HELMETS #46519 Rural Police Shako
The upper section of the hat is covered in brown patent leather. The edges that go around the upper portion of the shako still have their fine patent leather finish. At the top there is some age cracking to the patent leather but no loss of material.
The brim below is also of brown leather being in nice condition still having most of its original shine and only showing minor age. The chinstrap is of brown leather having two aluminum adjustable buckles. The chinstrap is hooked by way of a cockade on each side. At the obverse of the shako is a large aluminum open wing police eagle superimposed over a oak leaf and acorn wreath. The feathering and the details throughout the eagle wreath and swastika are outstanding.
Attached in the small acceptance hole in the upper center portion is the police insertable cockade. It is an oval disc formed of aluminum with a black ropelike border and an aluminum center.
The body of the helmet is covered in a green felt. There are a couple of minor moth holes in the felt but overall it is still in nice condition.
The interior of the helmet has a perfect condition liner. All of the tongues are intact and include the original rawhide drawstring. At the center inside area is a round maker's label being Hans Romer and then beneath that Neu-Ulm and then "Donau".
An exceptionally nice example here that would be really great for display.
Near Mint. $995.00
HELMETS #49165 Donald Duck Naval Cap
This seaman's cap is of all naval-blue wool with no holes or faults. The band around the lower rim is printed in gold lettering, "Kriegsmarine". The inner liner is of black cotton. The tan leather sweat band shows some usage, but remains intact. There is no cap insignia on this item.
Excellent Plus. $150.00
HELMETS #49010 SS Maroon Wool Fez
This SS fez shows some minor usage, but the maroon wool remains in perfect condition with no mothing or flaws. The fez is equipped with a black tassel at the top center area. Machine-sewn to the obverse is an NCO SS open-wing eagle with swastika, and below is a fine SS Totenkopf skull insignia. The inside has no liner, but is equipped with a fine tan leather sweat band still in fine condition. The sewatband as a small amount of retaining thread gone, but still clings nicely to the fez.
Mint Minus. $1,695.00
HELMETS #49084 Luftwaffe NCO Overseas Side Cap
This Luftwaffe side cap is produced of all gray wool showing some modest wear, but no flaws or mothing. The cap is equipped with ear flaps. At the obverse peak is sewn a white wool Luftwaffe eagle with swastika. Below is a sewn wool cockade with red, white and black colors. The liner is an unmarked gray cotton showing some wear and a small tear caused by period wear. A decent example here.
HELMETS #48973C Army Winter Rabbit Fur Cap
This cap is in fine condition throughout. The cap is produced of green wool, being in perfect throughout. The earflap have outstanding white rabbit fur with brown spots here and there. The liner is a whipcord tan material. It is marked with a maker and the size and date, "56" and "1943". Hidden in the fur at the front of the cap is an aluminum Army cap eagle and below a matching aluminum cockade. This cap appears unissued, or never worn.
HELMETS #48573 Police Double Decal Helmet
The swastika decals is worn but it is still about 85% intact, with the silver police decal in a similar state.
The original chin strap is in very good condition, in place above the brim. The liner is also good, with fine brown leather and the original retainer string. The liner is stamped “60”.
A decent police helmet here.
HELMETS #48572 Rural Police NCO Visor Cap
It is piped in orange cord which indicates the rural police. There is an aluminum cockade at the peak, set above a aluminum police cap insignia which remains in perfect condition.
The patent leather chin strap is in perfect condition, with a pair of adjustment buckles. The visor has all of the shine to the patent leather and no crazing.
The inner rim is green and the headliner is a good brown leather which remains intact. The interior liner is brown cloth which has most of the original celluloid diamond. About 25 percent of the celluloid is missing but traces of the manufacturer's name remain in silver print. It is stamped with the size 54.
A nice looking police NCO cap.
HELMETS #48370 Luftwaffe M40 Single Decal Helmet
The decal is also in excellent condition, being at least 90% intact.
The original liner is present but the drawstring and chinstrap have flown the coop. It is marked Q54 and DN136.
An excellent example here.
HELMETS #48271 Luftwaffe NCO Artillery Peaked Cap
The cap is piped with a red cord, indicating the artillery. It is fitted with an aluminum Luftwaffe eagle that retains full detailing, as well as an aluminum winged wreath and cockade.
The patent leather visor is free of cracking and looks fine, and the same is true of the patent leather chinstrap. The interior sweatband is torn in three pieces but remains attached. The cap is lined in tan material and the original celluloid diamond is present.
A very nice Luftwaffe artillery visor cap here.
HELMETS #48271 Luftwaffe NCO Artillery Peaked Cap
This Luftwaffe cap is made of fine gray wool which has no mothing damage anywhere. It is piped in red which indicates it comes from the artillery branch. At the peak is a fine aluminum Luftwaffe eagle flying ot the viewer’s right clutching a swastika. The lower band area is in good condition throughout and it is equipped with a winged aluminum wreath having a black and red built in cockade in the center. Below the wreath is a fine conditioned black patent leather chin strap which is adjustable. The leather is perfect on this strap. The brim is also black patent leather and remains in perfect condition. The inside of the hat has the leather sweatband which has a couple of tears in it and shows some wear but it is all all in place and all there. The inner liner is a silk-like tan cloth and the original celluloid diamond is still in place and in perfect condition. Overall a very nice Luftwaffe artillery NCO cap.
HELMETS #48347 Army M43 Cap
The cap is equipped with sewn ear flaps and buttons, as well as a triangular insignia sewn to the peak of the cap.
The cap is lined with a gray silk material and is marked “57”.
A nice example here in collectible condition.
HELMETS #48094 Luftwaffe M-35 Double Decal Camo Helmet
This camo helmet comes from a veteran source and is completely original. The original finish as well as much of the camo finish shows wear throughout the helmet and the camo covers the once present Luftwaffe decal as well as the state seal decal but the decals are definitely visible through some of the areas of the camo. The helmet is completely dent free throughout.
The original Luftwaffe color is in the inner brim and on the reverse there is the name of the original wearer done in white paint but it is mostly illegible. This helmet is marked “SE64”. The original chin strap is still in place and in good condition. The original liner shows lots of usage but it all there with all tongues intact and complete with the original drawstring.
This is an item that absolutely looks like it went through the war but yet it talks to you with its great rugged appearance.
HELMETS #47598 Fire Police Helmet
This helmet has two air vents and an aluminum comb, which shows a bit of wear. The original chinstrap is present but it is broken. The liner is in good condition, with all of the tongues present and the original drawstring present. The neck shield mountings are also intact, as well as the shock buffer at the top.
A decent example here.
HELMETS #46648 Luftschutz Gladiator Helmet
The helmet is equipped with dual air vents on both sides and in the center is a gold Luftschutz decal which still appears to be just about 100 percent.
The front inner rim has a maker name being Paul A Becker from Hamburg and on the outer inner rim is the decal that talks about the Luftschutz helmet being a size 54. The liner remains in perfect condition with good tan leather tongues and the drawstring still being all there. The chinstrap is also in place with two adjustment buckles.
Overall a nice gladiator helmet here.
Near Mint. $495.00
HELMETS #46397C DAF Cap with Metal Peak Insignia
It has a band area of black brocade which features a series of oak leaves which run around the perimeter of the cap. At the peak is a metal DAF oval insignia with gold serrated rim. It features the cog wheel with swastika in the center and below is a half wreath of oak leaves. The original double black cord chin strap is in place. The brim is in good condition still having its original finish.
The inside has a good sweat band showing some minor usage and also the metal letters F and B have been put into the sweat band which I assume with the original wearer's monogram. The inside liner is a gray cotton and the stitching remains where the diamond sweat band once was.
Overall a nice cap here not seen too frequently.
HELMETS #46236C M-35 SS Double Decal Helmet
This original M-35 helmet is a rare find and very desirable. According to helmet expert, Kelly Hicks, the helmet's outside has a reissue finish and was double-decaled with CA Pocher runes and Party shield, and these decals are what are on the outermost visible layer.
The SS runes appear to be about 85%. The Party shield runes have been period scraped, as many were according to rules issued as such to help with camouflage tactics. Most of the swastika and much of the red outside are gone to time.
The helmet is a large size being marked, "Q68". The run number at the reverse inner edge is "21446". The liner appears original to the piece and shows usage, but remains intact with drawstring. There is no size number visible on the liner. The chinstrap is still intact and in fairly good condition.
A rarely-seen original, large-sized SS M-35.
HELMETS #46046C M-40 Slate Gray Combat Helmet
This helmet is the type that was issued later in the war with no decals. The apple green finish remains in perfect condition throughout. The helmet has the turn rim with the built in air vents as was typical of the M-40.
The helmet is marked Q66 and the rear rim has a run number of “1402”. The liner is excellent inside with the drawstring still in place. The liner itself is size marked 58.
There is also some inked in writing on the back which appears to be “Gren. Himm Freund Pointer”. I have no idea what this means beyond possibly being worn by a grenadier.
A nice original combat here in very collectible condition.
Excellent Plus Plus. $895.00
HELMETS #46039C Afrika Korps Army EM Side Cap
The material is a tropical color cotton. The army eagle and swastika insignia is sewn at the top and below is a diamond with a black white and red cockade.
It appears as though this cap at one time has a soutache over the cockade as the line of it still vaguely remains in the material.
The inside is all done in red cotton and it is marked “53” “Hans Branoi Mutzenfabrik Magdeburg 842”.
A fine example here showing minor usage.
HELMETS #45288C Fire Police Helmet
The helmet has the usual dual sets of air vents on each side. On the left side is the black shield with silver border having an open winged silver police eagle over a wreath with clutched swastika. The side on right has the national insignia featuring a red shield with white field and black swastika. Both of these decals are in 100 percent condition.
The inside liner is a fine brown leather which is the size 56 is marked on one leather tab. The tabs are all in nice condition throughout with the holes for the drawstring intact but the drawstring is missing. The liner is equipped with the small spear head leather devices for optional attaching of a leather shield.
The chin strap is the style which is made of double Y straps. Unfortunately just the end of the strap where it buckles has gone to time but most of it is still there.
A good looking helmet here still in nice condition.
HELMETS #44731 M-17 Droop Bill Double Decal Army Helmet
The right side of the helmet has a fine national insignia decal which has a little bit of scratching in the surfaces but the edges are still in good condition. Overall this decal is probably about 85 percent. On the left side it features the Wehrmacht eagle decal which also shows some wear and usage but with good edges. Overall this decal is also about 85 percent.
The inside liner to the helmet is still mostly there although some of the ends of tongues have been pulled off due to rot. The original drawstring is still hanging there however but can't be install because of the missing pieces in the leather. The head liner shows much wear and age. The chin strap is also in place although it is broken at the quick snap off buckle.
Overall not a bad conditioned helmet and a fairly rare piece to acquire.
HELMETS #44365 DLV Visor Cap
The DLV Visor Cap is a fairly rare piece of period headgear. This example is in outstanding condition, with a very fine wool top. The wool remains in perfect condition throughout, with no mothing anywhere.
Below the wool is woven black material with an affixed DLV wreath with a special cockade and a pair of wings. This insignia remains in perfect condition.
At the peak of the cap is a small DLV eagle clutching a black swastika.
The brim is black patent leather. It shows minor age but is free of crazing and cracking. The original leather chinstrap is in perfect condition, with adjustable buckles. The lower area of the brim is also black.
Inside the cap is a tan, canvas-like fabric which remains in perfect condition. The name of the maker is still clearly visible, "Wasserdichte Stirndrunkfrie Deutsche Reich Patent. The sweatband is in perfect condition, with a bow at the back and made with air holes at the front.
A very fine DLV Visor Cap here, rarely seen.
Near Mint. $1,295.00
HELMETS #42810C Army Mountain Trooper's M43 Cap
This Mountain Trooper's Cap is fairly large and constructed of light green wool. There is very little moth damage, with only a few tiny holes on the left ear flap and another on the inner brim. The flaps wrap around and are connected by two buttons at the front.
At the front of the cap is a triangular insignia with an Army eagle and swastika postponed over a cockade. Applied to the right ear flap is a metal edelweiss badge. This badge is sewn to the cap and remains in good condition.
The interior is lined in gray, silk-like material. There are some numbers inside but the are difficult to read; one looks to be "23-NR" and "100 R7", along with some which are illegible. The size looks to be 58 or 59, but the cap is quite large.
A good cap here, with some honest wear but still collectible.
HELMETS #40791C US Army Overseas Cap
Inside the cap is a fine kidskin sweatband and a fine tan silk lining. The sweat band is marked "Cavinett Processed".
A good US cap here.
Near Mint. $25.00
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 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 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