German WW1 Helmets

M16 #30
M16 #30 - The shell is an original German, WW1, Model 1916 shell. It is a size 64 cm. The factory stamps were no longer evident. When acquired it was in solid condition; painted in a post-war darkish green (probably house paint); the rivet holes were sealed; there was a rusted through area in the crown probably 60mm at its widest. The shell was stripped to bare metal, rust treated, and the hole repaired with auto-filler. It was then primed and painted in WW1 green. A Ludendorff cam pattern was then applied to the outer; this pattern being copied from an original M16 example. 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. This liner will fit a number of head sizes perhaps 56 – 58cms most comfortably. 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. $450 AUD
M18 #4
M18 #4 - The shell is an original Austrian/Hungarian, WW1, M16 type shell. It is a size 64 cm and stamped W64 near the left ear and a lot number of L164 on the outer dome. The L in the lot number indicates a mill in Ludwikow, Poland. The W maker stamp I have not solved. This shell had high rivet holes indicating Austrian made. An extra hole had been punched half way up the right side as well. I note, also, that the right vent lug has been replaced at some time. When acquired it was in excellent condition; painted in a recent semi-gloss, grey green. It had a virtually brand-new liner installed of the type you see in post-war German helmets with the extra vent holes at the front. In my opinion the liner and fitted chinstrap was new and purpose made to fit this helmet; in addition, the split pins used to fit the liner were unpainted, shiny and brand-new. Perhaps these old helmet shells were ‘done-up’ in this way for sale. This shell was stripped to bare metal and the extra holes welded up to resemble a M18; it was then primed and painted in WW1 green. 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 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. This shell has been restored to resemble a German M18 combat helmet. $520 AUD
M18 #5
M18 #5 - The shell is an original Austrian/Hungarian, WW1, M16 type shell. It is a size 64 cm and stamped W64 near the left ear and a lot number of L155 on the outer dome. The L in the lot number indicates a mill in Ludwikow, Poland. The W maker stamp I have not solved. This shell had high rivet holes indicating Austrian made. An extra hole had been punched half way up the right side as well. When acquired it was in excellent condition; painted in a recent semi-gloss, grey green. It had a virtually brand-new liner installed of the type you see in post-war German helmets with the extra vent holes at the front. In my opinion the liner and fitted chinstrap was new and purpose made to fit this helmet; in addition, the split pins used to fit the liner were unpainted, shiny and brand-new. Perhaps these old helmet shells were ‘done-up’ in this way for sale. This shell was stripped to bare metal and the extra holes welded up to resemble an M18; it was then primed and painted in WW1 green. 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. This liner will comfortably fit sizes 56 – 58cm. 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. To clarify, this helmet has been restored to resemble an M18. $520 AUD
M16 #31
M16 #31 - The shell is an original German, WW1, Model 1916 shell. It measures as a size 68 with the manufacturer stamps hard to read but there is a clear T; this shell might be a TJ68 (C. Thiele und Sohne – Lubeck). This shell is mostly solid and intact but has had a tough 100 years of existence. When acquired it was painted black with the following defects; there is a transverse crack right across the dome; an 80mm hairline crack to the right of the rear rivet hole; a 50mm hairline crack to the front side; a 20mm crack on the rim forward of the left chinstrap rivet; the rolled under part of the rim is missing and a there was a hole in the rear flare approximately 25mm long and 12mm wide. This hole was of rectangular-ish shape and was caused by an inwards force. Additionally, the right-hand vent lug is a replacement (not by me). This shell was stripped to bare metal and the cracks stabilised with tack welds. The cracks were hidden on the outer with filler and the hole at the rear was filled. The shell was then primed and painted in WW1 type dark green. A four-colour Ludendorff camo pattern was then applied to the outer. This camo pattern has been copied from an original WW1 M16 example. The liner is a replacement M18 (1918) type with a steel outer band, three leather pads, a leather drawstring and attached chinstrap 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. This liner will fit from a size 58cm head upwards to a 62cm or more. 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. After its hard life, this helmet has turned out to be quite the looker. $490 AUD