HELMETS #45245C Luftschutz Gladiator Air Raid Helmet
This air raid helmet is the two piece type that we call the gladiator style because of its appearance. The original outside finish of this helmet is in near perfect condition still reflecting its original factory brightness. This finish is quite impressive.
The obverse of the helmet has a very fine wing insignia. The decal of a pair of well detailed wings with oak leaves and acorns in the center with a swastika in the middle. Over the middle area is the band "Luftschutz".
The original chin strap is in black leather and is set in place being in very nice supple condition. It has a roller style buckle and there are two adjusting black belt loops.
The inside liner of the helmet remains in perfect condition with all of its leather tongues being retained by the original drawstring. The inner reverse rim of the helmet has a decal which gives the wearer the good points of the helmet as well as the size 58. In addition to this decal there is the stamping "RL2-40 / 13".
If you are looking for a really fine Luftschutz gladiator style helmet thi sone should fill your bill. They don't get much better than this example.
Near Mint. $495.00
HELMETS #45299C Luftschutz Gladiator Air Raid Helmet
The obverse decal features an open set of wings with swastika and oak leaves and acorns in the center and a band saying "Luftschutz". Most of the decal is all intact and looks to be about 90 percent.
Across the front brim is stretched the original chin guard. The black leather is in fine condition having two adjustment buckles one on each end.
The inner liner is in fine condition with all leather being intact and the original draw string in place. At the reverse of the inner rim there is the decal that gives the details of the helmet as well as the size which is "57". The helmet is also stamped "PL2-38 / 28".
A very nice example here in fine condition.
Mint Minus. $450.00
HELMETS #45298C Luftschutz M34 Helmet
The original decal on the front features the open wings with oak leaves and acorns in the center with swastika and a band saying "Luftschutz". The decal looks to be at least 80 to 85 percent.
The inside of the helmet has its original leather liner and all tongues are completely intact and have their original drawstring. The original chin guard is also in place having one side with a quick snap style bracket.
I don't see any stampings into the inner rim of this helmet.
A good example of its style.
Mint Minus. $395.00
HELMETS #45243C Fire Police Helmet
The black painted finish is still excellent throughout showing only minor usage signs. On the left side is the police insignia being a silvered bordered shield with silver open wing police eagle with wreathed swastika. On the right side is the national insignia being a red shield with white field and black swastika.
The original chin strap is in black leather and is in perfect condition being placed above the rim. It has two buckles for adjustment.
The original liner is a black leather type. The leather tongues are all in perfect condition with the original draw string. On edge of the liner is pulling off of the clip that holds it but this should be something that is easily repaired if desired. The liner is also equipped with the arrow shaped leather tabs that accommodate a neck shield. One tab is broken.
All in all a nice helmet here and great for display.
Good Plus. $495.00
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 #45244C M-42 Luftwaffe Single Decal Helmet
At the left side is a Luftwaffe decal. The decal shows some age and a small portion missing on both of the upper wings and some wear to the details throughout. Overall the decal is probably about 75 to 80 percent.
The inside liner still has fairly good leather showing wear around the edges but the tongues are all intact and the original drawstring is still there. Unfortunately the chin strap is missing with just both ends still being intact on the U bracket that retains them.
There are inner rim markings on this helmet but they are too difficult for me to make out.
Overall a pretty good Luftwaffe example here.
Good Plus. $795.00
HELMETS #45157 Early Luftwaffe Officer’s Peaked Cap
The cap is piped with officers aluminum about the peak and also around the upper band. The band is a fine black woven type also being in perfect condition.
The Luftwaffe eagle is the early droop tail type and it is made of all woven bullion flying to the viewer's right and clutching a mobile swastika in its talons. The bullion work is quite beautiful with brighter metallic thread used at the upper portion of the wings and also on the swastika which really accents it against the bird’s feathering and body.
The winged cockade is also of extremely fine bullion featuring oak leaves and acorns which go around a bullion cockade with red felt center. The acorns on the oak leaves are also of shinier bullion as are the highlights of the leaves veining. The wings come out from both sides of the oak leaves also being in fine bullion with a center strip of bullion highlighting these wings. Beautiful work here.
The officer’s cap cord is a fine bullion with both adjustable bands intact. The visor is of black patent leather still being in perfect condition with no crazing. The underside of the beak is of green color having checkering.
On the interior of the cap the leather sweatband is still all there and in supple condition showing only mild usage. The inside of the cap is lined in a green silk fabric and the original celluloid label is is still fully in place. The label has the details of the maker and it is an Erel cap. Erel in the minds of most collectors made the best of officers caps.
A very beautiful example here that I would think that anyone collecting caps would be proud to own. We don’t see very many in this condition.
Mint Minus. $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. $745.00
HELMETS #44655C Sicherheitsdienst / Einsatzgruppen Double Decal M-43 SS Helmet
This rare helmet is very desirable and in nice condition, being 100% original. The helmet shell is in fine condition with no dings or damage. The original field-gray paint shows minor wear only. The Pocher decals display an SS shield at the left rating at about 85% and the right Party shield being about 95%. The inside inner rim is stamped, "EDEL" an abbreviation for "Edelstahl", meaning the best of steel. The liner has fine leather with all tongues intact and complete with drawstring. The original chin strap is in good condition and is equipped with the special quick release clip mostly seen on these helmets. The liner separations between the helmet are made of cork. The liner is marked with the size, "55". There is also an old ink stamping that appears to have been crossed out. The SD and Einsatzgruppen units were the widest users of these helmets. They were not combat helmets. Their lighter weight suited Police and Security roles.
The helmet comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Kelly Hicks. Kelly is the author of several helmet references and is an acknowledged expert on German helmets.
Excellent Plus. $7,995.00
HELMETS #45052 Luftwaffe EM Side Cap
The insignia is a woven cloth type featuring a Luftwaffe eagle clutching a swastika flying to the right at the top and at the peak area and below is a woven cockade.
There is no mothing on this cap.
The inside is a lined cotton type which is in good condition throughout. There is some type of a black insignia which appears to have been applied to the inside edge. I don't know the meaning of this but perhaps it is some some sort of a Luftwaffe grouping mark. There also looks to have been some issues numbers and so forth on the other edge but they are smeared and basically gone to time.
A good conditioned example here.
HELMETS #45098C Fire Police Helmet with Comb
The helmet is equipped on the top with an aluminum comb indicating that it is an earlier model. The police insignia on the left side of the helmet is in excellent condition being the style with line around the edge and police eagle in the center with swastika superimposed over a wreath. This decal is at least 95 percent. The other side has the national insignia in red and this decal is also in nice condition being at least 90 percent.
The inside of the helmet still has the double style chin strap. The strap is all there with the buckles and D rings and unfortunately just the end piece that goes into the buckle is broken off. Otherwise a very nice chinstrap.
The liner is also in nice condition having good brown leather tongues. On of the tongues has the end broken off where the hole is but the others still have the drawstring in place.
It is also interesting to note that the liner is equipped with the leather spear tips which would have been used to hook on a leather neck shield.
A really fine conditioned fire helmet here.
HELMETS #44861 Army Rabbit Trimmed Winter Cap
This cap has a wool base being the field gray color. The cap's flaps and frontal area are all lined with rabbit fur. The rabbit fur extends over the ears and the drawstring is still present however the button is missing on the other side. The rabbit fur is sewn to a gabardine type cotton.
These caps did not have insignia on them as is the case with this example. it looks to me that this cap would have gone a long way to keep the wearer quite warm at the Russian front.
HELMETS #44931C Luftwaffe NCO Peaked Cap
The wool is the gabardine type. The band around the cap is also in very fine condition. The peak is fitted with a aluminum Luftwaffe eagle which is flying to the viewer's right clutching a mobile swastika. The detail to the eagle is exceptional. A matching aluminum cockade wreath with wings is in place over the band. This also has outstanding detail. The brim of the cap is in very fine condition with no crazing to the patent leather. The chin strap is also in fine condition to its patent leather ands is complete with the two adjustment buckles.
The leather sweatband has a small portion where it is loose from the hat where the stitching has given away but for the most part the sweatband is in good condition. The sweatband shows some usage but still is 95 percent there. The original celluloid diamond is also in place on the tan colored inner liner. The diamond indicates that the cap was produced by the company Kürschner u Mützenmacher there is also a size "57" underneath the maker mark.
An extremely nice conditioned NCO flight cap here.
Near Mint. $895.00
HELMETS #44932C Mid Period Naval Officer Peaked Cap
Naval officer peaked caps are quite difficult to come by and this example is still in nice condition. It is produced of all naval blue wool. The wool is in nice condition throughout having no moth holes anywhere.
At the peak of the cap is a gilded naval eagle looking to the viewer's right with open wings and clutching a wreathed mobile swastika. On the band of the cap is a round oak leaf cluster surrounding a aluminum style cockade.
The brim is of patent leather and still remains in nice condition with no attic crazing. The chin strap is in place held by two brass buttons one on each end each exhibiting an anchor. The adjust straps are complete.
The inside of the cap has a perfect conditioned sweatband. The leather is a dark brown color. The cap is lined with a fine blue silk which has no maker markings or size indications.
Overall an extremely nice naval officer cap and a rare find for someone who is looking to complete an officer's uniform.
Mint Minus. $1,550.00
HELMETS #44974 1st Style NSKK Crash Helmet
The leather to the helmet throughout is still in sound condition having a couple of minor dings but still in pretty nice condition. The ear flaps and neck guard flap are still in good condition as is the brim.
The chin strap is still sound and complete with buckle. The inside leather liner is all there and in very sound condition. All the holes are in place and unbroken however it is missing the drawstring. One of the leather tabs is marked with the helmet size "59".
All in all a fine example here which would make for an excellent NSKK display item.
HELMETS #45016 Fire / Police Helmet with Comb
On the left side of the helmet there is the national insignia decal. There is a line scratch running through the decal and a little material missing at the right corner but overall this decal is about 85 percent. On the left side is the police decal being the type with silver line around the shield. Inside is a silver police eagle with open wings clutching a swastika superimposed over a wreath. This decal is near 100 percent.
At the top of the helmet is a aluminum comb. These combs were used during the early years and later were eliminated.
The inside of the helmet still has the chin strap however it has become dislodged from the connecting end. There is also a bracket on one end of the chin strap which is stamped "Brev. Sdgs. / Foreign Pats". The liner itself is in very nice condition having fine leather tongues. All of the holes are in place and untorn however the drawstring is missing. One of the leather pieces is marked with the helmet size "56". At the inside center there is a leather padded round disk.
All in all a nice conditioned fire police helmet here and great for display.
Excellent Plus. $450.00
HELMETS #44933C Luftwaffe EM Side Cap
It has the usual flap and is decorated with a Luftwaffe enlisted man's woven insignia at the peak and below that on the brim is a woven cockade.
The inside of the cap is lined in gray silk and has a series of accountability numbers stamped inside. There is also the number 58 which most likely is the size of the hat.
Overall a nice conditioned example.
HELMETS #44826C Red Cross Side Cap
The obverse of the cap is equipped with a woven cockade being of black whit and red all woven to a field gray diamond. At the side of the cap is a fine Red Cross eagle featuring a black bird looking to the viewer's left with wings half open and a white swastika on his breast. He clutches the red Geneva cross in his talons.
The inside of this cap is lined with a light gray cotton which is stamped with the size "57".
Overall a pristine example here.
HELMETS #44736C Luftwaffe Artillery NCO Cap
This NCO cap is made of all gray wool and is piped in red cord for artillery. There is some mothing to the cap in a couple of places but both are small. The piping also has some mothing at the rear and right side area below the web.
The web itself is in excellent condition as is the patent leather chin strap complete with both adjustment buckles. The patent leather visor shows some age crazing but not bad and on the inside it is a green color with mild checkering in its surfaces.
Attached to the obverse of the cap is an aluminum Luftwaffe eagle later type flying to the viewer's right and clutching an immobile swastika. Below is an aluminum winged wreath with cockade in the center. Both of these insignia look to have been applied by the previous owner. Most likely when the cap was originally acquired it has no insignia on it and the original owner was not adept at applying the insignia. The prongs and so forth are all there and it is a matter for the new owner to properly put this insignia in to a proper position.
The inside of the cap still has a good leather sweat shield. The inner area is a orange tan color material which still has the original celluloid diamond attached. The diamond has the name of the producer which appears to be "Leparo" along with an embossed replica of a peaked cap. Below the maker's markings is a slot in the celluloid to which the original owner's name is inserted printed on a paper "Kistinger" and below that it has "Stab 111 Flakergt 29".
Overall there are some good possibilities for this hat if the next owner can properly apply the insignia. It is priced accordingly.
HELMETS #44732 M-18 Double Decal Army Helmet
The helmet is equipped with the Frankenstein style long air vents. Below each air vent is the decal. On the right side is the national insignia which shows a little bubbling in the surfaces but overall the outside edges of the insignia are still all there and it is not in a poor condition at all. On the left side of the helmet is featured the Wehrmacht eagle with swastika insignia. This also shows some age but also the edges are still all there and the details remain.
The inside of the helmet has the liner still intact and although the tongues are in perfect condition the original drawstring is missing. The leather chin strap is also intact being a two piece type that is joined by a wire bracket in the center and has an adjusting buckle on each side.
All in all a pretty neat helmet here and a fairly rare example.
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 #44517C RAD Enlisted Man's Cap
The ear flaps and the brim are piped in black, which I think is a pre-1940 configuration. There are two air vents on each side of the cap.
On the front is a dark brown strip of cloth to which is sewn a metal RAD insignia, with a red border around the spade and a black swastika.
The interior of the cap is not lined and I'm not sure if it ever had one. There is an inked maker's mark that is largely illegible. The cap is pinched together with what looks to be a period safety pin, presumably to keep the correct shape.
A nice looking RAD EM Cap here.
Near Mint. $695.00
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 #43883 Prussian Jäger zu Pferde Lobster Tail Helmet
This Jäger zu Pferde Helmet is in fairly nice condition overall. Unfortunately it is missing the cockades as well as the leather chin strap. This pieces, however, are not too hard to track down and I'm sure a helmet collector can locate them.
This helmet is constructed of lightweight metal with a fine blued finish. The finish looks to be nearly 100% intact. It has a couple of very minor dings that have been repaired or whatever but overall the helmet really looks great.
The front has a Prussian eagle in nickel, complete with a crown and outstretched wings. It clutches a sword and an orb in its talons. Across the breast of the bird if a ribbon which reads, "Mitt Gott für Koenig und Vaterland". At the top is fine spike, also in nickel, with a cloverleaf bottom.
The brim is squared at the corners and is edged with nickel trim. At the rear is the distinctive lobster tail neck guard.
The leather liner is intact, although the drawstring and one of the liner tabs has be lost to time.
A very fine helmet here, one that will certainly be of interest to the avid collector.
HELMETS #42870C Luftwaffe M42 Helmet
This Luftwaffe M42 Helmet is on good condition on the outside, although it looks to have been repainted at some point in its life. There is a Luftwaffe decal on the outside which I am not sure is original, given the fact the helmet was repaint.
Fortunately the liner remains in excellent condition, with all of the tongues and the drawstring intact. The chinstrap is excellent and appears to be original to the piece. The liner is unmarked by the helmet is marked "NS66".
A potential candidate for some paint restoration here.
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 #42462C Police Overseas Cap
The obverse of the cap has a square insignia on the flap, woven with a red Police eagle.
The interior of cap is lined in fine gray cotton which remains in perfect condition. It is stamped with the size "57".
A good original example here.
Excellent Plus. $325.00
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
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 #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 #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 #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
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 "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 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 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 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