HELMETS #39627C Model 1936 Allegmeine SS NCO's Peaked Cap
This cap is produced of very fine black wool which is completely moth-free. The same is true of the white cord around the brim and also flanking the band. The band area is composed of black whip cord fabric, also being moth free. Incorrectly attached to the peak of the cap is an Army silvered cap eagle - obviously, this eagle should be the SS type. The silvered skull insignia is in place and appears 100% original. The chin strap is the black patient leather type. It is in excellent condition being equipped with adjustable buckles. The brim is also of patent leather and is near perfect, having only a couple of minor crazing signs.
Somewhere along the line after the war, the brim stitching must have became loose, as it often does, and someone elected to have the brim re-sewn. This appears to have been done with an electric sewing machine, and since the thread also glows, the work was surely done post-war. The tan leather sweatband is in excellent condition with no tears. The rust colored liner is also in excellent shape except for the area directly behind the center face area, where the spring that is installed behind the liner that keeps the cap brim upward, has pulled through the material. The sweat diamond is a beauty being in crisp 100% condition. It is marked with gold SS runes within a circle. Above the runes is the hat size marking, "57".
Looking under the sweatband, the original cloth RZM tag is in place. It is black color cloth with white printing and has the number, "195" and the run number of #224757.
If there is an ardent collector out there that can procure the proper cap eagle and has the means to properly re-sew the brim, this cap would be a dynamite example, as the condition is really there. We have priced the cap about $2000 less than what it would be worth with the completed proper repairs.
A fine opportunity for the right person here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,500.00
HELMETS #39603 Eastern Peoples Officer’s Cap
At the top of the cap is an aluminum bullion officer’s cord that is sewn around the peak. The cap is equipped with earl flaps which appear to fold down, with no button to retain them.
On the front facing of the cap is an Eastern Peoples Government Official’s eagle. This eagle is woven from white thread, with open wings and an upturned head, clutching a wreath with a mobile swastika.
The interior of the cap has a rust colored cotton liner. It is stamped with the size, “57”. The interior of this cap is in perfect condition.
A very rare original cap here, and a great addition to any collection.
Near Mint. $1,395.00
HELMETS #39614 SS Overseas Cap with Silvered Skull Insignia
This SS Overseas Cap is somewhat odd as it has the SS skull insignia applied to the obverse. In addition the cap looks to me to be the style the Army wore, but I know that there are a lot of variants and unusual things that we see in this hobby. The consignor of this cap maintains that this is the way the cap came back.
This cap is in excellent condition, with just a single moth hole behind the flap on the right side. The rest of the cap is quite clean but for a single dirt spot on the left near the brim.
The liner is a gray, silk-like material, stamped with the size, “55”. There is also some illegible stamping on the opposite side and the number “14976” in ink.
I looked at the reverse of the skull (without taking it off) and could see that it is marked, “RZM M1/32”. This skull looks to be an original to me. It is is the silvered type and has good detailing throughout.
An unusual SS cap here.
Excellent Plus. $1,795.00
HELMETS #39540 Army Tropical Pith Helmet
This Army Pith Helmet is in very nice overall condition. It is covered with the tan colored canvas material seen on tropical pieces, in good shape but for a couple of stains at the top. The breather cap on top of the helmet is intact and in good shape.
The sides of the helmet have the two special insignia, consisting of a Wehrmacht eagle shield on the left side, in black and silver, and the National colors of black, silver, and red, also in a shield.
The original chin strap is intact and positioned above the brim. The leather edge of the brim is in great condition, with little or no wear on the bottom. Many times we see that this leather area is worn out; this piece is hardly touched at all.
The interior of the helmet is covered in red fabric, with a brass of the breather hole visible at the top. The leather kidskin sweatband is tan and is marked with a triangle on the outside. Flipping the liner up we see we see the size “55” rubber stamped, as well as the maker’s marking, “RG 1942”.
A very nice Pith Helmet here, in very fine condition.
Near Mint. $595.00
HELMETS #39554 Luftwaffe Artillery NCO’s Peaked Cap
This Luftwaffe Artillery NCO’s Peaked cap is constructed from gray wool and is free of mothing. It is very nice to see wool in this condition. It is piped in red, indicating that it was worn by an NCO involved with the artillery sections of the Luftwaffe.
The band is the black textured type, in good condition. The insignia is aluminum, being an eagle clutching a swastika and flying to the viewer’s right. Below, on the band, is the cockade, wreath, and wing insignia, also in matching aluminum. The original patent leather chin strap is in fine condition, with two adjustable buckles.
The brim is also patent leather, totally free of crazing and with a fine black color. The underside of the brim is a textured checkered green.
The interior of the cap has a rust colored covering and the sweat diamond is in perfect condition. This diamond is marked, “Christian Haug Berlin No. 18 / Höchstestr 29”. There is also a round insignia marked “Criha” and “Gut Und / Dauerfabrik”. I assume this refers to the quality of the hat. Below these markings is the hat size, “56 ½”.
Unfortunately the sweatband has been damaged; abut half of it is missing. Other than this the cap remains in very good condition and would make a could example to throw on a form with an Artillery NCO’s uniform.
HELMETS #39359 M-40 Single Decal Army Helmet
The single decal features a Wehrmacht eagle with half-opened wings clutching a swastika. This decal has a few very small missing pieces but is at least 85% intact.
This helmet has the original chin strap still intact over the brim. The original liner is also totally intact and in good shape, with all of the tongue and the drawstring. One of the tongues is marked “66” in a circle. The run number can be seen on the inner reverse surface, “D163”. I can’t see the size and maker on the center interior edge as it looks as though the original owner carved his name into the metal; it looks like “A. Mennikenn”. Although I am not sure of the size it looks like a medium/larger type to me.
A great Army Helmet here, in totally untouched condition.
Excellent Plus. $1,095.00
HELMETS #38970 Rural Police Shako
This Police Shako (as Rural examples are) is trimmed in an attractive blue patent leather. It is amazing to see that both the upper portion and the brims at both ends of this shako are still in new-like condition. The same is true of the brown chin strap.
The leather border at the bottom shows some age crazing but nothing that is threatening. The body of the shako is covered in green wool. There are some faint traces of mothing but no holes to be seen. The front of the shako bears a fine, open-winged aluminum Police eagle. This bird looks to the left and clutches a large, raised mobile swastika and is superimposed over a wreath of overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The usual vent holes can be seen on both sides.
The original plume is also attached to the shako, mostly of aluminum with red and black areas on the face.
The interior of the shako is just as fine as the outside. The underside of the brims are in green and the head liner is done up in tan pigskin which remains in new-like condition. The original drawstring is also in place. The liner is marked “53 ½”.
If you have a Rural Police Tunic that you would like to complete with a shako this piece is about the best you will see.
Near Mint. $995.00
HELMETS #38975C Imperial Bavarian Peaked Artillery Cap
This Peaked Artillery Cap is in choice condition with no visible mothing. The cap is constructed with a blue wool top that is piped in red. The band below is of black velvet and is also in extremely choice condition.
Adorning the upper portion of the cap is an upper cockade with the colors of the post-1918 Wiemar period while the lower cockade is the Bavarian type. It is possible that this cap was worn in the the early years of the Reichswehr; I understand that uniform components from the old army were allowed to be worn early into the 1920's.
The visor of this cap is of black patent leather and it remains in perfect condition, retaining the original shine. The interior head band is of tan leather and is in perfect condition. There is an old piece of hardware with marked with a “R”. Embossed on the liner in silver are the details of the maker, reading “Peküro”, “DRGM” and “Fr. Beuriger”, along with some German text. The interior liner is in tan and looks to be constructed of some type of hard board. There are two very small holes in this line but it is in otherwise choice condition.
If you are looking for a fine, unusual example this piece should be right up your alley.
Near Mint. $495.00
HELMETS #38976C Imperial Prussian Infantry NCO's Cap
This fine NCO's Cap is constructed of blue and red wool. There is some mothing on the top portion near the center front and more longer the edge where it meets the cord. None of this mothing is bad, however, and seems to be confined to this upper portion.
The face of the cap is in blue wool and the band is in bright red wool. There are tow cockades on this cap, the upper being the National type in red, white and black and the lower the Prussian type in black and white.
The visor is of black patent leather, showing some mild crazing mostly confined to the center of the brim.
Inside the cap there is a dark brown leather liner which appears to have be resewn at some point. This leather is in excellent condition. The markings on the tan inner liner where embossed in silver ta one top but most have been worn away. We can see the name of the town of “Torgau”; presumably the owner of this hat belonged to Infantry Regiment 72 of the 4th Thuringen as battalion 1 and 2 of this regiment were garrisoned at Torgau.
A nice display piece here, showing some period wear and restoration but in otherwise fine condition.
HELMETS #38814C M-35 Period Reissue Double Decal Helmet
This helmet started out is life as a double decal example, eventually being brought in for a reissue during the period. The reissue included a thick application of textured field gray paint. This paint remains 98% intact. The two decals were then reapplied over the new paint job.
The Army eagle is the “ET” style and has toned quite nicely. It is easily 98% intact. The same is true of the tricolor National Insignia on the opposite side. By the looks of the helmet and liner this piece was probably never issued after the refurbishment, as the interior is totally new-like.
The interior leather is a very fine light brown kidskin, in perfect condition and with the original drawstring. There is also a very fine original chin strap wrapped properly over the brim. The inside dome of the helmet is stamped “53”. The size of the helmet overall appears to be about a 60.
This outstanding and rarely seen helmet comes with a Bill Shea certification written back in 2012 when the helmet was purchased by my consignor. I will also include my own CoA upon request.
An extremely fine helmet here.
Near Mint. $2,995.00
HELMETS #38538C M-40 Double Decal Police Combat Helmet
The left side of the helmet has a fine Police insignia with a black background and a silver border around the shield. This decal is about 98% intact. On the opposite side is a red shield with a white field and a black swastika; this decal has mild scratches but is at least 95% intact.
The liner is a real beauty, still having a light tan color. The drawstring is in place as are all of the tongues. On of the tongues is marked “56”. The back edge is marked “Q54” and has a run number that appears to be “371”. The chin strap remains with the helmet but there is a small tear around the center, so caution should be taken when handling it. Other than this, though, the helmet is a real beauty.
Near Mint. $1,695.00
HELMETS #38317 East Asiatic Colonial Marine Infantry Enlisted Shako
This Shako is one of the rarest pieces of head gear that I have encountered in my career. I happened to be at the right place at the right time at the renowned Baltimore Antique Arms Show in March when this treasure surfaced.
The shako has the normally-seen hard leather top cover. The lower sides have matching black leather as does the reverse visor and the obverse visor, all in excellent condition with some age crazing, but nothing bad. The body of the helmet is made with a textured brown color leather with all of the finish intact, except for a couple of minor lifts at the rear. The shako has two round pierced brass ventilators, one on each side of the upper body.
The helmet is equipped with the Colonial face plate that features the striking Reichsadler of the German Empire. This brass-based eagle has a fine gilded finish. It depicts a fierce, open-winged bird with the crown of the Holy Roman Empire atop his head. A Prussian eagle adorns a shield on his breast, which in turn is overlaid with the shield of the house of Hohenzollern; this is one great-looking bird here.
Affixed in the slot at the top of the bird is the original officer-caliber plume having the national colors of red in the center and black and silver bullion around it. The plume is nicely patinated. The NCO-style leather strap is in good pliable condition with its two adjustment buckles. It connects to the brass side brackets.
The inside of the shako remains in choice condition. The still-supple liner tongues are all constructed of black leather, each with its intact original gathering hole, however the drawn string has gone to time. The inner reverse visor is stamped with the capital letters "B.A.O.", which I understand was the abbreviation for helmets meant for East Asiatic usage. Beneath is the year "1901".
Just think of it... The original owner of this shako was most likely involved with the historic Boxer Rebellion in Tsing Tao, where the Germans, of course, had their colonies established in this area. A lot of exciting history here! I believe this helmet to be of museum quality and a tremendous find for someone interested in head gear from this bygone time in German history. An opportunity to acquire a very rare helmet here.
Excellent Plus. $4,500.00
HELMETS #37434 Japanese Naval Landing Forces Helmet
The helmet retains a perfect shape with no dings, dents or damage. The obverse of the helmet is painted with a gold anchor indicating the Naval Landing Forces.
The interior of the helmet has three leather pads each equipped with a pair of tongues. One of these tongues has broken where the cord passes through it, but the other are intact with the original cord in place.
The chinstrap attached to this helmet is a cloth type which shows lots of wear but is still intact.
A good Japanese helmet here, showing off a bit of rough history but still very sound.
HELMETS #37424 Imperial M-16 Camouflage Helmet
This Imperial M16 Helmet is the style with the large “Frankenstein” style air vents. The helmet shows age throughout but most of the finish is still there. The finish is in a rather vague camouflage color, with tones of brown and green. There are no dents or dings on his helmet.
The liner of the helmet is original, with all of the tongues and the drawstring intact.
An interesting helmet here that appears to be in untouched condition.
HELMETS #37425 Single Decal M-42 Luftwaffe Helmet
This M42 Helmet has the sharp rim that is not bent over and the surfaces are painted Luftwaffe gray. The paint shows some age and scratching but overall is in good shape, rating at about 98% intact. There are no dents or dings in the helmet.
The single decal depicts the Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer's left and holding a swastika in his talons. The decal is easily 90% intact.
The liner of the helmet is in excellent condition, with all of the tongues intact and supple and with the original drawstring in place. One of the tongues is marked with the liner size “56”. There is a chinstrap on this helmet but I suspect it is either a replacement or a reproduction as it appears newer than the liner.
The left inner edge of this helmet is marked with the maker's initials and the size, “NS 64”. The reverse inner rim has a run number of “B295”.
An excellent Luftwaffe helmet here.
HELMETS #37429 Luftschutz “Gladiator” Helmet
This three-piece Luftschutz “Gladiator” Helmet is in about the best condition you could hope to see. The blue surface paint is nearly perfect, and still has a fine, bright tone. It is nearly 100% intact. There is a tiny slope ding in the reverse upper portion but it is hardly noticeable.
The Luftschutz decal is a very fine example, very nearly 100% intact. It features the open set of wings spreading from a central clump of oak sprigs. In the center is a mobile swastika. Between the wings is a ribbon bearing the word “Luftschutz”.
The original black leather chin strap is in place above the brim. The brim itself is actually in two pieces, making for a three-piece helmet.
The inner reverse rim has the deep factory stamping “RL 2 – 39 / 42”. There is the usual text underneath this stating the details of the Luftschutz and the address. The liner is in fine condition, being constructed of a good, soft leather, with all of the tongues intact along with the original drawstring. There are various names written within the helmet, which may have been the Luftschutz crew who wore this particular helmet.
This one is a real beauty, being one of the best examples I've ever seen.
Near Mint. $695.00
HELMETS #37430 M-40 Luftschutz Combat Helmet
This two-piece Luftschutz example is in the form of a standard combat helmet. The finish is the same blue that we see on any Luftschutz helmet. It has the organization's decal on the obverse. This decal has a few nips in the surfaces and some of the central swastika has been obliterated by a scuff. This decal rates at about 85% intact. The finish throughout the helmet is still excellent, showing only some normal scuffing and rating at about 98%.
The interior of the helmet has a very nice kidskin liner, with all tongues present and the drawstrings in place. One of the tongues is marked with the liner size “56”. The helmet is maker and size marked on the inner left rim “Q62”. There is also a run number on the reverse inner rim, “264”.
The original chin strap is a black leather affair complete with a buckle and hasp, along with a retainer loop to hold the end strap in place. This chin strap is also in near Mint condition, the same as the liner.
A very nice combat Luftschutz helmet here which is not see very often.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $495.00
HELMETS #37428 Double Decal Fire/Police Helmet with Comb
This Fire/Police Helmet is in really exceptional condition. The black painted surfaces are still 100% intact, showing only the most trivial signs of usage. The top of the helmet has a fireman's comb affixed to it. It is not the type with a nickel finish, but rather matches the paint on the helmet. It appears to have been finished at the same time.
The left decal features a silver open-winged Police eagle superimposed on a wreath of oak leaves. There is a matching silver outline in the shape of a shield. On the right side of the helmet is a red shield with a white field and a black immobile swastika inside.
The helmet has the usual two set of of ventilation holes on either side.
The interior of the helmet is just as nice. The liner is of all soft kidskin with all of the tongues intact and in great condition. The original drawstring is also in place. The black leather chin strap is also in position and in choice condition. It has the type of snap with the folding release button. The liner is marked with the size, “57”. A fairly large helmet here.
If you are looking for a Fire/Police helmet to add to your collection this example will show very, very well; it is one of the best conditioned examples you will see.
Mint Minus. $795.00
HELMETS #37440 Luftwaffe M-35 Double Decal Helmet
This helmet is a large size, with “ET68” marked on the inner side rim. It still has nearly all of the original blue-gray finish. There are only a few minor scuffs that may even clean out if someone wanted to take the time to work on it.
The helmet is the double decal type. Amazingly the Luftwaffe eagle on the left side is in nearly 100% intact. This bird has toned slightly over time, but that is to be expected and it still looks terrific. It flies to the viewer's left, clutching a swastika. On the right side of the helmet is the National insignia. This insignia has a few scuffs by also appears to be nearly 100% intact. It features the German colors of red, white and black. The white coloring has toned slightly, in much the same manner as the Luftwaffe decal.
The interior of the helmet retains the original liner which shows age and usage. The leather is beginning to shred at the obverse rim, but with proper care no further damage should occur. All of the tongues are present in the liner, however the drawstring is missing. The original chin strap is present but it is broken in the center; perhaps a good leather worker could repair this commonly seen flaw. The reverse inner rim of the rim has the run number “4400”.
A real beauty of a Luftwaffe M-35 here, one that I acquired in my area directly from the son of the veteran who brought it home. We do not see many M-35's in this kind of condition; the outside of this helmet is a stunner.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,795.00
HELMETS #37284 M-40 Luftwaffe Helmet
This Luftwaffe Helmet is in choice condition throughout. The blue-gray finish throughout the helmet is still in perfect condition and it is completely dent-free. As is the case with the Model 1940 the rim of the helmet is peened over the edges.
The decal on this helmet is really in fine condition, having few tiny spots where there are a just a few minuscule flecks missing. The eagle is nearly 100% intact, flying to the viewer's left and clutching a mobile swastika in his right talon.
The inside of the helmet is marked with the maker code “HKB62”; I could be wrong on this as the original paint covers the letters. The size is marked “62”, and the run number on the inside of the reverse rim is “924”.
The liner in this helmet is a very fine tan kidskin which shows no staining. There are a couple of minor nips around the edges, but the inside areas are still perfect to include all of the tongues and the original drawstring. One tongue is marked with the number “55”. Unfortunately there is no chinstrap attached to this helmet.
A great helmet here. If you are looking for an excellent piece to add to your display, this one will really work nicely.
Near Mint. $995.00
HELMETS #37243 M-40 Luftwaffe Single Decal Helmet
This Luftwaffe Helmet has an excellent outside, retaining a dark blue-gray finish. The Luftwaffe decal shows wear throughout the bird but most of the eagle is still there, to include most of the swastika. This decal rates at maybe 50 to 60%.
The inside liner is in excellent condition throughout, with all of the tongues intact. The original drawstring is still in place. The chinstrap has been lost to time. This helmet is marked “ET64” with a run number of “226”. There is no visible head size marking on the liner.
A good Luftwaffe helmet for display and a fine example for someone just getting started. It is almost all there and in good condition.
HELMETS #37166C Puch Werkfeuerwehr Helmet
This helmet is the standard civilian style Fire/Police variety, with a fine covering of black paint. The paint has only minor signs of usage, and is about 98% intact. The helmet has the standard two sets of air vents in each side.
The right side of the helmet has a decal of the Puch company applied it it. It consists of a shield with diagonal colors of green and white, set below the name of the company. A white border circles the logo and text.
The inside of the helmet has a great liner in perfect condition, complete with a padded crown. The drawstring, which appears original, is still in place. There is also a chin strap with a “push-in” style snap buckle, the first of the type I have ever seen on a Third Reich helmet. The helmet is stamped with the size “58” on one of the leather tongues. The liner is equipped with the leather “spears” which allowed a leather neck guard to be attached.
A nice helmet here, in very fine condition.
Near Mint. $595.00
HELMETS #37167C Henschel Werkfeuerwehr Helmet
This helmet was worn by factory fire/security personnel. It is a Model 1935 Fire/Police type, with dual sets of air vents on each side. The helmet also has a Police insignia on the left side, although the swastika has been scratched out. On the right side the National Insignia is still there, but nearly all of the decal has been scratched away. This one is from the Henschel firm. In addition to building many iconic German planes, Henschel was the sole manufacturer of the famous Tiger I and II tanks.
On the front of the helmet is the Henschel logo, consisting of a bird headed star with the letter “H” inside and surrounding by a circle. The helmet has three open holes on the crown to accept the placement of a comb. The black paint of the helmet is still in excellent condition, showing only mild scratches here and there.
The leather liner is in perfect condition, complete with the original drawstring and crown pad. One of the tongues is marked with the size “57”. The liner is equipped with the leather “spears” which acted to retain a removable leather neck shield. The liner is also marked with the name of well-known fire equipment producer Carl Henkel from Bielefeld. The logo of this company is also visible, having the firm's initials in a shield with a combed Fire helmet above it. The original chin strap is in fine condition.
Apparently the swastikas were removed after the war; regardless this is still a fine Werkfeuerwehr helmet.
HELMETS #37168C Steyr Werkfeuerwehr Helmet
The black painted finish is in 100% condition. The front of the helmet has the target logo of the Steyr firm. A very old firm, Steyr was a major producer of both armaments and military vehicles during the Third Reich, and was part of the enormous conglomerate that was the Reichswerke Hermann Goring. They are still in business today, despite a very checkered past that includes drawing slave labor from the infamous Mauthausen-Gusen prison camp.
The interior of the helmet has an exceptional leather liner with all of the tongues in nearly pristine condition. The drawstring is missing, but that can easily be repaired. The liner is marked with the size “55”. The spear-like leather tabs used to attache a neck shield are also present.
A very fine helmet here, and one with an interesting background.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $625.00
HELMETS #37169C Adler Werkfeuerwehr Helmet
The logo of the company has been hand painted, in yellow/gold pigment. It depicts an open-winged eagle over the name of the firm, “Adler”. The is a seal-like dual line border that surrounds the logo. Adler was a major German car manufacturer, producing cars like the Favorit, the Diplomat, as well as the mighty 25 horsepower Trumph-Junior.
The liner of the helmet is new-like in every way, with soft kidskin tongues. The original drawstring is in place. The chinstrap is also in new-like condition. Apparently this helmet was not worn much in the Adler factory.
A very nice example of the type here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $595.00
HELMETS #37170C Heinkel Werkfeuerwehr Helmet
This M35 Police-style helmet has the usual lightweight construction and the twin air vents of either side. The comb holes are still open on the crown. These helmets would have been worn by factory personnel during various types of security and defense duties.
The black finish on this helmet shows some signs of usage here and there, but it is basically all in good shape. The original Police insignia and well as the National insignia decals have been rubbed off, which would have been done by the factory.
The front of the helmet is painted with the famous single winged “H” Heinkel logo. Heinkel, of course, is famous for producing many Luftwaffe bombers during the war, such as the outstanding workhorse medium bomber the He 111. The firm also made significant contributions to the fields of high speed flight, liquid-fueled rockets and turbojet technology.
The liner of the helmet is still in excellent condition, complete with a leather buffer at the top. The drawstring is missing from the liner, but all of the tongues are in perfect condition. The liner is also equipped with the leather tabs that would allow the attachment of a fire neck shield. The chin strap is intact and in good condition, set in place above the brim.
A neat helmet here with a very famous pedigree. A desirable example.
Excellent Plus. $625.00
HELMETS #29278C Ortsgruppe Political Leader's Peaked Cap
This peaked cap is produced of tan colored whipcord. The whipcord is in good condition throughout, with no moth holes or tracks. The cap is piped in blue cord, indicating that it is from the Orts-level Political Leader group.
The eagle on the upper area is a gilded type, having open wings and looking to the viewer's right. The gilding shows just a slight amount of wear at the top of the bird's head and wings. The bird grasps a wreath and raised mobile swastika in his talons.
On the brim below is a gilded wreath of oak leaves. The leaves are pebbled throughout, with raised veins. Between the leaves the the leader's cockade. It is red enamel on the outer areas, with spaced black lines running around the circumference. The inner area is of aluminum, with a black swastika in the center.
The band of this cap is a fine, brown high-pile velvet. The chin cords are attached to gilded buttons. These cords are nylon, having some age toning throughout. The brim is a fine brown color, which has no attic crazing and retaining an original factory sheen. The reverse of the brim is checkered, being a darker brown color.
The leather sweatband is in excellent condition, being a replacement, but also being an original band. It has been re-sewn to the cap as well as the brim. The inner area of the cap is a tan colored silk, and although all of the sewing stitches are present from the diamond, sweat shield, the shield itself has been lost to time. The cap should stand to be set on to a Styrofoam head for a while, as the reverse of the lower portion of the cap is slightly pushed in, but will straighten out over time if placed correctly.
A good Political Leader's cap here, showing some minor restoration but priced accordingly.
HELMETS #36347 Luftschutz “Gladiator” Helmet
The obverse of the helmet has an outstanding Luftschutz decal, which features the name of the organization in a ribbon in the center, flanked by two outstretched wings. Below the band is a mobile swastika centered between a wreath of oak leaves and acorns. Other than one small flake at the top of the right wing, this decal is nearly 100% intact.
The inside rim has the details regarding the helmet, also by way of a decal. It reads, “"Vertrieb genehmigt / gemäß § 8 Luftschutzgessen / Kopfweite: 56 / Höchstpreis / RM 8-”. The original liner shows some usage, but all of the tongues are intact and the original drawstring is still there. The original chin strap is in place, complete with a roller-style buckle.
A good, sound helmet here.
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 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 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(#082216)
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 definitely 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.
A fine original helmet here in very good collectible condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00
This Luftschutz "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 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 interior 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; it should not be too difficult to find the coal miner’s crossed hammer insignia and cockade to complete it.
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 coal miner's 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 itis 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 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 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 modern house 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 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