I recently purchased this outstanding-conditioned helmet directly from a local family. The helmet retains 98% of its original gray finish and is completely dent-free. The only wear to the finish is directly at the top where it has been laid in place, up-side-down at times The four early style spanner rivets are all in place and are unturned. The Luftwaffe eagle decal with clutched swastika is in choice condition, rating at least 98%; it has one minor scratch at about the center of the top right wing.
The inner right rim is stamped with the maker and size, "ET 68". The run number is stamped into the center reverse rim, "5060". The original leather liner is in excellent condition with all rubber padding in place between the aluminum inner rim. The leather is a darker brown color and is still supple. Ink-stamped in a rectangular are the liner details, "Kopfweite Gr. 57/ Stahlhaube Nr. 68". Stamped on the opposite side of the liner is the maker name and address, "Karl Helsler/ Berlin C2/ D.R.G.M.". The special paratrooper gray leather chin strap is in excellent condition and is complete with the adjustment buckle and all snaps.
A fine-conditioned, untouched, Fallschirmjäger helmet which has never been in a collection. This helmet is unconditionally guaranteed original.
Near Mint. $8,900.00
This Army Officer's Peaked Cap is a real deluxe quality example, having a nice soft, doeskin material. There are no moth holes anywhere on the doeskin. The cap is piped in white, which signifies it belonged to an infantry Officer. The lower band has a fine green color, also showing no damage anywhere. The cap eagle is an open winged, aluminum type, with the eagle looking to the viewer's right. The bird clutches a wreath with mobile swastika in its talons. The detail is outstanding throughout this insignia. On the band below is an aluminum wreath of oak leaves and acorns, and in the center is a separate insignia consisting of the Reich cockade. This cockade features a red felt center, with aluminum outside and black ending panel, having fluting throughout the surfaces. The Officer's cords are the aluminum bullion type, being attached with two pebbled aluminum buttons.
The visor a fine black patent leather type, having just the slightest of bit of crazing, but very little. The visor beneath is checkered with a tan color . The sweatband is a fine brown leather which is totally intact, having a small cloth bow on the reverse. The interior is a choice, tan silk color having a totally intact sweat diamond. The diamond has the name of the producer "T. SPERE". Above this are the words celebrating his 25th year: "MIT 25 JAHRE ". Below is the wording, "HUTE MUTZEN". The original officer's inked nametag is also in the slot, and if I am reading it correctly it says, "LT. MYER, I. R. 289". With this nametag, it would be possible to research this particular cap. As stated above, this cap is of finest quality, and in choice condition throughout. If you have a tunic to go with this it would make for a great combination.
Near Mint. $1,195.00
This Luftwaffe NCO's Peaked Cap is in very choice condition throughout. The cap is made of a gray woolen whipcord material, and is in beautiful condition, with only one tiny, little nip that is on the right edge of the cap. It does not show however, and is very miniscule. The fine blue wool cap is piped with yellow cords, indicating that the cap was used by flight personnel. The center upper insignia is an aluminum Luftwaffe eagle, flying to the viewer's right, clutching a mobile swastika in his talons. The detail is exceptional throughout this insignia. On the webbed band below is an oak leaf wreath, which is winged. This aluminum insignia has a cockade in the center, which is three staged, having a red middle area.
The brim below is a patent leather type, showing little to no age. The chin strap is matching patent leather, having two adjustment buckles. This chin strap is also in very fine condition. The inside of the cap has a mint conditioned leather sweat band. The interior of the cap is a rust colored, canvas like, material with a completely intact sweat diamond. The diamond has come loose from the stitching at the top area, but there is no loss of the celluloid material. The cap is marked with the size, "58". In the center of the diamond is the name of the company, "CHRISTIAN HAUG/ BERLIN NO. 18". There is also a logo which is round, having a serrated inside. Across the center of the logo are the capital letters, "CHRIHA". Above and below this are the quality words, "GUT UND DAUERHARFT. A very, very, fine Luftwaffe Peaked Cap which would be an outstanding display with a proper tunic.
Mint Minus. $695.00
This M42 Naval Helmet shows some mild age to the finish, but overall, the original color is still there, rating at about 95%. On the left side, there is the remains of a gold naval eagle. There is no mistaking this eagle as a gold example, but unfortunately only remnants of the outline, as well as the bird and swastika remain. I would say that the decal is maybe 40-50%. However, you know for sure though, that you have a naval helmet here. As collectors realize, Naval Helmets are very difficult to come by.
This helmet has a a good leather liner with all tongues intact, and still having the original gathering string in the center. The chin strap is also all intact, with a buckle and hasp. One end of the strap has been stuck between the liner and helmet. I assume this is to keep it from flapping around, but I have left it "as is". This helmet is marked on the inner ridge "EF 64", and also has a run number at the inner back ridge, "1127". The name of the original owner is also lightly written in pen on the reverse of the liner, and it appears to be "Homath". A good helmet here, lacking in the decal, but nevertheless, it is what it is, and is priced accordingly.
This Gau-level Peaked Cap is in very choice condition throughout. The cap is made of a brown whip cord material and the fabric is flawless throughout. The piping is the wine colored style used for Gau-level appointees. The piping is in perfect condition throughout, with no nips. The band area below is done in a fine brown velvet, also being in perfect condition. The cap cords are a gold colored nylon type. It appears as though the cap cords were moved forward slightly, probably done during the period. There are signs that the two gold buttons were at one time slightly back from the position they are now in. I would think this could have been necessary if the original wearer chose to have the cords down to avoid the cap blowing off in the wind, and they were possibly too short. The gold political eagle is a beauty, positioned at the upper peak. This bird is highly detailed to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and raised mobile swastika. The bird looks to the viewer's right.
Directly below on the band is the Reich cockade, having a black enamel swastika with white circle, and red enamel in the background. The cockcade is surrounded by a wreath of gold oak leaves. The brim is a fine, brown patent leather. This leather is in choice condition throughout. This visor has no cracks or attic crazing in the surfaces, still having its original sheen. The area on the lower visor is a dull, brown color.
The sweatband is in good condition showing some usage, but it is still all intact. This sweatband has a maker name, "STIRNDRUSFIFREI", and below this is, "DRGM" and a series of numbers. The inside upper part is lined in a cream colored silk material. The original celluloid sweat diamond is still all intact, and written on the diamond is: "UNIFORM HAUS GOSS/ STETTIN /HOHENZOLLERN PLATZ 3 /SONDERKLASSE. This is an outstanding and highly collectible Gau-level Political Leader's Cap. It would make for great piece to complete a Gau-level uniform.
Near Mint. $2,995.00
This Forestry Warden Hat really a great looker. It is made of all wool, and is in a fedora shape, but having a rather racy look to it, as the left brim is turned up around the left edge, and throughout the reverse. This hat is in totally perfect condition with no mothing anywhere. The cap has two tucks in the front of it, and there is a brim which is of a slightly darker green than the rest of the wool.
The edge of the hat is trimmed in the same green wool. At the left side is what appears to be a cockade, which is surrounded with fine rabbit fur. Coming out the reverse of the cockade and rabbit fur is a tuft of boar bristles. The obverse front of the cap has a gold Forestry eagle. This gold eagle looks to the viewer's right, with open wings, clutching a swastika with a wreath.
The inside of the hat has no liner, but has a matching, green leather sweatband. The sweatband is marked in gold with the familiar Forestry/Hunting distributor, "W. MICHOVIUS/COTTBUS". This Michovius distributor apparently had a fine hunting shop in the town of Cottbus. We also see many fine Carl Eickhorn hunting daggers which are marked with this distributor's name. A great opportunity here to put this hat on display next to a Deluxe Forestry Cutlass. What a beautiful pair the two would make!
Near Mint. $895.00
This Luftwaffe M-42 Helmet still has a good,dark gray finish throughout the helmet surfaces. It shows age and usage, but basically the finish is all still there. The Luftwaffe single decal shows an eagle which is in about 90% condition. The tip of the left wing has been rubbed off, and there are a few very minor spots throughout the eagle's feathers, but overall the depiction is still in good condition. It depicts an eagle flying to the viewer's left, clutching a mobile swastika in his right talon.
Since this is an M-42 helmet, the edges are the type that are not rolled. The stamping on the inner brim which gives the the maker's initials, and the helmet size "ET 66". The run number stamped into the reverse of the helmet is "1651". The liner is still in the helmet, but unfortunately, about half of the liner on the obverse area has broken loose from the area where it is held in position under the sweat brim. It's possible that someone would be able to fix this, but frankly, the leather is fairly well aged out. The tongues are still intact, a couple of them having 'pull throughs' where the once present cord was strung. The chin strap is also gone to time. This is a shame about the liner, but is the helmet is priced accordingly.
This Civilian Police/Fire Helmet has good original black paint. It covers at near 100%. The helmet is the lighter weight civilian style having two sets of air vents on each side. The left side of the helmet has the shield with police insignia. The shield and insignia are a silver color. It portrays a wreath of oak leaves with an open-winged eagle with swastika superimposed. This decal is about 95%. The right side has the political insignia consisting of a red background shield with white round field and black mobile swastika. The inside of this helmet has a white leather liner. The liner is in fairly good shape although the drawstring is missing. The matching white center padded head protector is also in place. The original chinstrap is with the helmet having a white leather inside with black outside. This liner is also complete with the original spear like leather tabs which were used to retain a neck protector during fires. A decent helmet here which displays well.
Excellent Plus. $495.00
This RAD M43 Cap was acquired directly from the veteran family, having a Black Wound Badge attached to the obverse peak of the cap. I doubt that it was worn this way, but maybe it was, as it appears that the badge has been on the cap since the war. The cap is an olive drab color, made from a whip cord style wool. It shows age and usage, and there is a moth nip on the lower right brim edge. Other than this though, the cap is still in good condition. It is the style cap that has the ear flaps folded down, and they are buttoned together on the front with an olive drab, pebbled button. Inside of the cap is lined with a brown, whip cord material. There is ink stamping inside, which identifies the RAD brigade, "RAD. Bn 8 42". Above this, there appears to be a maker mark stamping, which is illegible, along with a "size 56". Beneath this, is another stamping in large letters, "742". A very good RAD example here, and there is no extra charge for the Wound Badge.
This Tropical Pith Helmet is in fairly good condition overall. It is the type of helmet that has the wool felt covering throughout the outer area. The covering is in perfect condition except for a small spot on the breather button at the top. This hole in the fabric is about the size of a pencil eraser. Also, as is common with these helmets, the lower portion of the brim reinforcement was beginning to shred a little. We repaired this accordingly and it looks pretty good. The helmet is complete with the original side insignia. The left side has the Wehrmacht eagle which is the bird with half-closed wings clutching a mobile swastika. The bird is in aluminum color with a black background. On the red side is the national emblem which is a seal consisting of the colors black, aluminum in the middle and red on the bottom. The chin strap is intact on this pith helmet.
The inside has a fine leather kidskin sweatband. The manufacturer's initials have been embossed into the surface on one side, “JHS”, which of course stands for Johann Hückel´s Söhne, from Neutitschein in Moravia Turning the sweatband inside out, the size, “57” and the date, “1942” are also there. The inside of the helmet is lined in a red felt. A good example here which displays well.
This Luftwaffe Pith Helmet is a light color canvas type having the air vent on the top. It is complete with the band going around the rim and at the lower rim there is a tan sewn leather covering. This protective covering is still in excellent condition with no wear to the surfaces. There is also a matching leather chinstrap with adjustable buckle. On the right side of the helmet is the national colors consisting of a shield having white, gray and red stripes running diagonal.
On the left side of the helmet is a Luftwaffe eagle being the later style clutching a mobile swastika. This eagle appears to be a brass base and has much of the original gilding still clinging within all of the recesses. This gilded eagle indicates the wearer was a line officer, silver eagles were worn by administrative. When I first saw this eagle I though it was a general’s type but we looked it up and found the proper wearer was a line officer. The eagle shows an appropriate amount of wear and looks absolutely period.
The inside of the helmet has a green color inner liner and the sweatband is a fine tan kidskin. The maker’s name and logo is embossed within the leather. It appears to be, “Wehraustungen C. Pose Berlin”. The inside liner is the usual red color and the brass portion of the lower air vent is also marked with this same maker name and location. The information is stamped into the rim. Folding out the kidskin sweatband the maker’s name and address is again rubber stamped into the inner leather along with a date, “1940”. Also the size of the pith helmet is stamped to the right, “57”. An outstanding opportunity here to acquire a rarely seen Luftwaffe line officer’s pith helmet in fine condition.
Near Mint. $1,000.00
This civilian fire/police helmet is an excellent example, having nearly 100% of its original, black finish. These helmets are double decal, and on the left side there is a shield with a police insignia. Age has turned the details of the decal a nice, golden color. The open winged bird clutching a swastika is positioned over a wreath of oak leaves, and there is a matching line that borders the shield. This decal has a few rubs on it, but overall, it is nearly 100%. The decal on the right side is also shield shaped, and is a red color with a white, round, field and black mobile swastika. The field has turned mostly yellow with age, and there is one rub to the three o' clock leg of the swastika, but otherwise it is all there.
Positioned on the top of the helmet, is an aluminum comb. The comb has a leather washer that runs the entire length underneath of it. The inner liner of this helmet is a nice, rich brown color, and is in good condition with the original drawstring still in place. One tongue has been ripped from the cord, but all the rest are intact. The original chin strap is a two piece type we don't see that often. There are two "Y" style straps, one on each side of the helmet, that connect in the center with a buckle and hasp. The very end of the chin strap is broken off and is gone to time. One of the straps was broken where it connects to the liner, but we were able to repair this, and it should stay in good condition. This liner is also equipped with the small leather spearheads that would have been used to attach a leather neck shield. A great looking helmet here, and rare to see them in this good of a condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $495.00
This double decal helmet is really in outstanding condition. There are no dents, dings or problems on the entire helmet and it has its fine original gray blue painted finish. The decals are also in outstanding condition. On the left side of the helmet is the Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer’s left clutching an open mobile swastika. There are a couple of extremely minor flakes and a small rub on the eagle but overall I believe this decal grades at least at 95%. It has turned a little bit of mild yellow color with age but not bad. The national insignia on the other side is in the shape of a shield and it has colors going upward from red, white and black. This shield is also all there only having some minor scratches in the surfaces but rating at least 95%. The edges of this helmet are the type that are folded over.
On the inside area on the right rim is the maker mark of the helmet, “Q66”. The “66” indicates the size of the helmet. On the reverse inner rim is the run number “3589”. The original liner is still in fine condition having all tongues being completely intact with a drawstring holding them closed. The tongue at the reverse area is stamped, “58” which is the size of the liner. This is a fairly good size helmet. This liner shows only normal usage and there is really very little staining and good tan color throughout. A very desirable double decal Luftwaffe helmet here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,695.00
This Luftwaffe NCO's Side Cap is the standard gray wool variety. It has a woven white eagle with swastika insignia sewn to the upper portion of the frontal area and on the center flap is a cockade which is made of woven material consisting of gray border, inner blue circle, inner white circle and, in the middle, a red color fabric.
There are no holes or problems with this side cap, but it does show some even wear as well as a little bit of staining around the edges which appears to have been from oil and grime accumulated from normal wear. The inner liner is a canvas-like material, also showing some wear. There is an original-to-the-period safety pin inside which I have left in place. A fairly good original example here showing some age.
This Black Cloth Side Cap has a standard design about it, having a fold at the very top and also having upward positioned earflaps. The material is cotton lined style fabric, being definitely black in color and not dark blue. On the inside there is a silk liner that is of greenish-blue lined material, having the lines being slightly darker. There is a size “53” stamped onto the inside. There are a few stains inside, showing light wear.
It is possible that this side cap could be one of the Werk issued examples from the DAF group, or it is also possible the side cap could have been worn by one of the women’s groups that helped with other organizations. Either way, a very nice looking cap here, definitely of wartime vintage. It also looks a lot like the cap that is shown on page 27 upper, in volume 2 of the Jill Halcomb book. This cap has no insignia, but the style looks identical. Whatever it is, it is of wartime vintage and a genuine article.
Excellent Plus. $250.00
This Luftschutz Helmet is the two-piece type and it is in about as nice a condition as you will find today. It has nearly 100% of the original dark blue color paint across its surfaces. Even the Luftschutz decal is nearly 100%. This decal displays open wings with acorns and oak leaves in the center covered with a mobile swastika. Above the swastika is a banner, “Luftschutz”. The helmet has two sets of air vents on each side of it and at the center area there is a rim which connects to the lower rim area. As mentioned above this paint is nearly 100% showing very little usage.
The original black leather chinstrap is in choice supple condition having its two adjustment buckles intact. The inner liner is a fine tan color and is really new like. This liner is still nice and soft and has no staining at all from greasy hair. The original drawstring seems to be there although it is broken. The liner itself has some stampings on it, one being probably the name of the company that made the liner “Werkauftschetzleitumg / G. & W. Heller, Wien”. Also the liner is stamped with a numeral “2”. The reverse of the helmet is factory stamped “RR2 3811”. Additionally there is a painted nomenclature which gives the details of the helmet and also gives its size, “56”. If you are looking for a really fine conditioned Luftschutz helmet this one should fill the bill.
Mint Minus. $595.00
This Luftschutz Helmet is in such a condition as it could not have been worn more than once or twice. The helmet is the two-piece style and it has good rich color original factory blue paint. Other than a couple of minor signs of being around this paint is in near mint condition. There are a couple of chips on the rim beneath the chinstrap but that is really about it. The decal on teh front is still nearly all there rating at about 95%. The decal features a pair of wings with oak leaves and acorns in the center with a mobile swastika superimposed. Above the swastika is a banner “Luftschutz”. The original black leather chinstrap is in choice condition resting over the brim. It has the two adjustable buckles.
This two-piece helmet has a rim in about the center to which connects the lower rimmed section of the helmet. There are two sets of air vents on each side of the helmet. The inner liner still has the fine tan new-like leather color tone to the tongues. The tongues are in near mint condition having a drawstring in the center which may or may not be the original one. At the rear of the helmet on the inner rim it is stamped “PL2 39-20”. Below this the original decals which give the helmet specifications are all there to include the price “RM8” and the size “58”. This is a pretty large helmet. The number “58” is also rubber stamped on one of the liner tongues. A great helmet here and perfect for a RLB collection. This helmet would really look nice displayed next to an RLB Officer's or EM dagger.
Mint Minus. $595.00
This Luftschutz Helmet has overall, nearly all of the dark blue paint. It does have some scratches and usage signs throughout, but the paint grades at least 90-98%. The helmet is the standard two-piece style. There is no decal on the front of this helmet and it does not appear that there ever was. The inside of the helmet has the good, tan colored, liner with all pieces intact. It shows some minor wear and there is a rawhide style pull cord, which may or may not be original. The original black leather chinstrap is in place above the brim. It has the decals in the back, which stipulate that it is a Luftschutz helmet and that it is a size “56.” Additionally, the inner reverse rim is stamped, “RL2-38-28.” This is a good display example remaining in collectible condition.
Excellent Plus. $185.00
This Fire Police Helmet appears to be very early to me, as it has several different features that are not seen normally. The helmet has a good black paint that covers at 100%. The paint shows only minor age. There are also traces at the top of the helmet that appear to be filled-in slots that at one time may have accommodated a comb. Apparently, the comb was removed during the period. The helmet has double decals, the right side having the red shield with white field and mobile black swastika rating at least 98%, and the left side having the police shield that has a silver line around the border and features the wreath with open winged eagle clutching a swastika within a wreath. This insignia has about 95% remaining.
It is interesting to note that above both of the decals there is a dual set of separate piece air vents. Each of these applied air vents has 7 holes. The later helmets, of course, simply punched the holes into the side of the helmets and did not bother with a separate fitting. A good looking outside here. The inside liner is also still in excellent condition. All of the tongues are in place, and there is also the original drawstring. This helmet has the little leather pieces that would have retained a fire shield around the neck. The straps, though, do not have the usual points that we see on the later types. These leather straps, that would retain the neck shield, are different from the usual, being held curved at the end by small leather straps. I’m not sure just how these would have affixed to a fire shield.
The inside of the helmet has a leather pad, which is also in excellent condition. This pad is marked in black ink, “ABL5”, which would have represented the group this fireman belonged to. His name is also inked below the abteilung noting, being “Groftsey”. Also, the leather chinstrap is in place and this black leather is also in excellent condition. An interesting helmet here for those that collect these things. I’ll bet this model form is missing from most Civilian Fire Police helmets.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $595.00
This Luftwaffe NCO Side Cap is the normal gray Luftwaffe color. Other than some normal age and mild wear, the fabric is still perfect throughout with out any mothing. The obverse of the helmet has an NCO style eagle done in white woven material. The eagle flies to the viewer’s left and grasps a mobile swastika in its talons.
Below the eagle on the rolled front section of the helmet is a sewn style cockade having colors of red, white and black. A good outside here. The inside of the side cap is lined in a silk fabric being of a tan color. This silk is also in perfect condition being slightly stained around the brim areas.
A good conditioned Luftwaffe example here, one that shows wear from the time but still very collectible.
This Ortsgruppe Political Leader's Peaked Cap is in choice condition throughout. The bill of the cap had come off when I first acquired the cap and I had the bill resewn as well as replaced the original leather band with another original band. The sewing and so forth is absolutely perfect and in keeping the way it was done in the past. The original RZM tag is still in place beneath the sweatband. It is a brown color with a stamping of “27” with a run number of “324529”. The outside of the cap is in perfect condition except for a couple of very tiny nips on the blue cord at the nine o’clock and also the three o’clock position. These do not show from the front at all.
The whipcord fabric of the hat is in fine condition throughout. The peak at the top has the gold political eagle having wings spread outward and facing toward the viewer’s right clutching a wreathed mobile swastika. Below is the fine brown velvet also in perfect condition. Applied is the political leaders special cockade with the raised black swastika in the center and red and black enamel on the outer ring. The wreath is composed of golden oak leaves. The cap cords are a nylon type and are in good condition. As mentioned, the brim was resewn and the sweatband replaced with an original example. The inside of the cap is silk lined with a yellow color silk and the original diamond celluloid sweatband is still in perfect condition.
A very fine Ortsgruppe Political Leader Peaked Cap, which rates in Near Mint condition.
Near Mint. $995.00
This Fire Protection Police Officer Cap is in choice condition being a very dark blue wool. I didn’t know what the cap was when I first acquired it from a family but fortunately Bill Shea put me on the right path here and I have properly identified the cap. This cap is really in near mint condition throughout having no mothing anywhere. It is piped with an aluminum cord which has a slight blue tinge to its color. At the obverse top of the cap is a police insignia with a cockade above it. The insignia is on a blue cotton background and it is a blue tinge color to the thread showing an oval of oak leaves in the background with an open-winged police eagle superimposed clutching a wreathed mobile swastika. Above this sewn emblem is the black, white and red cotton sewn cockade.
The cap is equipped with flaps which have two buttons on the front. The buttons show a little bit of wear to the blue color revealing the pebbled aluminum beneath. The cap has a green leather sweatband in the obverse which is stamped, “Qualitats / Marke”. The inside liner is a fine color gray silk in perfect condition which is stamped in the center with the hat size, “57”. There are also two silk strips sewn on each side at the ear portion which I guess were used to pull the cap on and off. A real beauty here and I think a fairly rare hat.
Near Mint. $595.00
This Black SS Panzer M43 Cap is made of what feels like a cotton material, having a mild bulk to its weight. It is in the traditional shape of the M-43, with peaked forward top, and ear flaps which are closed at the front with two buttons. Applied to the obverse, front area, is a black trapezoid, which has a woven SS eagle, and a skull directly beneath it. The eagle is beautifully done, looking to the right, and clutching a mobile swastika in its talons. The detail is outstanding throughout this bird. Directly beneath is a smiling skull and bones. The cracks in the skull extend across the top with outstanding, slightly oval eyes, and an upside down heart shaped nose. The teeth are very pronounced, as are the endings of the crossed bones.
The upper area of the cap is the only flaw on the outside. There was a small tear in the surface about one inch long. It reflects period sewing, and although it is not a great job, it is definitely original to the period. The inside of the cap is lined with a gray, textured, cotton material. The cut in the top of the hat also extends through this material which was not sewn closed, as the cut is still there. The cap is ink marked with the size "58". The inside liner of the cap shows only mild sweat stains. The inside brim appears to be some sort of a cardboard/masonite material of a nearly matching gray color. This Panzer SS Cap recently came from a family through an antique dealer in northern NJ. I had it checked out through other experts on SS caps, and it is 100% original. This is a great opportunity to obtain a period, rarely seen, SS M-43 cap.
Excellent Plus Plus. $1,995.00
This Luftwaffe Officer's Peaked Cap is in very fine overall condition. It has a classic "saddle shape" and is constructed of excellent quality blue wool fabric. There is no mothing or any flaws in the fabric.The cap is piped in aluminum cord at the top and also on both edges of the band. The outstanding Luftwaffe eagle and swastika is the "drooped-tail early variety and is produced of aluminum weave - an outstanding insignia here. The winged cockade insignia is also produced of all-bullion, aluminum weave, with red dot in the center. The cap cords are of matching bullion. The center band is a fine black color woven fabric.
The outside brim has a fine black patent leather finish with no crazing. The underside of the brim is a smooth surface being a green color. The gray leather sweat band is in fine condition with small silk bow mounted at the reverse seam. The stitching has come loose at the front of the cap brim, but there are no rips or rot to this leather. The inside of the cap is lined in a tan silk. The sweat diamond is totally intact and still has the silvered maker identification details, "Verkanis-Abteilung der Luftwaffe/ Berlin SW 68/Pultkamerstr.16/18". Below is a diamond with silvered lettering, "Erel/Sonder Classe" and also, "Private".
A very fine, original Luftwaffe Peaked Cap here.
Near Mint $1995
This RAD Enlisted Man's Field Cap is constructed stoutly of all wool. It has a few signs of moth damage but they are only surface hits, as they are not really any holes in the material. This RAD Cap is made with flaps that do not fold down; they are sewn stationary at the obverse and reverse. The top center of the hat has a “V” style formation for folding.
The obverse lower portion of the cap has a sewn RAD insignia, with very good detailing visible. The background is a tan color and it features two shafts of white wheat with brown colored thread and a shovel device with red border and black swastika. The inside is lined with a brown cotton material.
A first-rate RAD EM cap here, a must for any RAD collector
This Luftwaffe helmet originally started its life as a double decal, as it is an M35. Apparently, during the war, they could not produce new helmets fast enough, so original old ones were revamped and reissued. This is the case with this example. The finish of this helmet is a blue-gray paint and there is quite a bit of age on it, and some of the paint is missing. It rates at about 80%. There is a later style Luftwaffe decal on the left side. This decal is about 85% and has a good depiction of the eagle flying to the viewer's left, clutching a swastika. If you look closely, you can see where the original decal was underneath this decal and, if you look on the right side, you can see where the original national insignia also was in place and was painted over. This is very interesting to me, and I hope that the next owner of this helmet will also find it fascinating.
The inside left rim stamping is mostly illegible because of the second paint job. Only "147" is visible. On the reverse rim, the stamping can be seen 5331". In addition to this, in white paint, is the original owner's surname, "Frühlich". The white paint has yellowed with age, but possibly this could be enough for a research project. The leather liner in this example still has the original drawstring but it is quite dark and shows a lot of age. The size of the liner cannot be seen, but this helmet appears to be fairly large. I am sure that the helmet expertsout there could tell you a lot more about this piece, but this is all I can glean on my own.
A good collectible example here, which is untouched.
This M-42 helmet is a nice example. It has excellent blue gray paint to the outside being in a near mint state having only a little bit of scratching to the very top dome area. The Luftwaffe decal is also an outstanding example which I believe to be at about 98%. This bird flies to the viewer’s left and clutches a swastika in his talons. This helmet, of course, is the sharp rimmed variety made in 1942. It is stamped on the inner rim, “T64”. This gives the manufacturer initial as well as the helmet size. On the reverse inner rim there is a run number of, “2620”. The inside liner is all there and in good condition. All the tongues are intact and there is a piece of rawhide which is stringing them all together. This may not be original but the rawhide has definitly been there a long time. The chinstrap is missing from this helmet but there is also a piece of rawhide put in place of it. This also has been there a long time. A fine original helmet here in very good collectible condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00
This "gladiator helmet" has a fairly nice original blue surface. It has a few “pecks” and “chips” at the upper portion where it has been rolled around on hard objects, and there is a little bit of paint missing around the left side of the brim area, but overall, this paint is a lot better than most of them. I would say that the paint is about 95%. The helmet has a flared lower area that is bent over at the rim. There is a fine decal at the obverse, being a set of wings with oak leaves and acorns in the center, and a swastika positioned in-between. Above the swastika is a banner, “Luftschutz”. The inside liner is still in good excellent condition, having all intact tan tongues, with what looks to be the original drawstring. The chinstrap is also in place, being a leather type with adjustable buckles. The helmet has two sets of vents on each side of it. A good conditioned item here, and if you are collecting these various types, I’m sure that this would be a fine example to display.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $495.00
This Peaked Cap is a fine doeskin wool type. The wool is in outstanding condition throughout the cap having just one track on the top near the rear and a tiny little nip next to this track. Other than this there are no holes in the cap. The rim is also a fine example having good dark green contrasting color. The cap is piped in the red cord indicating that this was worn by an artillery officer. The peak area has an aluminum open-winged eagle clutching a swastika and looking to the viewer’s right. This is a well detailed bird. Below the eagle is the wreath of oak leaves and acorns in matching aluminum having an aluminum cockade in the center. The cockade has a black outside with white serrated inside and the inner circle is a red wool.
Below this is a good set of aluminum cap cords. The brim still retains its bright patent leather sheen. This brim is in complete perfect condition. Beneath it is a light tan color having checkering in the surfaces. The leather sweatband shows a little bit of wear around the rear and side areas where the cap was slid on to the original owner’s head but it is not bad. Other than this the leather sweatband is in choice condition being a tan leather. The original celluloid diamond sweat shield is all there. It has an interesting maker marking that features a silver immobile swastika at the top over the firm’s initials, “J.D.S.”. There is also a two line quality saying below this. The inner liner is a fine off-white silk. An outstanding artillery officer’s cap.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00
This Luftwaffe Side Cap is made of all-gray wool. The wool is in good condition throughout, having no moth holes or problems. There is a slight discoloration to the material at the brim area where the hat meets the hairline. The obverse of the hat has a hand-sewn Luftwaffe insignia consisting of a white bird flying to the right carrying a swastika in its claw. Below this, on the front of the brim is a thread-made cockade. This cockade has a white border with a black inner rim, another white rim and red center.
The inside of the cap has a lighter whipcord heavier style material and I see a few numbers still vague on the surfaces but no other markings. A good original Luftwaffe example here showing some age, but still all there.
This Peaked Cap is made of whipcord style cloth and it is in choice condition throughout with no moth holes anywhere. The cap is piped in white cord and the cord is also in perfect condition. The band is the usual darker green felt style material. There is an open-winged aluminum army eagle at the center of the peak. The bird looks to the viewer’s right and has good detail throughout grasping a swastika. Below is the cockade composed of a wreath of oak leaves and acorns and in the center the cockade itself is of red felt with dual silver circles around it and a black serrated round border in the background. The patent leather brim is in choice condition throughout having no crazing and still has its bright original sheen. There is a fine set of patent leather cap cords above complete with the two adjusting buckles. The lower brim is a brown color having a checkered finish. The interior is a fine rust color material. The sweatband is in good condition throughout with no tears. The area beneath the celluloid diamond is stamped in ink, “54” indicating the size of the cap. There is about 30% of the original celluloid diamond remaining. A very nice cap here and perfect if you have a nice infantry NCO uniform to show it off with.
Near Mint. $695.00
This Army Peaked Cap has outstanding whipcord field green wool material. This whipped cord has no mothing anywhere throughout the hat. The upper and center portions are piped with white cord indicating that this cap was worn by an infantry NCO. The band below has a good dark green wool surface and this too is in perfect condition. The patent leather chinstrap and brim are in good condition. The chinstrap still has most of its original sheen and the brim is just a little bit duller from time and shows a slight bit of attic crazing but not bad. At the peak of the cap is an aluminum army open-winged eagle insignia. This bird has exceptional detail and looks to the viewer’s right clutching a wreathed mobile swastika. Below in a two-piece construction is an oak leaf and acorn wreath surrounding a Reich cockade. The cockade has a black outside aluminum circular inside and has a red round felt insert in the center. The inside of the cap has a tan collared under brim which is checkered. The leather sweatband is in perfect condition throughout and is ink stamped, “8./J.R.88/I”. The inner top area is a rust colored canvas like fabric and has a 100% intact diamond celluloid sweat shield. Beneath it is marked “54” indicating the size of this fine cap. A very nice example here.
Near Mint. $650.00
This Coal Miner’s peaked cap is in fairly nice condition throughout but the insignia has been removed. The crown upper part of the cap is all produced in black wool. There is no mothing and the wool is in excellent condition. The cap is piped with red cord and there is no damage to the red cord anywhere. The lower band is made of black velvet. The brim is a patent leather type having some minor crazing on the surfaces but not bad. The chin cords are also patent leather, showing minor age and crazing but it is all there. The lower portion of the brim is brown with a checkered pattern. The inside sweatband is a little stiff but it is not torn and is still in place. The inner liner appears to be a brown canvas-like material. It has a celluloid diamond sewn to the center. It has the producer’s name in blue “Pekünge” and below “Deutsche/Qualitats/Arbeit”. There are also some markings with logos and a date of “1890” which was probably when this producer began. The name tag of the original owner is still in the diamond slot. The tag reads in pen and ink “Klemens Becker Kotzenroth”. A nice cap here and it should not be too difficult to find the coal miner’s crossed hammer insignia as well as a cockade insignia.
This NCO Cap is a fine whipcord wool. There is no marking on any of the surfaces of the cap. There is one small “nip” down at the rim edge, but that is the only fault I see in this fine wool. The cap is piped in dark blue indicating that it was worn by a medical affiliated soldier. The band is a fine darker green felt. There is a nice looking higher quality silver eagle at the obverse peak. This bird looks to the right and has outstanding detail throughout his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. There is a tiny bit of the copper flashing below that shows at the top of the peak, as well as in some areas of the wings and the wreath. Below the bird is an aluminum wreath and cockade. The wreath features higher detail oak leaves and acorns, and the cockade has a black outside with white double rims and a red felt center area. Below the wreath is an NCO patent leather adjustable chinstrap, as well as a black brim. The brim shows only the slightest of age but is in excellent, still shiny condition. The brim below is checkered and has a brown surface. The inside of the hat is an orange-tan color that appears to be some type of satin material. The sweatband that runs around the hat is still in choice condition. The original celluloid sweat shield is almost totally intact with just a small piece missing at around the 4 o’clock area. The sweatband is marked “57”, being the size of the cap. A good looking NCO cap here, which would display very nicely.
This Coal Miner’s peaked cap is in very fine condition throughout. It is produced of a high quality wool. The wool is all of black color at the crown area and it is in perfect condition piped with red. The red piping is also perfect, with no signs of moth anywhere on this hat. The band below is a quality black velvet. In the center area of the crown, there is a set of silvered crossed hammers. They are the coalminer type hammers we see on the insignia from this organization. On the center of the band is a standard Reich cockade. It has a black serrated outside circumference with silver line circular with the middle being red velvet. The brim is an exceptional fine patent leather showing no cracking or crazing. This patent leather brim looks brand new! The patent leather chin cord does show a little bit of crazing and age, but it is not bad and is all there. The inside area of the brim is a light green color. The sweatband is a fine brown leather in choice condition. The inner liner has a yellow whipcord-like material with about 25% of the original celluloid diamond intact. This is the lower area that has the point and the slot for the maker’s name tag. The area above still has most of the original maker label intact. It is made by a company “A.M.Drees”. Beneath this are other letters which are beginning to wear. An extremely fine original coal miner’s cap.
Mint Minus. $595.00
This M-43 Cap is an officer’s Eastern People’s model, being in a tan wool. The wool is in perfect condition throughout with no mothing and the upper rim is piped with aluminum officer cord. The cap is built with ear flaps which do not seem to be the type that fold down. On the obverse front of the cap is a diplomatic style white woven eagle clutching a mobile swastika. The woven thread is on a brown woolen base. The inside of the cap has a lined cotton style material and the enter area is marked with the cap size, “57”. An outstanding cap here which is most difficult to find.
Near Mint. $1,395.00
This Luftwaffe M-42 Single Decal Helmet is about the best one that I have had to date. The original blue-gray finish is nearly 100% throughout and there are few signs of the helmet being abused since the war. The Luftwaffe decal is also a beauty. It has not yet turned yellow and other than a small flake around the tail area and a little bit on the swastika legs, the decal is nearly all there. I would say that this decal is at least 95%. The decal, of course, depicts a Luftwaffe eagle flying to the left clutching a swastika. On the inner right rim, the helmet is stamped “ET64”. The rear inner liner is stamped with a run mark, which is “1834”. The original liner is in very choice condition, being a nice, soft light tan pigskin. All of the tongues are perfect and the original drawstring is in place. One of the tongues is marked with the size of the helmet in a circle “57”. Unfortunately, there is no chin strap, but the condition of the rest of the helmet should make up for this shortcoming. A very fine example here.
Mint Minus. $1,195.00
This Luftwaffe M-43 EM Cap is a fine gray wool. The wool is still in excellent condition throughout with no mothing. It does show some wear and usage, but it is all there. The peak area has a triangular sewn on insignia consisting of a woven gray thread bird which flies to the viewer’s right clutching a swastika in its talons.
Below is a Reich cockade having the fine colors of black, white and red in the center. The cockade is still fairly bright because the earflaps of the cap button overtop of the cockade area. A pretty nice outside here. The inside of the cap has a gray silk lining showing quite a bit of head staining around the rim areas. On the center inside, it is ink stamped “1944” and size “58”. The issue numbers are in between the two “0/0501/0015”. A fine original Luftwaffe M-43 here.
Excellent Plus. $695.00
This German Army Russian Winter Cap is made of field green wool. The wool is in choice condition throughout with no mothing anywhere. This cap is equipped with rabbit lined earflaps. The rabbit is a white and brown color fur and it is still in great condition. The inside of the cap is lined with a cotton style ripcord material. Stamped on the inside is a rectangular with the issue numbers at the top “1/0450/0317”. Beneath this is the word “hersteller Nr.6” and below this is the size and the date the hat was issued “56” and “1943”.
On the obverse of the hat, if you peel back the fur you will find an army cap eagle. This cap eagle is in choice condition, being the aluminum type featuring an open-wing bird looking to the right with a clutched swastika within a wreath. This hat shows very little usage and probably never made it to the Russian front. A fine original item here that you could wear out on the driveway shoveling snow.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $495.00
This M40 Army Helmet has pretty good surface paint, showing a few scratches and a little bit of wear but overall, the paint is certainly 95%. There is also some homeowner paint which has been spilled on the helmet from long ago when it was stored in the way of a family job. There are three or four speckles of white paint with one drop which has run downward slightly. This paint could be removed if someone wanted to do so. The helmet is the type with built-in air vents and it has good rivets. The original decal on the left side has some missing portions around the lower area of the bird extending to the left wing and also over a portion of the swastika. About ¾ of the swastika, though, remains. Overall, this decal is probably about 75%. The helmet ha the rolled edge and on the back inside rim it is stamped “dn50”. On the left side inside rim it is stamped “es64”. The original liner is in place, still having its drawstring intact. The liner is in pretty good shape, showing little wear but being pressed into the form of a head. The chin strap appears to be a replacement, as the leather and buckle are unlike the original types that we see. I guess a replacement is better than no chin strap at all. A good helmet here to display with other Third Reich memorabilia.
This Luftwaffe Peaked Cap appears to be a conversion from an NCO type to an officer, as the chin cord buttons are the black NCO type that once would have retained a leather NCO strap. The hat is equipped with bullion chin straps, indicating that it was changed during the period. No doubt, this NCO was promoted to officer status. The cap is a fine gray ripcord material. This material is in perfect condition except for one little nick at the rear edge. The cap is piped in the yellow-orange color for the flight branch. The band is the normal black woven style material and it is in excellent condition. The cap is equipped with an aluminum Luftwaffe eagle which flies to the viewer’s right and clutches a mobile swastika. This eagle has outstanding detail throughout. The eagle is a slightly brighter color than the aluminum wreath below, an indication that perhaps this eagle was replaced after the war. As most collectors know, surrendering Luftwaffe and army personnel were often stripped of their cap insignia. As long as an original same vintage insignia was reapplied, there should not be a problem with this. The wreathed cockade below is the typical aluminum example with dark blue colored wreath and red painted dot in the center. The brim is the patent leather type, having excellent surfaces with very little age cracking and still some shine to the finish. The underside if the bill is a dark green color having a checkered surface. The leather sweatband inside is slightly hard from age but it is still in 1st class condition with no tears. The original diamond celluloid protector is mostly gone with just the part from the tip remaining. It is possible to see the hat size beneath this celluloid, “56”. The inside liner is a rust color canvas type material and in aluminum printing it has the name of the producer “Christian Haug/Beriln no 18/Hchstestr. 29”. There is also a round circular logo above this which in the center has the word “criha”. Presumably, this is an abbreviation of the maker’s name. This is in interesting cap, still in very collectible condition. I tried to price it in between what a decent NCO would go for and what an officer’s cap would sell for.
This Signal Officer’s Peaked Cap is a fine example, being made of ripcord material. There is no mothing on the ripcord anywhere. The felt band below has few moth tracks, but because of its dark color, it does not show. The cap is piped in the yellow cord for signals. At the obverse peak is an aluminum open-winged army eagle which looks to the viewer’s right and clutches a wreathed mobile swastika. The detail to the bird is excellent. Below is a matching aluminum cockade and wreath. The wreath consists of oak leaves and acorns with excellent detail and the cockade has the dark serrated outside with a red felt insert in the middle. The brim is a fine black patent leather. It still has most of the original sheen to the surfaces and shows very little crazing. The below brim is a matching black color. The cap is complete with the officer’s aluminum bullion chin cords which are attached to small pebbled aluminum buttons, one on each side. The kidskin tan leather sweatband is still quite supple throughout. There are a few wear signs on the edge of the front of the sweatband, but there are no tears. The cap is lined with a yellowy silk fabric and contains a full celluloid diamond. This is a nice looking officer’s cap here of a fairly good size.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
This helmet has quite a bit of wear to the black outside surfaces. It appears as though some paint or other foreign object got smeared across the top of it and there are also signs of this material along the sides. The helmet has the standard two sets of air vents on each side. On the left side, there is a shield shaped police insignia. The silver bird has open wings, clutches a wreathed swastika, looks to the viewer’s left and is positioned over an oval oak leaf wreath. There is some scratching to the insignia, but overall, it is at least 85% intact. On the opposite side, the national insignia, being the red shield with white field and black swastika has quite a bit of scratching and abuse. It appears as though the swastika may have been attempted to have been rubbed out. Overall, this decal is maybe 50%. The inside liner for this helmet is still intact and is complete with the leather neck shield. The liner and neck shield show wear but they are all still together. The tongues all are in good condition with the holes intact. The original pull string has gone to time. The chin strap is also still intact and is positioned within the inside of the helmet. It appears as though the end of the strap may be missing. Overall, this police helmet shows some abuse but if you are looking for a filler piece or something that you can purchase reasonably and still be authentic, this example is for you.
Excellent Minus. $195.00
This Forestry Officer’s peaked cap is made of fine wool and is completely free of mothing. It is a nice dark appealing color with a green piping. There is a fine saddle shape to this cap. The band area is made of a green felt-like material. The insignia at the top is an aluminum open-winged forestry eagle which looks to the viewer’s left. The eagle clutches an oak leaf wreath with raised out swastika. The detail to the bird is outstanding. On the band below is a fine bullion cockade and wreath. The workmanship to the oak leaves and acorns of the wreath is outstanding. The center cockade is a metal example having a black serrated outside with red felt center. The brim is a fine patent leather which is still nice and shiny, showing only the slightest of age. The officer’s aluminum cap cords are in place held by two small pebbled aluminum buttons. The inside sweatband is a fine tan kidskin. It has come a little loose on the right edge but this could be fixed quite easily. The inside of the cap is lined with a fine off-white silk. The original celluloid sweat diamond is in place and is still in totally intact condition. It is interesting to note that this cap was sold by the famous distributor that we see on hunting/forestry cutlasses all the tine “w.Michovius Cottbus”. It would be nice to go back in time and go to Cottbus to see what this shop must have looked like, as I have seen countless hunting forestry items coming from this place. The sweat shield is also marked “Sonderklasse” which I think means “Fine Quality.” The actual producer’s name is embossed into the leather sweatband, which appears to be “Stirandrachfrei”. An extremely nice cap here and certainly of interest to the hunting forestry collector. This would make a great side item with some of your cutlasses.
Near Mint. $895.00
This NCO Cap is probably from 1936, as that is the date that is inside. It is made of a fine wool material and there are no moth holes or any problems throughout the peaked cap. The cap is piped in yellow cord, indicating that this cap was worn by a member of the Flight branch. The aluminum insignia consists of an early droop tail eagle which is flying to the viewer’s right and clutching a mobile swastika in his talon. The detail throughout this bird is extraordinary. The band of this cap is the woven type black material. The cockade is also the earlier type and it consists of a winged wreath of oak leaves with the round national color cockade in the center. The cockade has a red middle with black color and plain color outside rings. The original patent leather chin strap is in place, having dual adjustment buckles. The patent leather has no crazing and is only slightly dull. The brim is also in excellent condition, having some minor crazing in the surfaces, but very little. This black colored brim has a green color lower portion which is checkered. The inside liner is a rust colored linen and although all the holes are still very visible, the diamond celluloid protector is no longer in place. The date “1936” is inked into place within a rectangle. Below this is the silver maker markings but they are thinning so I cannot read them. At the bottom of the diamond is the size of the hat “57”. The sweatband is a fine leather kidskin and folding it outward, it is interesting to see that it has the stampings of a flight school clearly visible within a rectangle “1.Fl.H.B.Kp.254”. There are other stampings which appear to refer to the same flight school. These stampings stand for “1st Fliegerhorst Betriebskompanie 254” (1.Aerodrome Operating Company). A really neat peak cap here and imagine the Luftwaffe history that goes behind the wearing of this cap. These early examples are not seen very often and this one is still in outstanding condition.
Excellent Plus. $695.00
This Army Helmet has a fine dark green finish throughout, having a couple of rub spots here and there, but overall the finish is quite good. The decal depicts the Wehrmacht eagle on the left side. The bird shows wear at the swastika area - in fact, the swastika is completely worn from the bird’s claws - but it doesn’t look purposeful and was probably just normal wear. Most of the rest of the bird is all there with a good silvery color. The helmet is marked on the inner rear rim “ckl 64” and beneath this is a factory run number stamped “3156”. The original chin strap is in good condition and is set in place above the rim. The inside pointed tip of the chin strap is deeply stamped “K.Larsen/Beriln/1939”. The liner on this helmet is in very fine condition, still having its good light tan color to the leather. The original pull string is in place and one of the tongues is marked “57”. Overall, a pretty nice helmet here.
This Luftwaffe Helmet has a good blue-gray finish throughout, showing only minor age. The Luftwaffe decal is on the left side and it shows substantial wear to the left wing with a couple of spots also out of the right wing. The bird and the swastika carried in his talons are still in good shape. Overall, this decal rates at about 65% - 70%. The helmet is marked on the left inner rim “ET64”. The chin strap is in good shape and is set in place above the liner. This chin strap is marked “R.Larsen Berlin 1939”. The headliner is in good shape except for the outer rim which has scuffing along the leather surfaces. All the tongues are there and the draw string is still in place. One tongue is marked with the liner size “57”. There is also a factory run stamping in the reverse inner rim “2005”. A good helmet to display next to a Luftwaffe dagger.
This Luftwaffe Helmet still has a good blue-gray finish throughout. The left side displays the Luftwaffe eagle with swastika decal. The decal shows some age but overall, it is almost still all there. This decal is about 95%. On the right side is the national emblem decal which shows a little more wear than the Luftwaffe bird. This decal is about 80% - 85%. This helmet is stamped on the left inner rim “EF64”. The reverse is stamped with a run number “3766”. The chin strap is original to the piece, showing quite a bit of age but there are no tears and it still is in place above the brim. The original liner also shows some age darkening to the leather but all tongues are in place and the draw string is possibly a replacement. A good double decal Luftwaffe helmet which would display well with a Luftwaffe dagger.
Excellent Plus. $1,495.00