HELMETS #43558 Early NSKK Crash Helmet
This helmet is a real beauty and one of the best I can remember carrying. The outside is finished in a patent leather, and although it is hard to believe, the leather still has the factory sheen done with this process - remarkable. The front of the helmet is equipped with an early NSKK eagle. The eagle has toned a lot of the years and looks great. The ear flaps reflect unbelievable preservation, literally remaining in new-like condition. Apparently the flaps have been tugged into the liner area all of these years. They remain supple and easily in mint condition. Even the chin strap is in choice condition with buckle and hasp. The liner is the best you will see.with all nine of the leather tabs in mint condition and retaining their original tie string. There is also a cloth RZM tag sewn to the head liner inner section. It has a stamped number "425" and a run number of "06719". Great to see this! The inside of the upper edge of the helmet has the original maker's logo in red, white and black colors. It features a rampant lion and the company name, "B. Frolina". The liner is size marked twice, "56". If you are looking for the best, this helmet should really please you. Superlative condition!
Mint Minus. $1,695.00
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(#011820)
HELMETS #43542C M-35 Double Decal Army Helmet
This Army helmet is in very fine condition, having an excellent original outside showing little usage and still rating at least 95%. Both the Wehrmacht decal and the National insignia decal are in choice condition, both rating at least 90%.
The leather liner is in fine condition with all tongues intact, together with the original draw string. One of the leather tongues is marked with its size, "54". The inner upper area has also been personalized with the monogram of the original wearer, "R.B". The initials are nicely done is a white paint, the "R" letter being smaller than the "B" letter.
The chin strap is all there, but unfortunately has broken at the area just before one of the retaining buckles. The inside edge of the helmet is clearly marked with its maker initials and size, "E.F. 62". This is a fairly small sized helmet, but its overall condition do make up for this slight failing. The reverse inner rim is stamped with the run number "4008".
A very fine example here of a difficult to find helmet.
Excellent Plus. $2,495.00
HELMETS #43435C SA Alpenland M-43 Cap
The pink sides of the cap (indicating Alpenland) contrast nicely with the brown portions. On the left side of the brown ear flaps is a pink insignia tab affixed with a silvered medal edelweiss with a gold center. The ear flaps have the two pebbled brown buttons on the front. There is an aluminum cap eagle affixed to the front of the cap, grasping a wreathed swastika.
The cap is lined in what looks to be brown whipcord and is very, very clean. It is marked with the size "57". There are some other markings but the are illegible.
An extremely fine, original example here, one that should highly desirable to uniform and cap collectors.
Excellent Plus. $2,200
HELMETS #42869C Army M40 Helmet
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 marked with the size, "59", and the batch number on the inner rim is "21530".
A good potential project for the restoration minded here.
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 #42424C Fireman's M-43 Cap
The upper rim of the cap is piped in fine red cord. The band area has two flaps complete with pebbled aluminum buttons.
The brim of the cap is also wool. The peak of the cap has a silvered insignia consisting of an old-fashioned fire helmet superimposed over a pair of fire axes.
The interior of the cap has a gray leather sweatband which remains in excellent condition. The liner itself looks to be gray cotton, with some staining but in generally good shape. The original diamond shaped maker's label is sewn in the center; I can't read him name but I can make out "Kürschnermestizer" and "Paderborn, Marienplatz 4".
A nice cap, seldom offered with the insignia.
Excellent Plus. $295.00
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 #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 #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