Another Update Is Here! See Below,
item WS39--1st model helmet cover (sold)
Go to uniforms page for this new offering, UA51
(also to the SS Helmets Second Page, link above; and the Feature Helmet Page has a fabulous update, with more coming soon. Don't miss these!). M35 Waffen-SS Helmet (Ws38) Also Helmets in the Early Section Just Added!
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. We had a good Show of Shows too, with some
super offerings featured here now. Also, the latest Update is posted on the New 'SS Helmets Second Page' Link. Some Demjansk and other SS Combat Helmets! (and more high condition helmets from this collection are coming too, something for everyone, stay tuned!)
*Note to consignors: if you wish to consign helmets, I will inspect them for verification of authenticity, completeness and ability to place my guarantee.
Also, if you consign to this website, you may not simultaneously list your item elsewhere. Thanks.
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 pay 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
Section 1. SS Helmets of the Early Days
Today's New Listings!
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 26.5K 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 6.5K 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 23K 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
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.
ws8 Historic SS-Totenkopfverband Black Parade 'Droop Bill' Transitional Helmet, Named and with Archive File.
This beautiful condition classic Allgemeine Droop Bill helmet was the property of an SS-TV Obersturmfuhrer named Albert Breh, who was in charge of the Cantine at Dachau.
Breh was one of the individuals identified in an SS-Fuhrungshauptamt inspection of the concentration camp system, as having committed fraud during his tenure as leader of one of the camp services.
Breh was convicted-- everything is in this large file-- and sentenced to a short period of house arrest, then put back in charge of the cantine as a contractor. He lost certain SS privileges, but evidently
was valuable to the system. File searches reveal amazing things... This helmet comes as a consignment from a picker who obtained it years ago from the veteran estate. This is a very advanced piece for the
SS Historian / Collector. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD
ws9 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 25.5K 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--Vet Son Acquired Erel Fiberhelm, Black Allgemeine SS Parade M35
In the overall scheme of militaria, this helmet is very likely the top prize. 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 Ludwig Baer's. 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 Contact Me for price / information. USD
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
ws14 Allgemeine-SS / SS-VT Double Decal RZM Helmet
Rarest of the rare, sold before I could get it listed! Gone...
ws15 Beautiful Early Allgemeine-SS Transitional Helmet
This outstanding helmet features an Austrian M16 shell with M28 liner and large buckle leather chinstrap. The paint is satin black over Austrian brown and the insignia are hand-rendered. The premier
black helmet collector has had four of these exact hand rendered helmet examples, and they are all done up the same way in the refurbishment process. From Ludwig Baer, we know that hand-painted insignia were mandated by the RFSS in 1934, and in early 1935 ere quickly
replaced by the advent of the CA Pocher RFSS approved transfer design. This picture of Jakob Grimminger bearing the blood flag shows one of these insignia clearly. A super rare and early SS piece, very desirable and goes with the early
Allgemeine and Bereitsschaft displays. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD 19.2K USD
ws17 Allgemeine-SS M16 Transitional Helmet
And, here are some excellent examples of the incredibly under-appreciated, yet widely SS used M34 Medium Duty SS-VT / Sicherheitsdienst 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.
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 7.9K 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
ws39 Waffen-SS 1st Pattern Helmet Cover
This first model helmet cover is in nearly mint condition, probably not used. It originated in the Hermann Auction
and has been in an advanced collection prior to this offering. The oakleaf pattern is overprinted in plain tree in a tasteful lateral movement of the pattern (cool looking, resembling
the older covers). The stitching length varies and has the slightly erratic look of the old techniques. The thread has the proper gauge and look. The spring side shows pattern 1 in the
middle of the rear, and on the front of the autumn side is a reddish purple numeral "2" for size medium. This cover is pictured on a size 62 M35 shell, showing there
is a little room for more size. The frontal reinforcement displays the variant seam that Mike Beaver mentioned on page 126 of "Camouflage Uniforms of the Waffen-SS." The peening
of the clips shows a desirable randomness of the strike, and there is no sign of any artificial abrading of the clips or the clip channels (to try to simulate rub wear). All in all
a crisp, beautiful example of an early war cover. Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of
authenticity SOLD 8.5K USD
ws38 Waffen-SS M35 Double Decal Helmet
This helmet comes from a very reputable and well known European collectior source and is in a word untouched. It's an ET
62 Shell, 4474, putting it solidly in 1939 production. The liner and strap are original untouched to the helmet. The shell shows about 85-90% remaining feldgrau
smooth factory finish, adorned with ET pattern runic and party shields. The Party shield shows heavy wear, likely period done to
conform to the 1940 regulation about removal of state colors from helmets. The ET shield is almost pristine, showing all the desired and expected characteristics of that
decal design. The liner bears the name and rank ink inscription "SS Uscha Wimmer." To have a named, inscribed piece adds a lot of history to a piece of
elite headgear. This solid, sharp M35 combat piece would make a great addition to any SS collection, and sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of
authenticity 11K USD
ws31 SS-VT / Waffen-SS M35 Double Decal Helmet
This is a nice size ET66 M35 produced early to mid-1939, during the expansion of the VT
and TV regiments, as Germany was consuming the Sudetenland and had its eyes on Poland. ET and Quist were the producers best able to meet this production demand
for the SS-FHA at the time. The shell is finished in the pea-green color that we note nearly always accompanies the ET style runic and party shields (whereas in below examples
of factory ET helmets with CA Pocher decals produced around the same time, we generally note the thicker, 'milky' field grey color in use on those shells). We as collectors have
noticed this style difference through reference books and through experience in handling originals, but we do not know why it is the case that there is what seems to be a
uniformly associated color difference (specification?) associated with these two decal types. This is one of the exciting learning points of collecting these historic helmets. The heat lot number is in the 43xx
range. The liner and strap are the untouched originally installed components. Overall condition shows medium wear with no abuse--all in all a stunning example of this type
helmet for any collection. (This exact helmet is shown in Ken N's book on Combat Helmets of the Third Reich). The price is very reasonable, considering its size and completeness, and sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of
authenticity 17.8K USD
ws33 Waffen-SS M40 Single Decal Combat Helmet
Here is a very nice condition example of a Q64 M40 factory issue Waffen-SS helmet. The shell is a 64, DN29 lot number, with medium texture
Quist Schiefergrau finish. The Q pattern SS shield is, very typical of Quist examples, put on the rough texture finish with inadequate lacquer, which resulte in
a moderate degree of flaking of the shield. This is almost a hallmark sign of originality for Quist products, recognized by collectors universally. The untouched liner system is in very
good condition, with the initials F.W. inked in the side. I have seen these initials on a number of SS helmets and always wondered if this was an abbreviation for something other
than a person's initials. We should assume initials.. The strap is the untouched issue strap with the helmet. Overall a solid example of a QM40
at a reasonable price. Sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 6.2K USD
ws3 Beautiful ET68 SS-VT / Waffen-SS Double Decal M35 Helmet
This is a huge size 60 beauty! I used to dream of getting one of these ETs with Pochers, in a huge size.
They just look nice. My personal one is unissued, and this one matches in batch number (4374), so I could have twins. But I won't for now. The shell is ET68, with the
milky feldgrau shade that seems to accompany the ones with Pochers on them, my observation. The finish is lightly worn with a hint of patina showing it is
79 years old. The decals are factory glue and lacquered CA Pochers, the party shield showing flaking in the upper area, possibly from stacking. It also shows heavy lacquer
applied, which may have contributed a degree of brittleness later on. The liner and strap are beautiful and untouched. The tip end of the strap is shortened. It is not a Carl Tesch
because I see no evidence of the SS-VA stamp that would be on a Tesch. This is a large, beautiful killer helmet, made around the same time in 1939 as the
ET with Pochers down below. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 18.5K USD
ws7 Top Shelf Minty SS M35 ET64 Double Decal Helmet
This is a classic,one-look original, iconic SS helmet that every M35 collector strives to own an example of.
The helmet is an ET64 with a heat lot number that loosely corresponds to mid-1939 manufacture. The dome stamp is 1939 dated and the minty liner is nicely
size marked 56. The decals are the CA Pocher manufacture, which is to be expected in roughly half of the 1939 helmets produced by ET, especially later '39.
The paint is fine with storage scuffs and light wear. The decals are superb with full glue and lacquer application technique on display. The long end of the chinstrap is missing,
allegedly removed at some point by the veteran (this is a vet family purchase). Don't pass this beauty up--you will not have to upgrade this category of helmet.
Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD 20K USD
ws20 Q66 M35 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. 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 12.3K 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.
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 7.7K USD
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 8.2K 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.
Section 2. SS Helmets of the Mid-to-Late War Period
--Model 1940 and 1942, 1941 zum Kriegsend
ws1 Waffen-SS M42 Single Decal Combat Helmet
This is from my personal collection; an ET (ckl)62 (shell size stamping says 64, but it's definitely a 62, with proper size 54 liner, untouched original to the helmet).
with 99% medium texture finish and a classic ET pattern runic shield. The liner and strap are mint, factory installed, and untouched. Nearly impossible to upgrade. This one won't last long,
and sale includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity. For the interest of fellow collectors, I've included a picture from a private collection of an identical
CKL M42, same lot number, same mismarked size (ckl64, but is actually a 62 shell, outfitted with 55 or 54 liner size. Very interesting and just like anything else in a wartime
economy, it is not difficult for us to understand how the Eisenhuttenwerke Thale factory would make the relatively insignificant, tiny adjustment necessary to get these otherwise perfect helmets
issued to soldiers who need them. For me, anomalies like this are an historical bonus and make collecting fun!)
ws6 Waffen-SS Combat Former Double Decal Helmet
This helmet is one that deserves special mention because it represents one that has been with the SS since the first part of the war, then refurbished and re-decaled
with a fine CA Pocher rune, then back into combat for a lengthy period of time. Every aspect of it shows the wear and age of prolonged combat use. The size 56 M40 style liner and strap are original untouched
to the piece. The heavy dark feldgrau is painted atop a rough texture reissue finish. The air vents are caked with paint but are clearly M35. The maker and heat lot number are coated with paint and illegible.
Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity 8K USD
ws21 Waffen-SS EF M42 Combat Helmet
Better pictures added-- The helmet is an EF64 M42 with the expected EF pattern runic shield. Condition overall is very good-plus, with no flaws.
Strap is not present. A decent combat helmet opportunity, perfect to top off a 1943-44 combat display. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD 5800 USD
ws32 Superb, Larger Size Waffen-SS Oakleaf Camo Helmet Cover
This offering is for a very nice mint example of the second pattern W-SS helmet cover,
in eichentarn muster. The stitching is exactly the expected, correct method with imperfections and anomalies associated with
old fashioned machine stitched items from the wartime period. The colors are vivid, and the construction of the cover includes use of plain-tree scraps as
spring channels on the autumn side (see photos). The pull-tails for installation of the spring anchors still remain untrimmed. The rocker clips are grey
steel with correct peening of the rivets. There is no discernable size marking on the rear of this one, but it fits nicely on a size 66 M42 shell for reference.
All in all a one-look beauty that can't be upgraded. Price includes my 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity SOLD 8K USD
ws34 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 SOLD
and comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.