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VISOR CAPS AND CRUSHERS VISOR CAPS
NM- Calvary Officer's Visor Cap by Peküro. H173
M41 M43 BERGMTÜZE and other M41 & M43 CAPS M41 M43
M34 M38 M34, M38, and other OVERSEAS CAPS M34 M38
NM 2nd Pattern NSKK Overseas Cap
H171
M18 M35 M16, M17, M18, M34, M38, M35, M40, M42, and other HELMETS M40 M42
E+ RARE M34 Water Police Aluminum Parade Helmet.

The light weight 1934 model shell is marked (some what illegible) "VorschrillsmeBlg n.V.ll.M.dL.vo 3. 5. 1934" and has 95% of the original black enamel finish remaining. The Feuerwehr metallic gold Police decal is 99% with and the swaz decals is 95% with 3 small chips. The aluminum comb is near mint mounted on a raised border leather buffer which is dry but 100% intact. The 8 tongued liner is near mint and still very soft, the inner leather pad has come loose but is still 100% intact and in excellent condition, stamped with a faded maker's mark. The early style chin strap has plated and black enamel fittings with minor rust, and the leather is in great shape and still very soft.
HC093
NM Fire Police Vulcan Fiber Helmet.

Originally all German fire fighting groups were organized into independent brigades serving each municipality until they were finally incorporated into the Polizei system in 1938. The newly created Feuerschutzpolizei (Fire Protection Police) was a branch of the Ordungspolizei (Order Police) and it's members were responsible for all fire fighting related duties in districts large enough to support their own individual fire fighting units. Each of these units was controlled by the local Polizei which provided authority to the fire brigades. RFSS Heinrich Himmler was appointed to the position of "Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern" (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior) on June 17th 1936. This position gave him full control of all Polizei agencies within Reich. As a result of this appointment Himmler instituted new regulations to bring about uniformity in dress for all Polizei through out the country. These new regulations included an attempt to standardize the helmets of the Polizei. In July of 1936 Himmler's regulations altered the insignia on the Polizei helmets to include the distinctive Polizei eagle emblem on the left and the NSDAP party shield on the right side of the shell.

The shell retains 99% of it's original black finish with 2 tiny cracks at the lower rivets. The pigskin liner and pad are near mint, liner is marked in 2 places with size 57 and a roman numeral 4 . RARE!
H073
GALLERY GALLERY GALLERY OF VISORS, M43 CAPS, OVERSEAS CAPS, AND HELMETS FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES ONLY. GALLERY GALLERY
E Wehrmacht Cavalry EM/NCO Visor Cap. Early piece made from ribbed wool with a padded peak and green wool cap band. The dark yellow piping is soiled around the top but bright true color shows around the cap band. The metal insignia has about 25% of the original silver wash remaining on the eagle, and 90% on the cockade. The black leather chin strap has minor age cracks but is still pliable. The Vulcan fiber visor has minor spidering and has come unstitched on the left side, easily repairable. The liner is orange-tan linen and marked size 56 1/2, the sweat shield is gone. There is a maker mark ink stamp under the brown leather sweatband, but all I can make out is "Berlin". Shows heavy use but is still in nice condition. H071
E+ Wehrmacht Artillery Officer's Visor Cap (Schirmmütze).

This beautiful private purchase officer's visor was constructed from a high quality doe skin wool with a dark green wool band and red wool waffenfarbe for Artillery. There's no major damage from wear, but there are multiple moth nips through out, most of which can be seen on the crown and the red piping around the back. The shaping wire or "cap spring" was removed giving this piece the much admired "front line" look with a moderate saddle. The leichtmetall (light metal or aluminum alloy) eagle device and cockade are beautifully aged with a subtle gold colored tarnish with a red wool bull's eye in the center. The Vulkanfiber visor shows very faint spidering to the top with typical soil and a circular impression in the mustard brown finish on the underside where the officer gripped it with his thumb. The interior is lined with an officer's grade gold colored silk with a celluloid rhomboid sweat shield. The logo for the contractor Peter Küpper or "Peküro" is printed directly onto the reverse side of the rhomboid in silver ink with Fr. Beuriger's (manufacturer) logo underneath. Peküro's logo features the company name canted and underlined inside a diamond with "Stirndruckfrei" (forehead pressure free) in a script font and "DEUTSCHES REICHSPATENT" (German Empire Patent) underneath. The rarely seen "Fr. Beuriger" logo features the company's name inside a simple rectangle sandwiched between 2 semi-circles with "KAISERSLAUTERN" (the factory's location in southern Germany) below inside the larger of the 2 segments. The leather sweatband is in excellent condition with no damage other than 2 tiny 1/4 tears on either side and typical soil at the for head, but the stitching has come loose in several placed where it was zig-zag sewn to the black velvet comfort band. The sweat band features 5 rows of vent holes at the forehead with cream colored rayon bow at the overlap. The officer's chin chord is perfect with no damage other than some minor corrosion on the left side that could be cleaned away with a tooth brush. Like the insignia, the pebbled chin chord buttons have a subtle gold colored patina.
HC146
E- Wehrmacht EM/NCO Artillery Piped Visor Cap. Constructed from fine wool with a green wool band. There is a period repair at the peak on the crown, looks pretty good. Vulcanized brim and a nice leather chin strap. Liner is tan silk and has the celluloid diamond with the maker LLD in gold underneath. Tan leather sweatband is complete with a rivet in the side, there are 2 stitches loose between it and the brim. H055
NM 1st Pattern Infantry EM/NCO Visor Cap by Erel H172
E Infantry Officer's Visor by Schellenberg H174
E++ Luftwaffe Polizei(?) Officer's Visor Cap.

This all original cap has some interesting insignia! Very high peak, constructed from Police Green wool with a burgundy piping around the crown and both sides of the brown wool cap band. The Vulcan fiber visor is black on top with some minor spidering and a deep green on the checkered underside. The original insignia consists of a Political style eagle above a Luftwaffe cockade. Both are made from leichtmetall (light metal or aluminum alloy) with no fading to the wool behind, indicating period applied. There is a nice officer's braided aluminum chin strap. The lining is brown silk, is maker marked "Stadt 1938 Stuttgart" and still has the sweat diamond. The leather sweat band is well worn but in great shape. I have been told this piece was acquired at a V-2 Rocket base. After researching these strange variations of insignia and piping I believe this to be true. A very rare piece that Angolia has been trying to talk me out of for years, so I've finally decided to put it up for grabs!
H082
NM Luftwaffe NCO's Flight/Paratrooper White Dress Visor Cap. (Fleiger/Fallschirmjäger Schirmmütze) by H. Pöllmann of München.

This is another incredibly rare piece of headgear that I'm certain few collectors have ever seen before. I purchased this beauty from the capturing vet's family along with the "Luftwaffe Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant) Uniform Grouping U124" listed at the top of my "Uniforms and Fieldgear" page and the flight helmet, overseas cap, and white top listed below. What makes this summer visor so rare you ask? First of all, it's a tailor made or "private purchase" visor that was constructed with an officer's grade, non-removable, trikot wool top rather than the common removable cotton tops seen on every other white Luftwaffe visor pictured in reference books or listed on the internet. I searched everywhere for another example like this, but was unable to find a single visor of this type or quality....except for SS officer's white summer visors which were tailor made with the same white trikot material.
It's piped with a yellow rayon waffenfarbe for Fleiger/Fallschirmjäger personnel which borders a ribbed mohair center band. The gloss black patten leather chin strap shows minor soil in the center with some flaking to the enamel on 2 of the 4 gloss black steel D-rings. The shaping wire or "cap spring" was removed giving this piece the much admired "front line" look with a relaxed saddle form. It's lined with a luxurious officer's grade silk rayon in a butter cream color with a pig skin sweat band that still retains the tiny stud on the overlap at the back. The underside of the sweatband is stamped "22 1/2" and "5" in dark green/black ink. The tailor's name "H. Pöllmann" over "Militär-Effekten, Uniformen" (Military-Effects, Uniform) followed by the factory's address "München 13" over "Barer str. 64" is printed in metallic silver paint under the celluloid rhomboid sweat shield. The leichtmetall (light metal or aluminum alloy) eagle and cockade are still bright with no signs of corrosion or wear. The gloss black lacquered Vulkanfiber visor and ersatzleder (artificial leather) border trim are in near mint condition with no damage but there is some typical age spidering to the top and some cracking underneath. There are 3 small moth nips to the white wool at the reverse, but only one can be seen in my photos...the other 2 are even smaller and not visible unless you flip the cap over.
H160
NM Luftwaffe EM/NCO's White Summer Visor.

The removable top is constructed from standard white cotton fabric with a plated zinc cap eagle and leichtmetall (light metal or aluminum alloy) cockade. Complete with small attaching snaps and crown support or "Stutze" which maintains the height and form of the peak. Piped in light brown wool for the Luftnachrichentenschule(?) with a mint black leather chin strap, note the narrow ridges on the edges. The white satin liner is sewn directly to the cap band with a diamond sweat shield marked "Stirndruckfrei Deutsches Reichspatent" in silver. The tan leather sweat band is in mint condition marked 58 on the underside and zigzag sewn to a black velvet rim which is sewn to a gray wool rim. There is a small section on the right side of the bill where the sweat band and velvet have come unstitched. The black leather bill is near mint with very minor wear and the typical vinyl edging and checker board pattern underside.
H094
NM- Luftwaffe EM/NCO Flieger (Flight) Visor Cap (Schirmmütze) from the Fliegerschule (Flight school) Magdeburg. Private purchase, made by G.A. Hoffman of Berlin.

The consignor purchased this Visor Cap from the capturing vet's estate along with the M40 Helmet HC156 listed below and the Flieger Service Tunic UC120 listed on my Uniforms page. I considered listing all 3 articles together since they belonged to the same EM Flyer, but I decided to list them separately knowing few collectors can afford the entire grouping. Contact me if you'd like to purchase more than one item from this grouping and I'll give you a discount.

Constructed from a Luftwaffe blue/gray combat wool with a ribbed mohair band and yellow wool waffenfarbe. The shaping wire or "cap spring" is still intact so the top is well formed, but this cap was packed away in a trunk since 1945 so the band is a little square from being slightly smashed. The leather sweatband suffered a little damage as well with a small tear on the right side with typical soil at the forehead from use. The interior is lined with a burnt orange chintz (glazed linen) with the date "1937", the size "60", and "Fliegerschule Magdeburg" in black ink. The celluloid rhomboid sweat shield is intact with no damage and Hoffman's logo in silver ink underneath. The logo features an oval ring with a double circle inside. Hoffman's initials "G.A.H." are set at an angle in 3 stepped boxes with "FABRIK-" (factory) "MARKE" (trademark) on either side and "Die Deutsche Qualitätmütze" (The German Quality Cap) across the top. Below the logo "G.A. Hoffman" is followed by the factory's address "BERLIN S.W. 29" over "Gneisenaustr. 33". The beautiful leichtmetall (light metal or aluminum alloy) eagle shows mild darkening, but the cockade is still bright with no signs of corrosion or wear. The textbook black and green Luftwaffe visor is in excellent condition with a couple minor impressions on the top left side and minor wear to the ersatzleder (artificial leather) border trim. The leather chin chord shows the most age. The black patten leather finish has dulled from the years, but the leather remains intact with no cracks or breakage.
HC153
E+ Luftwaffe EM/NCO Signals Visor Cap (Schirmmütze) by Felix Weissbach.

This is an honest example of a private purchase visor in near mint condition...except for the unfortunate loss of the ersatzleder (artificial leather) sweat band. The crown is constructed from a Luftwaffe blue/gray combat wool with a ribbed mohair center band and a rust colored wool waffenfarbe for signals (radio operator) personnel. The stütze (peak stiffener) has been purposely broken in an attempt to give it that desired "front line" look, but the shaping wire or "cap spring" is still intact so there's no saddle shape to the crown. The interior is lined with a burnt orange chintz (glazed linen) with a celluloid rhomboid sweat shield and Weissbach's name and logo in metallic gold ink underneath. The logo features a simple stylized eagle in a circle with "Deutsche Wertarbeit" (German worthy work) on his chest and "Felix Weissbach Mützenfabrik (cap factory)" over the factory's address at "GLAUCHAU i. Sa." and the date "Lieferjahr (delivery year) 1937" below. The leichtmetall (light metal or aluminum alloy) eagle and cockade are bright with no signs of corrosion or wear. The textbook black ersatzleder (artificial leather) and green Luftwaffe visor is in excellent condition with a couple linear impressions on the top left side and very minor wear to the ersatzleder (artificial leather) border trim. The patten leather chin chord shows no wear or damage other than a couple tiny chips in the finish at the retaining buttons.
HC149
E+ Kriegsmarine Senior Officer's (Stabsoffizer) Visor Cap (Schirmmütze).

This is a beautiful example of a Kriegsmarine officer's visor hat for the rank of Korvettenkäpitan to Kapitän zur See, as denoted by the single row of gold bullion oakleaves hand embroidered on the black felt covered visor. The crown is constructed from a high quality dark blue (almost black) doeskin wool, and features the typically large and somewhat floppy overhang sides associated with original WWII Kriegsmarine officer's visors. The eagle is hand embroidered in gold bullion on black wool with black cotton thread used to detail his eye, wings, and the wreath he holds in his talons. The "vaulted" Kriegsmarine kokarde (cockade) is hand embroidered in gold bullion as well, with an exquisite tri-color bull's eye in the center. It's hand embroidered with red, white, and black cellion thread that's separated with a fine gage (1mm) silver bullion roping. The cockade is hand sewn to the removable (slip-on) ribbed, black mohair band. The black patent leather chin strap is attached with two gold gilt buttons featuring the usual "fouled anchor" motif. The interior walls are lined with an Officer's grade gold satin rayon, but unfortunately the crown lining is no longer intact. The sweatband is constructed from a thick chocolate brown pigskin with no maker's stamp .The overall condition of this very impressive visor is excellent+ to near mint despite the loss of the crown lining, so the consignor is offering it at a very reasonable price.
HC142
E++ Schutzpolizei Officer's Visor Cap (Schirmmütze).

High quality private purchase visor constructed from a slightly mottled Polizei blue/green wool with a brown wool center band and Polizei green wool piping. The interior still retains the original crown shaping wire or cap spring as well as the stütze (peak stiffener) at the front center giving the cap a nice high peak. The insignia includes a national tricolored cockade with a red wool center. The silvered finish is flaking a bit exposing the brass base. Below that mounted to the center band is and a second pattern (circa April 1936-May 1945) Polizei eagle which is still near mint and bright with no damage. The chin chord is the Officer's pattern, twisted silver/aluminum cord secured by two small silver pebbled buttons. The black vulcan fibre visor has the correct raised lip on the front edge with the checkered Polizei green underside. The interior is lined with an officer's grade gold satin rayon with a tan pig skin sweatband which has 2 small rips on the left side. The crown retains the original celluloid sweat diamond with the maker's trade mark in gold and a small rectangular card with "57" and a name(?) in Sütterlin Schrift written in pencil.
H124
NM Named 1st Pattern Feuerschutzpolizei NCO Visor Cap H176
E+ Named 2nd Pattern Feuerschutzpolizei NCO Visor Cap H175
NM Land Customs EM/NCO Visor Cap. Constructed from field gray wool with dark green wool piping and cap band. Mint leichtmetall (light metal or aluminum alloy) metal insignia, leather chin strap and Vulcan fiber visor. Orange linen liner with satin top still has the sweat shield, maker marked "Aug. Schellenburg, Uniformmutzenfabrik Berlin C2, size 54." Heavy oil cloth sweatband retains 99% of the tan finish. Minor aging flaws but still in near mint condition, and a fairly rare visor. H063
E TeNo (Technische Nothilfe) Officer's Visor Cap (Schirmmütze) by Erel of Berlin.

This is an exquisite example of an extremely rare version with a field gray top which was worn exclusively by TeNo members working for the SS. The sweatband is trashed, but the rest of the cap remains in excellent to near mint condition. Although impossible to read due to the unfortunate loss of the silver paint, the logo under the sweat shield features a TeNo eagle followed by "Nach Vorschrift Technische Nothilfe" and the Erel logo which tells us Erel had the exclusive contract for these caps. ",,Erel" Stirnschutz" and "D.R.G.M_ D.R.P. angem." is stamped in silver on the left side of the deteriorating sweat band.

This beauty sold before I got a chance to write the rest of my description so I'm not going to bother with more...the pictures speak for themselves any way.
HC145
NM- Named Tailor Made DRK (Red Cross) Crusher.

Now here's a rare cap you don't see every day. It's hard enough to find a DRK visor, but a crusher in this condition is amazing. The cap is constructed from dark gray combat wool, with a medium gray doe skin wool band and light gray wool piping. There's a few small moth nips here and there, but nothing too noticeable when on display. The insignia includes a black and red enameled DRK eagle stamped from brass with a common cockade as seen on Heer visors as well. The burnt orange lining is near perfect as is the leather sweat band. The diamond sweat shield is 99% intact with the maker's trade mark below in black as well as a paper name tag that reads "Walter Schlegel" in pencil. The leather bill is in outstanding shape considering the age, still soft and pliable with age spidering and a couple very small indentations.
H118
E- DRK-Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross) EM/NCO's Visor Cap.

Instituted in 1864, the DRK was a voluntary civil assistance organization that was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention in 1929. Gaining status as a legally recognized organization of the NSDAP in December of 1937, the DRK officially came under the control of the NSDAP at the end of 1938 under their Ministry of the Interior's Social Welfare Organization.

The visor and center band are constructed from a medium gray wool which was the official uniform color of the DRK. The crown is a slightly mottled combat wool while the center band is a solid doe skin wool with some minor mothing just under the crown where it hangs down so it's not visible unless you lift the crown and look underneath. The piping is a light mouse gray wool with some minor mothing as well, most of which can be seen on the front of the crown with sections of the shaping wire or "cap spring" showing through. The interior is a little beat and has what appears to be a post war repair. The visor has been hand sewn to the band with a synthetic gray thread that comes through to the front, but the original black patent leather chin strap conceals it so it's not noticeable when on display. The interior is lined in burnt orange with a vented leather sweat band that has pulled loose all the way around except for the right rear quarter. The celluloid sweat shield is 98% intact with a tear at the opening for the name tag. The gold maker's logo is printed on the shield its self and features a stylized spread wing eagle with a shield on his chest and "BESTE DEUTSCHE WERTARBEIT" (Best German Value Working) underneath. The insignia includes the correct closed wreath cockade and a black and red enameled DRK eagle. Despite the interior damage and mothing on this cap it actually looks pretty good as a display piece as all the damage is either concealed or on the interior. Priced to accordingly, I've seen the same visor in similar condition listed for $500 to $700 on other reputable web sites.
H131
E- DRKB-Deutscher ReichsKriegerBund (German National Veteran's League) Personnel's Visor Cap (Kyffhäusermütze).

The DRKB was formed in WWI based on the DKB which was formed in 1870. This organization was later re-named in 1938 the NS-RKB "NationalSozialistische ReichsKriegerBund" (National-Socialist State Veteran's Organization) This rarely seen veteran's association badge was die struck from a thin sheet of brass and finished with a matte silver (rhodium) wash around the perimeter wreath and a black enamel back ground in the center with the details left as a natural brass. The design features the Kyffhäuser Mountain and monument inside an oval with half an oak leaf wreath around the bottom, and a star burst around the top. The Gothic script reads "Der Kyffhäuserbund seinem Kameraden" which translates The "Kyffhäuser-alliance it's Comrade" or Comrade of the Kyffhäuser-alliance. "STOCKO" is stamped on the mounting tab under the upper prong indentifying the maker as the Stocko-Metallwarenfabrik (Stocko-Hardware factory) OHG of Wuppertal-Sonnborn.
H167
M- Polizei Officer's Combat M43 Cap. Here's another one taken from the Brant Murphy Collection. This one is constructed from Police blue/green combat wool with a beautiful satin rayon lining and matching pull straps...no markings on the liner but it's about a size 56. The BeVo Police insignia is machine zig-zag sewn to the cap with Officer's aluminum piping and 2 tarnished pebbled buttons. This one is Mint except for some very minor soiling and the tarnish to the buttons. H100
E++ Wehrmacht Panzer M43 "other ranks" cap. Made from fine black wool with some minor mothing with the white Bevo on black "T" type insignia (cut as a trapezoid). The ear flaps have 2 satin ear pulls and 2 pebbled buttons with 35% of the original black enamel finish remaining. The inner "cardboard" of the visor has the correct raised outer edge that the repros tend to lack. The charcoal color satin liner is maker marked 56 and shows minor wear and sweat staining. This is Absolutely one of the best you will ever find! H070
NM+ Luftwaffe EM/NCO M43 Cap. Constructed from late war Luftwaffe blue/gray wool with a satin rayon lining and matching pull straps. The lining is dated "1944" with an RBN number "0/0501/0015" and size "58." The embroidered Luftwaffe trapezoid is nicely hand stitched with period thread and 2 field gray pebbled buttons. Minor soil/sweat stain at the front from wear, but otherwise in mint condition. H105
NM Feuerschutzpolizei (Fire Police) M43 Cap. Constructed from black doeskin wool with Carmine piping and gold embroidered thread insignia. The single pebbled button is marked O&CE Extra Fine. Black satin liner is missing the sweat shield. NICE! H065
NM- Gebirgs-HJ (Mountain Hitler Youth) M43 Cap with RZM Tag. Now this is a beautiful cap that you rarely see. Constructed from a heavy blue/black cotton/wool blend with a typical enameled HJ cap emblem and a metal Edelweiss worn by Jäger troops. It features a light blue cotton lining dated 1942 with a faint RBN # 00/0088/6533 and a paper HJ RZM tag numbered 472965. The overall condition of this piece is near mint with the exception of some sweat and soil stains on the liner. H113
E HJ-Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth) Schimütze of Flieger-HJ Winter Ski Cap.

The "Flieger-HJ" (Flying-Hitler Youth) was established in 1937 under the training of the NSFK-National Sozialistische Flieger Korps (National Socialist Flying Corps). Once they completed their training and reached the age of eighteen they were often transferred directly into the NSFK or the Luftwaffe. A winter uniform that included this M43 style cap was introduced in 1938.

This cap sold before I got around to writing the description so I'm not going to bother....besides, the pictures speak for themselves.
H132
E Luftwaffe EM/NCO's M34 Overseas Cap.

The "Schiffchen form" (Boat form) or more commonly known as an overseas style cap was originally developed by the DLV(Deutscher Luftsportverband, or German Air Sports Association) the forerunner of the Luftwaffe in 1933. The cap was adopted by the Luftwaffe shortly after it's official establishment on February 26th 1935.

Constructed from a Luftwaffe blue/gray combat wool with field applied machine embroidered insignia and a gray satin rayon lining. As you can see in my photos this cap saw lots of use, but there's no major damage...just typical wear and soil.
H158
E Luftwaffe EM/NCO's M40 Fliegermütze.

The "Schiffchen form" (Boat form) or more commonly known as an overseas style cap was originally developed by the DLV(Deutscher Luftsportverband, or German Air Sports Association) the forerunner of the Luftwaffe in 1933. The cap was adopted by the Luftwaffe shortly after it's official establishment on February 26th 1935. Constructed from Luftwaffe blue/gray wool with the 1940 model subtle scallop side flaps. The front features a machine embroidered 2nd pattern Luftwaffe eagle in silver/gray threads on Luft gray wool. Below that is a machine embroidered national tricolor cockade, padded with Luft gray wool. Both pieces of insignia are neatly hand stitched with period thread. The interior of the cap is fully lined in ribbed gray/brown cotton, stamped "RBNr.0/0250/0202" dated "1943" with size "55" all in black ink. The cap is in overall very good condition and retains most of its original nap with some mothing on the left side.
H122
NM Luftwaffe EM/NCO Overseas Cap. Constructed from Luftwaffe blue/gray wool with a satin rayon lining marked "62 58." Piped with a heavy brown twisted cotton chord with a nice embroidered Luftwaffe eagle, hand sewn with period thread. This piece is mint with no evidence of use, a rare find with the brown piping. H096
E++ Wehrmacht EM/NCO Overseas Cap constructed from early wool with the 1935 style pointed scallops. Beautiful early BeVo insignia.One rivet has been period mended. Tan linen lined with a darker tan sweat band. H041
E++ Red Cross Over Seas Cap.

Constructed from a coarse dark gray wool with a black satin rayon lining, stamped D.R.K. 1940. The original DRK insignia is machine embroidered on white wool with some moth nips at the top of each wing. Both the white soutache and bull's eye are in mint condition, correctly sewn on. A nice example of a rarely seen side cap in excellent condition with just a few minor moth tracks...but no holes.
H106
NM White Hitler Youth Summer Cap with Black Piping.

Constructed from a light weight white cotton with a cloth HJ emblem and black rayon piping. Overall the condition is near mint with only minor soil...probably from being handled for the last 60+ years. It doesn't look like it's ever been worn so I assume it's unissued. I've asked around for help identifying this one and got several different opinions including the Adolf Hitler School or an engineering school but these were just guesses. I'm still looking for help in regards to the black piping...any information would be greatly appreciated.
H109
M- 2nd Pattern Hitler Youth Flieger Summer Cap with Metal Insignia and a Cloth RZM Tag.

This beauty is constructed from the typical HJ brown cotton with blue rayon piping for the Flieger Korps. The enameled pin is near perfect with minor tarnish to the silvered plating, stamped with an RZM circle and M1/102 for the Frank & Reif firm in Stuttgart. The interior is mint with no signs of wear. Lined with a satin rayon with a perfect leather sweat band...a little stiff but still pliable with no rips or cracking. The cloth RZM tag is hand sewn under the leather band and is numbered 581 and 271724. A rare cap in this condition...definitely unissued.
H112
M- 2nd Pattern Hitler Youth Summer Cap with Cloth Insignia and a Cloth RZM Tag.

This is a General Hitler Youth summer cap that could have been worn by any HJ member unless they were in a specific school or unit with their own unique color like the Flieger Korp caps listed above. Constructed from the typical HJ brown cotton with red rayon piping. The BeVo like HJ diamond is machine sewn with white thread and shows no soiling from being handled. The interior is mint with no signs of wear and is stamped size "55". Lined with cotton, slightly darker than the exterior, with no sweat band. The cloth RZM tag is machine sewn to the top front interior and is numbered "?4?"(illegible) and 5982?. A perfect example in mint condition, definitely unissued.
H110
NM Hitler Youth Marine Leader's Cap with Rheinland Tally.

This extremely rare Youth cap is constructed from dark blue/black wool with a red satin crown liner and faded orange linen "perimeter" liner. The crown has a maker's mark but is very faint and I can't make out who it is. The sweat band is the typical orange coated linen style and in great condition. The black rayon tally has gold bevo "Rheinland" text, is full length, and has the correct "tie" at the back. There is a machine embroidered cockade and a guilt flatwire bullion eagle. As you know, anything Marine HJ is very rare, but this piece is a once in a lifetime find. Guaranteed 100% authentic period construction.
H085
NM- M34 Light Weight Double Decal Heer Helmet by Erel with an M32 Liner and Chin strap. Now this is a rare and beautiful helmet! Stamped from light weight steel with a dark field green/gray enamel. This incredible pot retains 98% of the original paint and the protective lacquer overcoat. More commonly seen with Polizei insignia, this beauty features a metallic Heer decal on the left and the tricolored National shield on the right....both are 99% intact with a golden patina from the aged lacquer. On the interior you'll see the M32 style liner with an extremely rare light green chin strap. (see pages 80-87 on Branislav Radovic's "German Helmets of the Second World War" for an identical example) The strap is still amazingly soft and supple with 90% of the green finish intact. The 9 tongue liner is just as nice, stamped size "57 1/2" with the maker "Zeuger & Riedel" divided and stamped on 2 of the tongues. The crowning beauty that makes this piece so special is the embossed Erel (Robert Lubstein of Berlin) stamp on the right side of the liner, and the Erel decal on the interior crown. Words don't do it justice so take a look for yourself.....when I pulled this one out of the box all I could say was WOW! HC123
E Double Named Luftwaffe Double Decal M35 Helmet with M27 Liner and Chin strap. Replacing the larger heavier M16 and M18 helmets, the smaller and lighter M35 was introduced in June 1935. Small modifications were made in March 1940 in an effort to reduced construction time and labor costs, and even more modifications were undertaken in August 1942 which became the final model known as the M42 helmet. The Luftwaffe eagle was originally introduced for wear by Fliegerschaft personnel on August 18th 1934, and was adopted for wear by the Luftwaffe on the 1st of March 1935 along with the national tricolor shield for use on this particular helmet. The first pattern Luftwaffe eagle was used until the end of 1936 when a modified second pattern eagle was introduced in late 1936 or early 1937. Regulations in June of 1940 brought about the end of the national tricolor decal and more regulations in August of 1943 abolished the national eagle decal as well, clearly stating that all decals were to be removed. However, these directives were not completely adhered to so fortunately for us collectors many of the decals remain intact.

This particular helmet is in beautiful condition with typical signs of wear to the original Luft blue/gray paint, most of which is still intact except for the usual scratches and dings. Both decals are at 80% with normal wear and multiple scratches from use. The interior is a bit funky with a little rust and some 70 year old crud, but nothing we're not use to seeing. If you look behind the tongue with the liner size "58" you'll see a green symbol hand painted on the interior dome. This symbol is one x on top of the other which is a Gothic Rune representing the letter "D". Gothic is an extinct east Germanic language that was originally written with a Runic alphabet about which little is known. One theory of the origins of runes is that they were invented by the Goths, but this is impossible to prove as very few inscriptions of writing in Gothic runes survive. These runes were replaced with a new alphabet in the 4th century AD in which this symbol does not appear so I decided to look further. This symbol also represents "Ing" (a god) in the Futhorc alphabet. A number of extra letters were added to the Runic alphabet to write Anglo-Saxon/Old English. Runes were probably brought to Britain in the 5th century by the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Frisians (collectively known as the Anglo-Saxons), and were used until about the 11th century. So.....your guess is as good as mines as to why the owner painted it there, perhaps more research will reveal the answer.
The rarely seen M27 style liner is in amazing condition and a real pleasure to see. Most of the M35 pots I've seen sport the later and more common M31 liners and chin straps. This one is 100% intact with no major damage and what appears to be the original draw string. if you flip up the doubled tongued flaps you'll see the original pads, each of which is made from a different pattered fabric.....blue and brown stripes, black and white plaid, and believe it or not, yellow with black poke-a-dots. The rear skirt of the shell is stamped "31270" with the owner's name "Alisch" hand painted in black, the left side is stamped "E.F.66" and the right side has "Gefr. Alisch" hand painted in white. I've seen these pots sell for $1500 with an M31 liner so don't let this one get away. In my opinion the consignor's price is very fair when you consider what you're getting.
H129
E Heer M35 Double Decal Helmet
By Eisenhüttenwerke, Stamped ET64
HC182
F M35 Helmet with Battle Damage H178
E++ Luftwaffe M40 Single Decal Helmet. (Stahlhelm)

Minor modifications were made to the M35 (Model 1935) shell in March 1940 in an effort to reduced construction time and labor costs bringing about the M40 helmet. Regulations at this same time ordered the removal of all tri-colored shields, many of which were replaced with the new NSDAP "Party" or "Swastika" decal, but in most cases only one organizational decal was applied. One last modification was made to the M40 shell in August 1942 bringing about the final pattern which became known as the M42 helmet. Further regulations of March 1943 saw the end of all decals, however, this directive was not strictly adhered to which is why we see many single decal M42 helmets.

This is a beautiful M40 combat helmet that would be very difficult to upgrade. It was recently purchased at an estate sale in Maine so it remains in untouched condition after being stored in an attic for the last 65+ years. It's in excellent condition when you consider the fact that it obviously saw combat with no major damage worth mentioning other than typical wear. It still retains 98% of the lightly textured "combat" finish which was applied over the smooth dark blue/gray Luftwaffe enamel. The 2nd pattern Luftwaffe decal is one of the nicest I've seen in some time. It's retains it's original cream color and remains 98% intact with a couple small scratches and chips to the eagle's wings and tail with incredibly sharp detail to the feathers and talons. The pig skin liner and chin strap are 100% intact and still soft with no dryness or signs of age cracking. The steel shell is dent free with only minor surface rust and scratches to the original textured finish which remains 98% intact. It's stamped "5068" on the rear skirt and "ET66" on the left side which is the manufacturer's code and the shell size in cm.
HC154
E+ Luftwaffe M42 Single Decal Helmet. (Stahlhelm) named.

Minor modifications were made to the M35 (Model 1935) shell in March 1940 in an effort to reduced construction time and labor costs bringing about the M40 helmet. Regulations at this same time ordered the removal of all tri-colored shields, many of which were replaced with the new NSDAP "Party" or "Swastika" decal, but in most cases only one organizational decal was applied. One last modification was made to the M40 shell in August 1942 bringing about the final pattern which became known as the M42 helmet. Further regulations of March 1943 saw the end of all decals, however, this directive was not strictly adhered to which is why we see many single decal M42 helmets like this one here.

This M42 combat helmet was recently purchased from the estate sale of John Cook from Spartenberg, SC. The steel shell retains 85% of the original late war, lightly textured, Luftwaffe blue/gray enamel with multiple scratches and chips from use. The 2nd pattern Luftwaffe decal is 80% intact with some minor damage, but the swastika is mostly intact as is the majority of the eagle which has turned a beautiful peanut butter tan. The chin strap and pig skin liner are in beautiful condition with no major damage other than the loss of the tie string. The owner's name "Taud" is written in black ink on the left side of the liner with the size "56" in black ink on one of the tongues at the seam. The underside of the liner is stamped "Bo. 56" near the band and "26" on one of the tongues near the seam (not pictured). The shell is stamped "cki62" over "2725" which is the manufacturer's code and the shell size in cm.
HC155
E Tropical M35 Double Decal Helmet, triple named.

The M35 (Model 1935) helmet was introduced in June of 1935 with a National tri-color shield on the right and each individual organization's decal on the left. This new helmet of the Third Reich replaced the larger and heavier M16 and M18 helmets of the Weimar Republic which were utilized in WWI and early into the Third Reich period. Minor modifications were made to the M35 shell in March 1940 in an effort to reduced construction time and labor costs bringing about the M40 helmet. Regulations at this same time ordered the removal of all tri-colored shields, many of which were replaced with the new NSDAP "Party" or "Swastika" decal. One last modification was made to the M40 shell in August 1942 for the same reasons, bringing about the final pattern which became known as the M42 helmet. Further regulations of March 1943 saw the end of all decals, however, this directive was not strictly adhered to which is why we see many single decal M42 helmets. NOTE: M42 double decal helmets should be closely examined and held with suspicion as they are quite rare, especially those sporting the SS runic decal. Examples of most of Germany's Imperial and Third Reich helmets are available for view on this and my SS headgear page so you can see the changes that were made from 1916 to 1942.

This M35 Army helmet is in excellent condition with plenty character despite typical signs of wear and multiple coats of paint. Much of the original dark field gray/green enamel is still intact and can be see on the interior and under the 2nd coat of field gray and 3rd coat of goldish-tan tropical camouflage...both of which appear to have been applied with a brush in the field. The 3rd coat of tropical paint is a bit thin in places allowing the dark olive green color below to show through. Unfortunately much of the original base paint flaked off or wore away taking the other 2 coats with it leaving the bare steel shell exposed on the exterior crown and in a few places around the rim. It appears as though the 2nd coat of field gray paint went directly over both decals. A 2nd National eagle decal was applied over the 1st, but the tri-color decal was not replaced, and was covered again by the 3rd coat which was carefully cut around the eagle decal. The tri-color decal is 95% covered except for a small patch of red on the bottom right hand corner, and 2 tiny spots of black at the top right hand corner of the shield. The National eagle shield is 98% intact with a couple deep scratches on the right side. If you look closely with a jeweler's loop you can see remnants of the original eagle decal below. The interior is in beautiful condition with no major issues, but unfortunately the chin strap is no longer intact except for a small chunk of leather on the right side still folded over the square "D" ring. The M31 pig skin liner is in excellent condition with no damage other than some minor wear around the band. 2 previous owner's names are written in ink, the first of which is on the right side and completely illegible so there's no photograph. The 2nd name is to the left of the seam at the rear, but I can only make out a few of the letters which look like "WaL d i". The liner size "60" is stamped on one of the 8 tongues at approximately 4:00. The rear skirt of the shell is stamped "3140" with the 3rd owner's name "Strobl" beautifully hand painted in white lead based enamel over the top. The left side of the shell is stamped "SE 68" which is the manufacturer's code and a very large shell size at 68cm which makes this beauty that much more desirable.
H139
E M40 Single Decal Kriegsmarine Combat Helmet. This pot looks as though it's been repainted several times with the original dark gray/green below, some areas of white peaking through, and finally a dark blue/gray on top. The Kriegs metallic decal is 80% intact, but fairly worn and quite dark from 60+ years of aging. Both the liner and chin strap are completely intact and still soft, but the chin strap is a little stiff in a couple places and the shaping wire or "cap spring" for the liner is rusted telling me that both were exposed to moisture. The shell has a faint stamp on the left side, all I can make out is "F64" due to the thickness of the paint with "743" stamped on the rear skirt. Overall a little salty but an honest example of a rarely seen pot. H115
F++ Wehrmacht M40 Single Decal Camouflaged Helmet, named, no liner.

Minor modifications were made to the M35 (Model 1935) shell in March 1940 in an effort to reduced construction time and labor costs bringing about the M40 helmet. Regulations at this same time ordered the removal of all tri-colored shields, many of which were replaced with the new NSDAP "Party" or "Swastika" decal, but in most cases only one organizational decal was applied as is the case with this helmet. One last modification was made to the M40 shell in August 1942 bringing about the final pattern which became known as the M42 helmet. Further regulations of March 1943 saw the end of all decals, however, this directive was not strictly adhered to which is why we see many single decal M42 helmets.

This M40 shell was originally painted "field gray" which is actually a very dark olive green. You can still see the original color inside the shell and under the camo on the exterior where the camouflage was purposely scraped back off to add to the affect. Unfortunately my photos don't do this piece justice as the flash washed out most of the color. It's actually much darker and richer in color than it appears. I believe it was camouflaged a couple times in the field so it would match the soldier's environment. I can see evidence of a fall tan or perhaps a tropical tan where the liner rivets used to be, as well as all around the front and left side skirt which is still coated with some thick textured paint that appears to be Zimmerit paste. This is a thick textured material that was also used on Panzer tanks to make it more difficult for the enemy to attach magnetic anti-tank artillery. The decal is in amazing condition considering the fact it's been through several paint jobs, each of which was carefully cut around the decal so it was never covered. There appears to be a protective lacquer coating over the top as the metallic silver eagle has turned a rich gold color. There's a few small chips on his head, body, and left facing wing, plus one large chip that took out the bottom of the right facing wing and some of his body, but the swastika remains intact with a couple very tiny nicks. The owner's rank of Gefreiter (Corporal), 1st initial, surname, and serial number "Gefr. K. Seitz 44219" is crudely painted in white on the rear interior skirt. The shell is stamped 9295 on the rear skirt under the owner's serial number with the maker's code and shell size in cm "ET66" on the left side. The liner and chin strap are missing and both the interior and exterior show surface rust where the paint has flaked away so I assume this shell was picked up off the battlefield after enduring a year or two in the elements. The rust has aged to a dark brown and almost black in some areas so it's definitely 60+ years old rather than damage that recently occurred due to improper storage. This piece was stashed away in the capturing vet's attic for the duration so nothing has been done to it since it was brought home. It's a bit salty but an honest example of an M40 helmet that obviously saw plenty of use on the battlefield.
H137
E Wehrmacht Single Decal M42 Helmet (Stahlhelm).

Named to "R.Schwarz.M. 02260E." on the obverse and reverse of the liner. The shell is stamped "ck 62" over "27 2" on the rear skirt. The dome stamp reads "Abgennomen: Wehrmacht-Beschaffungsampt: bekleidungs und ausrustung" (Accepted: Armed Forces-procurement office: clothing and equipment).
H169
E++ M40 Single Decal Wehrmacht Combat helmet. This size 68 pot looks like it was well used and never repainted. Finished with a typical field gray green enamel with a metallic Army decal, 90% intact with a golden patina from the lacquer over coat. The liner is "named" with "A.G." in black ink, and a size "60" ink stamp. It's still nice and soft as is the chin strap although it's torn right by the buckle. The shell is stamped "EF68" on the left with "888" on the rear skirt under a hand painted "62" in white lead based paint. This is a sweet pot at a fair price so don't hesitate. H114
E+ M42 Combat Helmet with Chicken Wire Basket. This 1942 model combat helmet definitely saw some use with what looks like either 2 coats of paint, or perhaps a subtle camouflage in dark gray/green and a lighter olive green. There's a significant amount of scratching etc, with marks from another wire basket, or possibly from the same wire if it was removed then remounted in a slightly different location. The wire it's self is a thin gage, typical of what would have been liberated from a farm by the vet rather than being factory applied. The size 57 liner and chin strap are both in great shape, still soft and pliable. The chin strap is stamped on the end but it's slightly illegible with "G.SINGE?" above "KLA??A?" and "194?" It most likely reads "G. SINGER KlATTAUl 1941" which I've been told is a recognizable and well known maker. There's a faint and illegible ink stamp inside the dome of the shell as well which is stamped "NS64" on the rear skirt. Over all a nice honest example of a highly desirable pot. H116
E Police Double Decal M42 Helmet. This pot retains about 80% of its dark field gray/green paint with some minor wear and scratches from use. The high metallic Police decal is about 95% intact with a few minor chips and scratches. The Party shield decal is around 90% intact with the same minor damage and a nice yellowed coat of lacquer with a beautiful aged spidering. The original leather liner is intact, but dry with some wear around the tension ring. The chin strap remains, but is broken on both ends, easily replaced. Nice original Police helmet with typical wear. H091
NM Water Police Aluminum Parade Helmet. Shell is marked "Vorschrftsm. Lightmetall Po. M.D.J." and has 99% of the original finish remaining. Real guilt foil eagle is 95%, and the swaz is 98%. Aluminum comb with a raised border leather back plate. 8 tongued liner is near mint and all there! Marked size 55, with the early style chin strap which has nickle plated fittings marked "Brev. SGDG. Foreign Pat." This would have been worn by a General! The only REAL water police decal I have ever seen, and it's not "turned" from age! H078
E+ M34 DD Feuerschutzpolizei (Fire Protection Police) Helmet with Leather Neck Guard.

Originally all German fire fighting groups were organized into independent brigades serving each municipality until they were finally incorporated into the Polizei system in 1938. The newly created Feuerschutzpolizei (Fire Protection Police) was a branch of the Ordungspolizei (Order Police) and it's members were responsible for all fire fighting related duties in districts large enough to support their own individual fire fighting units. Each of these units was controlled by the local Polizei which provided authority to the fire brigades. RFSS Heinrich Himmler was appointed to the position of "Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern" (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior) on June 17th 1936. This position gave him full control of all Polizei agencies within Reich. As a result of this appointment Himmler instituted new regulations to bring about uniformity in dress for all Polizei through out the country. These new regulations included an attempt to standardize the helmets of the Polizei. In July of 1936 Himmler's regulations altered the insignia on the Polizei helmets to include the distinctive Polizei eagle emblem on the left and the NSDAP party shield on the right side of the shell.

This is a "square dip" M43 (model 1943) style civic helmet with no comb, a style that was actually introduced in 1940 for general wear by all fire fighting personnel, but it's believed this particular combless version was primarily issued to Fire Protection Police units. With no comb the holes were filled with flat metal plugs specifically designed for this helmet. Stamped from sheet metal (steel) with 4 "salt shaker" ventilation holes, the shell is fitted with a typical civilian style liner (stamped size 57) and slide buckle chin strap, as well as a removable black leather neck shield which is held in place with all 5 original "T" tabs, a rarely seen feature we don't see too often, so this really adds to look as well as the value of this piece. The 9 tongue vented liner still retains all 4 cork spacers and the original hemp draw string. The padded dome liner is in outstanding condition with all 4 burlap vent hole covers still intact. As nice as the interior is on this piece, it can't compare to the condition of the exterior with 95% of the original black enamel finish still intact and 2 exquisite decals, both of which are 98% or better with no damage except for some subtle scratches and a couple tiny chips on the party shield. This is by far the best example I've seen of a helmet like this that definitely saw plenty of service.
H134
E Motorcycle Crash Helmet (Kradfahrer Sturzhelm) for Motorized Emergency Rural Police (Gendarmerie-Bereitschaften Motorisierten) by Erel.

The "Gendarmerie-Bereitschaften" (Motorized Emergency Rural Police) was a sub-unit of the Gendarmerie (Rural Police) and was primarily responsible for policing the Autobahn system. As the highway patrol they utilized a variety of vehicles including motorcycles, so there was an obvious need for protective headgear. In late 1938, early 1939, the Sturzhelm was developed and issued to all motorcycle personnel.

The shell on this rare beauty was constructed from a molded vulcan fibre with a thick cork inner shell and a black oil cloth lining. This inner lining was constructed from 6 individual "pie wedges" which were sewn together in a star pattern and tightly bonded to the cork with an adhesive. There's a 42mm wide black rayon manufacturer's tag affixed in the center where these wedges come to a point. It was machine embroidered in gold rayon and reads "Robert Lubstein" over Erel's "Sonderklasse" trade mark and the factory's address "Berlin NW 21" across the bottom. The exterior shell is finished in a thick Moroccan brown lacquer(?) to match the leather fittings. This reddish brown leather distinguished the Gendarmerie and Polizeibeamten (Police Officials) from other Polizei branches of service who utilized black on their leather field gear and accoutrements. The most distinguishing characteristic of this unique helmet has to be the thick leather covered bumper pad that wraps around the perimeter of the shell. This bumper appears to have been in a few crashes with multiple scars and what appears to be a little sun burn or dry rot to the glossy brown finish...possibly from being improperly stored or displayed in direct sun light. Fortunately this is the only real damage worth mentioning, everything else is in excellent condition. The shell features 2 screened ventilation grommets on either side of the crown, and a 2nd pattern Polizei eagle device in bright aluminum on the front. The thick green and brown lacquer finish on the under and top sides of the leather visor shows some age spidering and wrinkling with a few minor scars. This is quite common for this thick and malleable material, and not a major concern since it's still 98% intact. The 9 tongue M31 style liner was constructed from a gold colored pig skin. It's in near mint condition with the original "shoe lace" draw string and Erel's "Fiber Helm" trademark stamped in sliver on the left. It's also stamped size "56" on one of the tongues near the front where you can see 5 rows of ventilation holes at the forehead. The brown wool lined neck flap features an integral chin strap with a steel buckle, plus four 8mm steel ventilation grommets across the back...all of which are finished in a matching brown enamel. The leather at the back of the neck is drawn together with an elastic expansion band sewn inside a 10mm tunnel between the wool and leather.
HC164
E+ Private Purchase 1936 Pattern Schutzpolizei NCO's Shako.

This is a very nice piece with a molded black vulcan fibre body under a Police blue/green wool covering. The front and rear vulcan fibre bills are finished in black lacquer as is the circular "coffee can" style top. The 2 green screened ventilation holes on the sides originally had vent closure panels permitting the forward vent to be closed, but only the right slide is still intact. The face features a second pattern Police eagle stamped from leichtmetall (light metal or aluminum alloy), correctly mounted with 2 small threaded posts with retaining nuts that are visible in the interior. Above the eagle is a small reinforce stitched horizontal hole for the retaining wires that hold the national tricolor cockade. The original black leather chin strap has 2 aluminum sliding adjustment buckles and retaining rings which are secured with M1891 pattern side posts. The interior features a perfect 8 finger tan leather liner with ventilation holes at the forehead and the original leather tie string still intact. The liner reverse is dated twice with black ink stamps "1938" and "1940 Po".My guess is the liner was originally made and stamped in 1938, then stamped again in 1940 when the shako was assembled. The interior crown features a beautiful enamel manufacturer's label in red, black, and white with the their name and location "G*POSE*WEHRAUSRÜSTUNGEN*BERLIN 0 34*BOXHAGENER 16" and their trade mark, an eagle looking behind with a sprig of wheat above inside a white diamond. There's also a white size ink stamp "56" inside a circle at the back. Overall, this piece is in excellent condition with moderate surface cracking and minor dings to the black lacquered finish, and 4 moth holes in the wool covering.
H121
E Rare Olive Green Luftschutz Gladiator Helmet.

This beaded model M38 helmet was period repainted with a apple green enamel. The entire pot suffers from mild surface rust with several bare patches on the rim. The interior is still painted the original black with a nice soft original 9 tab liner with a district stamp, unfortunately the chin strap is missing. The shell is stamped "RL2-38/28" with the factory decal and the owner's name "Josef Frank" and "Feuerwehr" written in pencil on the rear skirt. The metallic Luftschutz decal is 95% complete although a little rough around the edges. Overall an nice rare pot painted with an unusual color normally associated with parade helmets.
H107
E++ Luftschutz Gladiator Helmet.

This beaded M38 model Luftschutz helmet has a mint metallic decal with a "RL2-38/28" stamp and a mint factory decal under the rear skirt. The near mint 3 section, 6 tab liner is stamped size 56 with the original tie string. The black chin strap is quite worn with some age cracking and 2 repairs. The original dark blue/gray finish is 95% with some flaking on the crown and around the rim. Over all a nice example with honest wear.
H052
E Italian Volunteer's Helmet with a Metal Fascist Eagle Insignia. The shell is stamped P 94 and retains 95% of the original green finish. The capturing vet's paper tag reading "Italian WW II Helmet of the volunteers in Spain. Note the Spanish eagle and red cross" is still attached to the side. The pigskin liner is stamped size 58, and is very dry, as is the original chin strap. 1 rivet that holds the liner is missing. Nice Vet find! H072
E- WWII Russian Camouflaged Helmet. Original Russian shell, liner and chin strap. The leather is dry but easily treated. The first coat of paint is field green, the next 2 coats are tropical tan, 70% of which remains. H076
E Italian Combat Helmet with Nazi re-paint-85% remaining. The original Italian rivets are untouched, original liner is dry but all there! Italian chin strap is dry but complete. Rare capture/re-issue helmet. H053
E- WWI M16 Tortoise shell Camo. The shell is stamped W.66 inside the rim and has a 3 pad liner poorly replaced, so I'm selling as a shell only. And what a shell! Great Camo design, these are getting hard to find! H060
NM Luftwaffe Tropical Pith Helmet. Luft grey linen inside and out shows minor stains. Beautiful metal insignia, mint leather chin strap is cracked and very dry. The inner crown "nut" is stamped DT S.G.D.G. Mint, but dry sweatband has the size 57 paper stamp. NICE RARE PIECE! H069
NM- 1st Pattern DAK-Deutsches Afrika Korp (German Africa Corp) Tropical Pith Helmet with Sun Goggles (Tropenhelm mit Schutzbrille)

Tropical uniforms, headgear and equipment were developed in 1940 and issued the DAK in early 1942 just in time for Germany's entrance into Tripoli. One of the most notable headgear items to be introduced was the tropical pith helmet which was based on the earlier Naval pith helmet design.

The 1st model tropical pith, as we see here, was constructed with a formed cork shell which was covered with 12 separate pieces of "tropical tan" cotton twill fabric with another 6 pieces of red cotton fabric covering the interior dome. The 2nd model pith was based on the same basic design, but it was modified in attempt to reduce production and material costs. The most notable change was the 5 piece field gray/green or olive drab felt (wool) cover and the one piece thick red felt (wool) liner.

The edge of this 1st model pith is reinforced with a thin strip of olive green leather. A thicker leather strip of the same color was used to construct the chin strap which is fastened to the shell with a leichtmetall (light metal or aluminum alloy) rivet on the right and a plated brass quick release hook fastened to the left side with the same type of rivet. The liner is fairly simple, a cross between a combat helmet liner and a sweat band in a peaked visor. This band is made from a 6cm strip of natural pig skin which was machine sewn to a stiff composite card board band that's fastened to the shell with a series of 4 spring plates, hollow rivets, and cotter pins. Like the steel helmet, another strip of grey felt is sewn to the composite band acting as a pad behind the leather. The crown of the helmet is fitted with a brass air vent with a single stud and a threaded leichtmetall cap which is stamped "STOCKO" on the interior in raised text (not pictured).

The German Army produced a wide variety of protective eye wear including sun glasses and special duty goggles. The pair we see here were specifically designed for desert use with flexible, dark, and easily changed (celluloid?) lenses with vent holes around the leichtmetall frame to prevent fogging. The 2 eye pieces are trimmed with black velvet comfort strips and are joined together with a single piece of blackened leather which features a Waffen Amt eagle with "WaA100" below. The head band is quite simple, constructed from two 1cm strips of black elastic with a single slide leichtmetall adjustment buckle and catch.
HC152
E++ DAK (Deutsches Afrika Korp) Pith Helmet, 2nd Pattern by Mayser.

This beautiful Army pith is constructed from a field gray/green felt wool over a cork shell with a medium/dark green linen lining and a thick red felt wool liner. The edge of the shell is reinforced with an olive green leather, a thicker version of which was used to construct the single (zinc) slide chin strap. The chin strap is fastened to the shell with an aluminum rivet on the right and a zinc hook fastened to the shell with the same aluminum rivet on the left. The liner features a soft tan pig skin sweat band with Mayser's trademark, an "M" inside a shield, stamped at the rear. The liner is machine stitched to a stiff snaking card board band that's fastened to the shell with 6 sets of small eye-bolts and cotter pins. The zinc air vent in the crown is stamped "MAYSER" on the interior + ring. It and the threaded top button function perfectly, but unfortunately there are two 1 inch and 1/4 inch rips in the frontal triangular cut vent in the red wool liner. The only other damage I can see other than some minor wear to the leather brim, is a shallow dent in the cork shell at 5:00 looking down from the top.
H141
NM Italian WWII Era Pith Helmet.

Constructed from tan/green linen with 2 mesh vents and metal top button. The leather chin strap is dry but perfect. The same linen makes the liner, marked size 55 with a cork backed brown sweatband. Unissued!
H064
NM Luftwaffe Winter Flight Helmet model LKPW101.

Perfect Brown leather with the built in ear-phones, marked bxo. Size 54, with all the straps buckles snaps etc. in great condition. Lined with Rabbit fur-Rare!
H045
NM Luftwaffe Winter Cloth Flight Helmet cover.

It is a hard piece to find, and this ones a beauty! All the straps, buttons, etc are there and nearly perfect., except one loop is gone. Satin liner is near mint. Straps RBN #numbered.
H046
NM- Luftwaffe Pilot's Summer Flight Helmet.

I purchased this beauty from the capturing vet's family along with the white dress visor listed above, the overseas cap and white top listed below, and the "Luftwaffe Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant) Uniform Grouping U124" listed at the top of my "Uniforms and Fieldgear" page.

This unit is in outstanding condition, constructed with a brown rayon net reinforced with natural leather "shammy" and brown cotton herringbone weave straps around the perimeter and across the crown, with a ribbed reddish/brown adjustment strap and zinc clamp buckle on the top. Complete with sheep's wool lined earphones, a 4 pin radio communication plug, and a 3 point oxygen mask attachment belt with dual buckles. The off white rayon manufacturer's label is machine sewn at the back, embroidered with blue text and red ink stamps. It reads: "Netzkopfhaube Gr. 61" (Network head width size 61) NOTE: "Gr" is the abbreviation for "Grösse" or "Size" so the English translation for "Netzkopfhaube Gr. 61" is basically "radio helmet size 61". Next is "Baumuster L Kp N 101" which is the model, followed by "Gerät-Nr. 124-452 A-2" which is the equipment number, then "Werk-Nr. -/K.Hsl" which is the work number, and finally "anf.Z. Ln 26670" which is the Luftwaffe requisition number. The bottom of the label has a partially legible red ink stamp that I belive reads "Aban.1" followed by the manufacturer's name, "Hersteller bxo.". The thick celluloid covers on the earphones are marked "Ln 26602".
H157 $500.00
NM- Luftwaffe Winter Rabbit Fur Cap. Constructed from Luftwaffe blue/gray wool with a padded cotton lining marked size 58 with an illegible maker's mark. The rabbit fur flaps are a little stiff but still near mint. The side and rear flaps are lined with a gray ribbed cotton and the 2 gray herringbone pattern cotton tie straps are still intact. The embroidered Luftwaffe eagle is hand sewn with period thread. A nice piece, rarely seen in this condition. H104
M- TeNo General's Visor Cap Chin Chord.

This extremely rare 6mm General's level chin chord is constructed from 4 triple twist chords...3 of which are twisted from thick 100% cotton threads wrapped with a tarnished gold aluminum wire, while the 4th features 2 gold wrapped threads and a 3rd wrapped with a darker bronze aluminum wire with 3 single strands of gold wire as an accent. The end knots and slides are woven with 3 strands of gold wrapped thread and one in bronze adding definition to the weave. The slides are lined and with zinc reinforcing plates which is correct for the WWII time period, as are cork. If you encounter a German chin chord with a white or gray plastic reinforced knot it's probably post war.
H144
NM Gold Bullion Chin Strap. 5mm wide, the SS Polizei Generals wore this size of chin strap while Wehrmacht was noticeably thicker. Tarnished with age. Rare! H080