German Transition Helmets

M16 #23 - The shell is an original German, WW1 Model 1916 shell. It appears to be stamped as ET64 showing the manufacturer as Eisenhuttenwerk, Thale, Harz and the shell size of 64cm. When acquired the shell was painted in gloss black with a couple of extra holes added to accommodate the plastic welding helmet liner frame which was installed. The shell shows evidence of rust inside the dome but is solid otherwise. When cleaned back to bare metal, there was rust pitting to the inner dome and clusters of rust pin holes to the right front upper quarter and right rear upper quarter. After stripping back, the shell was rust treated, repaired, primed and painted. The liner is a replacement M18 (1918) type with a steel outer band, three leather pads, a leather drawstring and attached chin strap brackets. Each leather pad has a pocket sewn to the rear and a small padded pillow is inserted in each. The pillow provides padding and assists with sizing. The quality of this liner is second to none. The leather chinstrap is attached directly to the liner as opposed to the M16/17 arrangement. One end is riveted and the other is looped to an adjustment buckle. The two ends attach via a carbine snap. This chin strap has been faithfully reproduced in a quality finish. The inside of this helmet is painted WW1 Green and the outside is painted in smooth Luftwaffe blue-grey with the later Luft eagle on the left and the national tri-colour on the right. This ‘transitional’ appearance is an exact copy of the helmet shown on page 53 of Branislav Radovic’s German Helmets of The Second World War Vol. 1. Perhaps an officer’s ceremonial helmet of the pre-war days. $370 AUD
M17 Heer DD 66_58 - Original WWI Austrian Model 1917 size 66 steel shell. The original chinstrap lugs are intact. Reproduction M1931 helmet liner, galvanized metal band with calfskin liner marked as size 58 with cotton drawstring. Reproduction leather chinstrap with steel fittings, markings on the tongue read ‘MARTIN PAUCKNER, BAMBERG, 1943’. Depiction is an Austrian made M17 reissued to the Third Reich and finished in smooth feldgrau with double decals both Heer and national tri-colour. $375 AUD
M17 SS SD 66_58 - Original WWI Austrian Model 1917 size 66 steel shell. The shell had some rust pitting on the outer and inner. The original chinstrap lugs are intact. Overall condition of the shell is good with no significant dints or damage. The liner is a reproduction M1931 helmet liner, galvanized metal band with calfskin liner marked as size 58 with cotton drawstring. The chinstrap is a reproduction leather with steel fittings, markings on the tongue read ‘MARTIN PAUCKNER, BAMBERG, 1943’. The restored depiction is an Austrian M17 reissued to the Third Reich in 1940 specifications with single SS runes decal and textured feldgrau finish. $375 AUD
M17 Austrian Heer Trans - Original Austrian WWI Model 1917 size 66 steel shell. The original chin strap attachment brackets remain riveted to the shell and have been flattened, most likely when the shell was restored for use by the Third Reich and an M31 liner would have been fitted. No manufacture or size markings were visible on the shell however the number 212 was visible on the outer crown of the shell, this a batch number. Above the number is the letter ‘B’. The liner is a reproduction M1931 helmet liner, galvanized metal band with calfskin liner marked as size 58 with cotton drawstring. The chinstrap is a reproduction leather with steel fittings, markings on the tongue read ‘MARTIN PAUCKNER, BAMBERG, 1943’. The helmet is restored to depict a double decal Heer transition Helmet circa early 1930s. It has been painted in a semi-gloss WWI type green as is typical of some of the early re-issues. The helmet has had two decals, the Heer eagle and the national tri-colour shield. $375 AUD
M18 ECO #3
M18 ECO #3 - The shell is an original M18 ‘special model’ ear cut-out type. The shell itself has been restored as a double decal SS black parade helmet. The job of restoration has been incredibly well done. Inside the flare near the left ear is the maker/size stamp which reads as ET64 written in a stylised font. This signifies the manufacturer as Eisenhuttenwerk, Thale, Harz and the shell size of 64cm. The steel batch stamp can be found inside the dome and reads as R1842N which, according to Ken from ‘German Helmets Inc’, falls within the correct range for this type of helmet. ET was the only manufacturer of this type of ‘special’ helmet and only in the size of 64cm. There is another stamp under the bill which reads as AR2. I am unsure what this represents. The liner is a mint condition original with an aluminium outer band. The band is of the non-reinforced type. No stamps are visible on the liner band without removing it. The leather is supple with only minor wear. The drawstring is of the correct type. Ken was not sure if the chinstrap is an original or post-war but most likely post-war. It has steel hardware and is not maker stamped. The helmet represents as a ‘reissue’ black SS parade or Algemeine SS helmet. This is a double decal helmet which includes the SS Runes on the right and the party shield on the left. The decals are extreme quality C.A. Pocher type reproductions. $3800 AUD
M16 #27 LAH - The shell is an original German, WW1, Model 1916 shell. The area were the factory stamp is found, is affected by rust pitting so it could not be seen . The outer surface of the shell was fairly smooth with only minor pitting while the inside of the dome was quite pitted and rust affected; this resulted in a rusted through area about 30mm in circumference. There was one other small hole and numerous pin holes. This was easy to repair. All in all, the shell is very solid and was caught at a fortunate time for restoration. The rust evidently started from the inside; this shell must have sat upside for some time. The M16 chinstrap studs remain in fair condition. This shell was stripped to bare metal, rust treated, repaired, primed and then painted in a semi-gloss black. The liner is a replacement Model 1931 helmet liner, with a zinc steel outer band. It is ink marked as size 59 (59cm head size). The draw string is a shoe lace weave, cotton type and the leather is pigskin. This liner is of premium quality, imported from the Czech Republic, identical to originals and the best on the market. The leather chinstrap is a premium quality import, also from the Czech Republic. It is well made from soft pliable leather with steel hardware and is marked RB:Nr0/0390/0204. The restoration of this helmet has been modelled on an original Leibstandate-SS Adolf Hitler (LAH) helmet circa 1933. The LAH began as Hitler’s personal bodyguard and this helmet is representative of a that era. $470 AUD