German WW1 Helmets

M16 #32
M16 #32 - The shell is an original German, WW1, Model 1916 shell. It measures as a size 66 with the manufacturer stamps hard to read but there is 66 visible. This shell is mostly solid and intact but has had a tough 100 years of existence. When acquired there was no original paint; the vents and rivet holes were sealed up; there was a fair bit of rust and pitting to the inside and there was a couple of rust holes in the crown. A portion of the rolled rim at the front is missing. This shell was stripped to bare metal, the crown repaired, it was then primed and painted. The inner was painted in WW1 green; the outer was painted in a tri-colour (yellow, grey-green and brown) Ludendorff cam pattern with black separating lines. The liner is a replacement M18 (1918) type with a steel outer band, three leather tongues, a leather drawstring and attached chinstrap brackets. Each leather tongue 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. $495 AUD
M16/17 #9 - Austrian
M16/17 #9 - Austrian - The shell is an original Austrian, WW1, Model 1916/17 shell. It is a size 66cm though not stamped as such, being an Austrian model, it would have been ink stamped originally. This shell did not show any original paint; it had a whitish paint on the inside; the crown has been mashed about a bit, been tapped out and has a couple of rust holes. The Austrian type chinstrap mounts are absent except for the rivets. The shell was stripped to bare metal, the crown repaired, primed and painted in WW1 green. The liner is a replacement M18 (1918) type with a steel outer band, three leather tongues, a leather drawstring and attached chin strap brackets. Each leather tongue 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 will fit a broad number of head sizes; perhaps 57cm upwards to 60cm. 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 helmet represents a standard issue Austrian made combat helmet. $495 AUD
M18 #6
M18 #6 - This helmet is the real deal. The shell is an original M18 ‘special model’ ear cut-out type. The seller advises this shell was recovered from Afghanistan in the early 2000s and brought back to the US by a close family member. Inside the flare near the left ear is the maker/size stamp which reads as ET64 written in a gothic 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 R1871N; R indicating steel mill Stahlwerk Rochling, Volkingen. The shell had some extra holes resulting from its Afghan service; three in a vertical line on the right side just rear of the air vent and one on the left lower than and rear of the air vent. The shell had some light surface rust and evidence of greyish green paint. Apart from the holes mentioned there is no other damage. The shell was stripped to bare metal, the holes welded up, primed and painted in WW1 Green. The liner is a replacement M18 (1918) type with a steel outer band, three leather tongues, a leather drawstring and attached chin strap brackets. Each leather tongue 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 range of head sizes; 55 – 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. These examples are as scarce as rocking horse excrement. $2650 AUD