned 3 M35s and this, and I know of one fiberhelm with fat runes (contributed to the helmets published in SS-Steel, courtesy A. Barrows) and I know of one more fat rune M35 that is unpublished. In the photographic record, and as discovered in the markings of one of the examples, the fat rune appears to have been used widely by the LAH in 1934-35. (See my Feature Helmets Section for more information on Fat Rune helmets). This specimen is in reversed configuration on a 1934 dated aluminum Civic square scallop helmet, likely for parade use in the Allgemeine-SS or SS-VT (LAH?) It is unmarked, so there is no ability to narrow this down to unit, but in the early period of the SS, many different styles of helmet were used until they were standardized in the later 1930s. A fine example, with light wear and perfect decals (especially a Fat Rune!). Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 19.3K USD



ws17   Allgemeine-SS M16 Transitional Helmet

This example came out of the woodwork in the northeast and once belonged to my late friend Jules L. The configuration is the typical German refurbishment (satin black over field grey) and also features an early Czech style strap. The party shield is classic CA Pocher, as are the runes, but the runes went on sloppily (these were applied at the unit level and often the paint was not cured or other factors influenced the application process). A nice size, excellent display piece. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 18.5K USD.


And, here are some excellent examples of the incredibly under-appreciated, yet widely SS used M34 Medium Duty SS-VT / Sicherheitsdienst Helmet...

ws18   M34 Medium Duty Sicherheitsdienst Double Decal Helmet

In his research within the German Bundesarchiv in the 1960s, Ludwig Baer discovered that these helmets were initially meant to compete with the M31 design, on a national level. This is why so many of them appear with Heer decals as well as SS. The M31, presented in prototype by Eisenhuttenwerke Thale, beat the M34 design and won the bid for M31 helmet production (in the form of the Model 1935) for the armed forces of Germany. As an aside, ErEl and other firms floated vulkanfiber helmet designs to the high command procurement as prototype combat helmets as well). Since Edelstahl and Thalestahl had made so many of these helmets, they marketed them to the SS who found them useful as a police / SD type of head protection ideal for urban and semi-rural anti-'enemy of the state' operations. The Heer and Luftwaffe could and did obtain these helmets in limited numbers for officer parade use. This SD helmet is a nice example, showing a crisp edelstahl stamp, solid condition paint, decals and liner / strap. These helmets are fully a part of the SS historical repertoire, used in camps, Einsatzgruppen, combat (limited) and parades, like so many other SS helmets. They deserve as much a place in SS collections as any other, in my view. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 6.8K USD



ws30   Minty M34 Sicherheitsdienst (SD) Helmet

Here is a fine, collectible example, classic configuration, of the iconic SD helmet. Paint, decals and liner are in excellent and complete condition, with no issues. This is a larger size and makes a super display piece. Fellows, look at the photo record--these were worn at camps, in Einsatzgruppen, in combat, as well as by the SD. PS: It's Named and can be researched. Very reasonably priced example HOLD 7.2K USD.




ws31   M34 Sicherheitsdienst SD Helmet

Collectors of SS helmets should have an example of this historic SS helmet model in their collections. These were made specifically as a competitive bid to the Model 1935 and were initially intended for combat use by the Heer, Luftwaffe and SS (Read Ludwig Baer for reference to this fact). When the bid was lost to the M35 design, these helmets had already been produced in great numbers. Many were procured by the SS-VT because of their decent quality (remember, the SS was not a branch of the Wehrmacht until later, and had reduced access to supplies, recruitment and training in the early period). Later, as the SS procured the more desired M35s, they put these M34s toward the growing SiPo and SD organizations, who used them throughout the remainder of the Third Reich period. This one is a classic example, with CA Pocher decals. The condition is as pictured, and untouched except for a minor splice repair to the long end of the chinstrap. All in all a decent example of this iconic model. Price, including my COA, is 5.5K USD.  


Section 2. SS Helmets of the Early War Period  --Model 1935 between 1936-7 to 1940



WS68 Monster M35 ET70 SS-VT / Waffen-SS Double Decal Combat Helmet

Here is an outstanding, shell size 70! combat service used Waffen-SS M35, made by Eisenhuttenwerke-Thale (ET70, heat lot #4028). The finish is a lustrous, waxy apple green feldgrau, nearly 90% intact. The decals are classic factory applied CA Pocher runic and party shields, appropriate for this lot number. They are at close to 85-90% intact and show expected age crazing and other textbook desirable characteristics. When found, this helmet was missing the proper liner, so the collector installed a size 62 later war liner (incredibly hard to find) to complete the look and feel of this giant helmet. (This fact is factored into the pricing of course, wereas an untouched example of this size in this condition would fetch closer to 17-18k easily). The chinstrap is an original period M35 style strap, with a partial marking still visible, and in good, serviceable condition. The rarity of a size 70 shell makes this a very collectible specimen all things considered! This excellently priced Original SS-VT / Waffen-SS Helmet comes with my unconditional lifetime guarantee of authenticity 9.2k USD




ws23 Very Rare Waffen-SS Double Decal "M35 / 40" Helmet


Here is a nearly stone mint example of a rare type of Q62 SS M35. It is in chalky mint condition with factory applied Quist pattern runic and party shields. The shell, interestingly, is an M35, but it is thoroughly factory produced as an M40 helmet. That signifies this is one of the last M35 shells to go through the production system, a leftover in a sense. Given the 1940 liner date, this was one of the many early M40s that were produced with two decals--I have an example in my collection that is an M40 shell, but it is rare to see one of these that is an M35 shell but thrown into the M40 production process. The liner is mint and untouched. The pigskin chinstrap (yes, they had these even in the late '30s, is fragile and has become separated. The veteran who brought this back has passed and his obituary is available to the buyer. A helmet this nice won't last long, and it's destined for a top shelf position in an SS helmet collection. Price includes my lifetime guarantee of authenticity 16.5K USD.



ws29 Rare Reverse-decal Waffen-SS M40 Helmet.

Here is an opportunity to own one of these rare specimens, potentially representing a true einsatzkommando or anti-partisan piece of headgear. M40 versions of the reverse decal are almost unheard of. Characteristic of these helmets, many were originally Polizei-issue helmets (the police shield is underneath the CA Pocher runic shield) This helmet possesses the smooth dark green feldgrau finish of the M40 police issue. Usually, foreign volunteer forces began as Police, coming fully under the SS by RFSS decree in 1942-43. The M-35 and M40 types were seen more among the Einsatzgruppen or mobile killing squads operating in Poland early in the war; or issued within the SS-Polizei-Division. The foreign volunteers of the Baltics and the Ukraine came later, and were issued M42 DD police helmets, and when standardized from Schutzmannschaften to SS, given a runic shield to cover the police shield. These and the M40 police helmets comprise the largest number of reverse decal SS helmet types, for the above stated reasons. 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, likely 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 11.8K USD and comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.





ws26 Waffen-SS Former Allgemeine-SS Combat Helmet

This is a very unusual and cool helmet that started out as an SS-VT /Allgemeine-SS issue M-35, and ended up used in combat. It consists of an ET62 late 1938 / early 1939 vintage issue M35 with the addition of the black paint on the exterior and in the skirt for parade use; then decorated with Pocher decals atop the black finish. (Assuming ET or possibly factory Pocher decals on the factory finsh). Then, the helmet was repurposed for field use as did happen with these during the late VT - early Waffen period; consisting of an outer finish of feldgrau and a final set of pocher runic and party shields. This one shows the hasty field removal of the party shield, but runes being left intact. The liner and strap are untouched. The strap is a Carl Tesch and is presumably VA-SS marked, but that has faded over time. Very solid Waffen-SS combat helmet. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity. Excellently priced at 7800 USD





ws20 Q66 M35 Period Refurbished / Reissued SS-VT Combat Helmet

This helmet is an early combat worn and nice looking piece of SS-VT history. The Shell is Q66, lot 664; and shows the factory finish and issue decals; the black allgemeine finish and set of decals; and the reissue finish (early, smooth field grey) with outer layer of CA Pocher decals. In the runic shield flaked areas, you can see the slightly offset runes decal underneath-- just cool. Party shield is a pocher, with nice age crazing and mostly intact. These 3 layers of decals really show the amount of service use this helmet saw. The shell shows some repairs the front and overall and wear; the liner is a get this--double ply reinforced aluminum...with a 1941 date--what a rare date to find on essentially 1938-39 style liner modification. But it has been in forever and the pins show the fuzzy patina that only age produces; and they are untouched. There are corrosion spots on the top, otherwise this helmet is a semi-salty early beauty. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD 11.2K USD






Section 2. SS Helmets and Covers of the Mid-to-Late War Period  --Model 1940 and 1942, 1941 zum Kriegsend





WS76 Vet War Souvenir Waffen-SS M40 Helmet


This ET62 M40 is a complete, salty, ET production helmet, with the expected smoother texture schiefergrau finish and classic post-1939 ET pattern runic decal. The helmet is missing a rivet, and has a small amount of associated damage to the liner band at the site of the rivet. The veteran, who had been a driver in the war, affixed the helmet to his jeep as an ornament for some time, using wire (some of which is still present on the right front rivet) and a strap which wore the paint in a couple of places along the area above the outer skirt. This helmet recently surfaced directly from the vet, and can now be offered for sale as a memento treasured for many decades by that vet. And despite the wartime trophy treatment, the helmet is still a presentable, representative example of the classic ET M40 SS. Price includes my lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD 3.4K USD.



ws74 Q66 Double Named Waffen-SS M40 Helmet SOLD, Possible Identification

This helmet is a consignment piece and is classic Quist m40 with medium texture thick Quist schiefergrau paint and classic Q pattern runic shield. The paint shows medium-heavy service wear, but no postwar abuse or neglect, so it is just as is from 1945. The helmet also has whitewash remnants around the rivets, showing it was likely an Eastern front or even Ardennes fighter as well. The decal, like most Quist examples, shows typical flaking, but the telltale Quist characteristics are still clearly visible. The liner is untouched, in great condition, and size marked 58. The strap logo is also visible. The helmet shows two names, one of which was on a paper label and is obliterated except for the rank (maybe the name was torn off by the second owner, SS-Sturmmann Vierke?). The name "Vierke, SS-Strm." is researchable, and considering the less common nature of that name, may be easier to narrow down to the exact individual (a friend just provided this updated data, potentially identifying the soldier as SS-Sturmmann Max Vierke, SS nr. 85113). Sale includes COA SOLD 4K USD.



ws73 Untouched, Combat Waffen-SS M40 Helmet

This helmet was obtained by the original owner, an old collector, many decades ago. It has been in his closet and is literally not cleaned or in any way altered since it was brought back from the war. The helmet is an ET64, with ET pattern shield and original liner and chinstrap system. The condition shows hard, continuous use, probably since 1941 onwards. A real war trophy and a great looker. The sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity HOLD CG 5700 USD.




ws69 Killer Camo EF M42 Helmet

The consignor reports that this helmet comes from a retired big city policeman who had it over 30 years and basically put it away. It is fresh, uncleaned or touched in any way. The Shell is an EF64, numbers are pictured. The liner is blonde and quite supple, showing age but still great. Size marked 57. The strap is unmarked at the tip, appearing untouched original to the helmet. The drawstring appears to be a non-typical period replacement. The finish outside and on the inner skirt is a lighter green, thick camo paint, brushed around the EF pattern shield to keep it exposed (the vividness of the green color is slightly difficult to capture on camera). You can see the brush marks across the lower right edge (4:00 on the shield). This helmet is in fine condition, and is camo'd the same way as a few of these I have encountered over the years--an avocado-colored light green-ish camo. Another way to say it is greenish-tan. Condition-wise and amount of decal which was period painted around, would make this a beautiful edition to your combat collection. The sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 5600 USD.






ws47   Waffen-SS 2nd Pattern Helmet Cover Oakleaf

This size 57 cover comes from a grouping of helmets and covers that came indirect vet and has only been in one collection. It shows medium wear and some fragility of the springs and clips, but the colors are vivid and it is a nice size 64 cover. All stitching, seams and loops show the proper textbook construction for an unquestionable period piece. The cover stands up by itself and has that "been on a helmet until recently" look, so I think it may have been separated from one of the helmets in the original grouping. A killer accompanyment for a combat condition Waffen-SS helmet. Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 7.4K USD




ws49   Waffen-SS 2nd Pattern Helmet Cover, Late Mint!









ws24 Waffen-SS M35 With Replaced Liner

This helmet is a consignment from a fellow collector interested in selling it at a value commensurate with its condition and caveats. The helmet is a Quist M35 with a late 1938-early 1939 steel lot range, and shows heavy use. The factory paint is covered in a heavily worn field grey paint that obscured the party shield, but left the Quist runic shield visible. The liner and strap are original, but are dated 1937 (single ply early liner band), and on further note, the liner retaining pins appear refinished and purposefully rusted on the inside (you want to see patina and oxidation, not rust, on a helmet that is worn but not rusted). Given these factors, a 8 to 9 thousand dollar M35 becomes something less in value. Still a real helmet, with a real liner.. and questionable but functional looking pins. Therefore, the price is lowered accordingly. My guarantee will be caveated in accordance with these specific conditions of the helmet. Price 6.7K USD


ws33 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 3200 USD and comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.














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