German Helmets - Large Sizes

M40 #8 _68 - The shell is an original WWII Model 1940 and it measures as a size 68. The shell stamps are not visible due to rust and time. Though this shell has been affected by rust and pitting, it remains in solid condition. When acquired, the vent holes and two forward liner holes were brazed up; the rear liner hole was flogged out; there was a brazed up hole in the middle of the rear skirt and a 3mm hole in the rear dome. All of these defects have been repaired. The shell has been stripped to bare metal, rust treated, primed and repainted per 1940 specifications for Luft helmets. The outer surface is heavily textured to hide lumps and bumps; some are still evident.The liner is a nice replacement M1931 helmet liner, with a galvanized steel outer band. It is ink marked as size 61 (61cm head size). The draw string is a shoe lace weave, cotton type and the leather appears to be pigskin. This is a high quality liner from, the Czech Republic, identical to originals and the best on the market. The leather chin strap is a very nice replacement and is marked G. SCHIELE, LOBURG, 1940. The leather is soft an pliable. This helmet is restored to depict a stock standard issue, and classic, 1940 single decal Luft helmet. A single Luftwaffe decal has been applied to the left side. If you want a nice Luft helmet and you’ve got a big head, this lid is for you. $390 AUD
M40 #18 Q68 - The shell is an original WWII 1940 Model. The factory stamps read as Q68 and T2851. Q is for the F.W. Quist manufacturer situated in Esslingen north of Stuttgart. 68 is the shell size in centimetres. T2851 is the steel lot number used in quality assurance. There was a 150mm transverse crack across the dome which would have originated from a dint just behind the right air vent. It is evident that the impact causing the dent (wartime damage) caused the crack. This damage has been repaired as part of the restoration. Probably 60% of the original grey/green paint was still visible. Rust pitting was bad in patches but other areas were in very good condition. Despite the crack, the shell is in very solid condition. The original rivets, the outer band, aluminium chinstrap hangers and parts of the spring band were still present; though none were in a condition to be retained. The shell was stripped to bare metal, rust treated, repaired, primed then painted in grey/green with a textured outer surface. The Q68 stamp was very faint and is not visible after repainting though the lot number remains visible. The liner is a nice replacement M1931 helmet liner, with a galvanized steel outer band. It is ink marked as size 61 (61cm head size). The draw string is a shoe lace weave, cotton type and the leather is said to be calfskin. This liner is of high quality, sourced from the Czech Republic, identical to originals and the best on the market. The leather chin strap is a very nice replacement and is marked VOEGELS, KOLN 1940. This helmet is restored to depict a stock standard issue, and classic, 1940 single decal Kriegsmarine (Navy) type. $290 AUD
M40 #19 EF68 - The shell is an original WWII 1935 Model. The vent hole bushings had rusted away so I converted the shell to look like a 1940 Model. When stripping the shell the stamp EF68 became visible inside the flare near the left ear; the lot number was not visible due to rust. EF is for the manufacturer, Emaillierwerke – Fulda and 68 is the inner shell diameter in centimetres. The shell had a 190mm crack extending from the left centre of the dome across to the right rear. There was a severe rust patch in the left upper-rear quadrant of the dome which resulted in several holes, two large and several smaller ones. The inside of the dome was affected by rust. Remnants of the original grey-green paint was evident inside the flare and the front inner part of the dome. The remains of the outer band, spring band and chinstrap hangers remained but could not be retained. Despite the crack and rust holes, this helmet is in solid condition. Most of the flare and rim is in very good condition. The shell was stripped to bare metal, rust treated, repaired, primed and painted in Luftwaffe blue-grey which is textured on the outside in accordance with the specifications of the era. The liner is a nice replacement M1931 helmet liner, with a galvanized steel outer band. It is ink marked as size 61 (61cm head size). The draw string is a shoe lace weave, cotton type and the leather appears to be calfskin. This liner is of high quality, sourced from the Czech Republic, identical to originals and the best on the market. The leather chin strap is a high quality replacement; the leather is soft and pliable. The chinstrap is stamped VOEGELS, KOLN 1940. This helmet is restored to depict a stock standard issue, and classic, 1940 single decal Luftwaffe helmet with the 2nd pattern Luft Adler (Eagle) applied to the left side. This helmet is good value at $290 AUD
M40 #22 ET66 - The shell is an original WWII 1940 Model. The maker/size stamp was faintly visible as ET66. ET denotes the maker as being Eisenhuttenwerke, Thale and 66 as the shell size, 66cm. The lot number also visible faintly inside the rear skirt was __162, the first two numerals not legible. This shell remains very solid. The outer surface was affected by rust and pitting, the inner to a lesser extent. The original outer band and rivets were present and intact but not in a condition to be retained. The shell was stripped to bare metal, rust treated, repaired, primed and then painted in grey-green with a textured outer surface per 1940 specifications. The liner is a nice replacement M1931 helmet liner, with a galvanized 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 calfskin. This liner is of high quality, sourced from the Czech Republic, identical to originals and the best on the market. The leather chin strap is a very nice replacement with steel hardware. It is marked Wilhelm Ellers Jr.Bielefeld 1942. This helmet is restored to depict a stock standard issue, and classic, 1940 single decal Army (Heer) example. $370 AUD
M42 #13 hkp66 - The shell is an original WWII Model 1942 size 66 steel shell. The make/size stamp is hkp66 showing the manufacturer as Sachsische Emaillerwerk, Lauter and the shell size as 66cm (SE and hkp are the same factory). The batch number inside the rear flare reads as 4810. Though the dome had some rust holes, these were confined to just the centre top; the remainder of the helmet is in top condition. The shell was stripped to bare metal, repaired, primed then painted standard grey-green with a texture outer surface per the specifications from 1940 onwards. The liner is a reproduction M1931 type with zinc outer band, calfskin leather and shoelace type cotton drawstring, ink-marked as size 59. These liners are from the Czech Republic and are exact copies of original. They are of top quality and the best available. The chinstrap is an excellent replacement with steel fittings, the tongue is marked C.KORN, ALZEY 1943. This helmet represents an example of a double-decal, M42 Combat Police helmet with a Polizei decal on the left and the party shield on the right. $310 AUD
M42 #14 _66 - The shell is an original WWII 1942 Model. It measures as a size 66 shell. No significant factory stamps are visible except for a heavily stamped 1 in the rear skirt. Any other stamps are lost to rust pitting. The shell is in very solid condition and had been sand blasted prior to me acquiring it. This shell has had some fill to pitting, primed and painted grey-green with a textured outer surface. The liner is a nice replacement M1931 helmet liner, with a galvanized 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 appears to be calfskin. This liner is of high quality, sourced from the Czech Republic, identical to originals and the best on the market. The leather chin strap is a very nice replacement and is marked - RBNr.0/0390/0204. It is soft and pliable with steel hardware. This helmet is restored to depict a stock standard issue, single decal, M42 Heer (Army) example. It is fitted with a replica German camouflage net of the “Jute” string type. These were the only nets purpose made and issued by the Third Reich. $390 AUD
M40 #33 - The shell is an original WW2 Model 1940 ‘beaded’ example. Beaded helmets signify those that failed quality control for use as combat helmets; they were then relegated for non-combat purposes: a Luftshutz (air defence) role. Little of the original paint existed on the outer due to advance rust but the original Luftschutz decal could be seen. Much of the original paint could be seen on the inner though in poor condition. The name ARMINA-FARBER was clearly visible in white ink inside the skirt; the helmet was presumably issued to a female. Only 66 was visible of the maker/size stamp indicating a 66cm shell. The vent-hole shape and the lot number of 1234 would indicate a late 1941 made ET shell (Eisenhuttenwerke, Thale). When acquired the shell was fitted with the outer remnants of a leather liner with spacers and original rivets. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in a semi-gloss dark blue. Ironic that this helmet was purchased from Israel. The liner is a nice replacement M1931 helmet liner, with a zinc outer band. The leather is ink marked as size 59 (59cm head size). The liner has a shoe lace weave, cotton type drawstring while the leather is pig skin. This liner is of the highest quality; imported from the Czech Republic; identical to originals and the best on the market. The leather chin strap is a very nice replacement with steel hardware; it is soft and pliable; and is marked RB Nr0/0390/0204. A new Luftschutz decal has been applied to the front. $540 AUD