FSJ Helmets

M38 #8 ORIGINAL SHELL
M38 #8 ORIGINAL SHELL
M38 #8 - The shell is an original M38 Fallschirmjager shell. The batch number inside the rear skirt reads as 719 dating its manufacture to 1941. The maker/size stamp is ET68 denoting its maker as Eisenhuttenwerke in Thale, Germany. This was the sole manufacturer for M38s. The shell is in very good condition with a slight crease in the upper left crown about 20mm long. There is evidence of rust pitting in the inner crown around where the edges of the original rubber padding would have been. The shell has been repainted and weathered on the outside by a ‘restorer’. No original paint exists. The liner is a size 58 replica with an aluminium outer band. It is stamped ‘Kopfwiete: 58 Stahlhaube-Nr: 68’ and ‘Kalder & Sohn Kohn 1940’. The leather is a nice rich blonde colour with some aging. The steel mounting bolts are of the ‘spanner bolt’ type and are originals. My guess is that the chinstrap is a replica with an early type friction buckle. It is grey in colour with a brown suede on the inner surfaces. The helmet is a double decal in the early smooth green (pre 1940 specifications). The helmet shows the second pattern Luftwaffe eagle on the left and national tri-colour on the right. Both are correct for the period up to 1940. $3500 AUD
M38 #14 ORIGINAL
M38 #14 ORIGINAL
M38 #14 - The shell is an entirely original M38 FSJ shell. It is factory stamped ET68 (inside near the left ear) with a lot number of 703 (inside the rear skirt). The lot number dates the manufacture to the second half of 1941. The original grey-green paint on the outside is upwards from 95% with some scuffing and smooth patches. Even so, much of the original textured surface still exists. The inside of the shell remains untouched. I imagine the inner paint must have been very thin as there is the lightest of surface rust to the inner dome. Inside the skirt is in very good condition. The original spanner bolts and nuts were present with one lock nut missing. They were all seized with rust and only two could be salvaged. The original Luftwaffe eagle (adler) is present with a heavy scuff mark to the left wing. In the shells current state, it has four original bolts. Three are the non-vented, slotted aluminium type and one is a spanner bolt original to this helmet. When the shell was acquired the liner was not present. I cannot explain why such a nice shell would not have a liner or why a collector, in their right mind, would separate a shell and liner. I have installed a 68/57 replica liner for display purposes. It is well made with an aluminium outer band. The seller said the leather is sheep skin. It has been nicely ink-stamped as well. I have also installed a rubber bump-pad in the dome. The chinstrap harness is a well made replica. The leather is grey-green on the outer with a brown suede on the inner. This is a well accessorised but 100% original untouched shell. They are virtually scarce to pick up in Australia. $4700 AUD
M38 #16
M38 #16 - This helmet was imported from the US and purchased from Germanhelmetsinc. Ken’s description of the helmet is as follows: “This is an original M38 helmet late war Ckl 68 shell, rear marked with a lot number which is not entirely distinguishable but I assume it is 3500 +. The paint is original and rates at 90%. There was never a decal applied at the factory as the helmet was produced after the summer of 1943. The liner, bolts and all chinstrap components are NOT original. I repeat; NOT original. The liner leather has a very tolerable look. There is a name painted on the inside rim. It looks old to me and I believe it is for real.” So the shell is 100% original including Gerfreiter Weider 251. The liner, bumper pad, chinstrap and aluminium bolts are not. The shell is factory stamped CKL68 being manufactured by Eisenhuttenwerke in Thale, Germany. The lot number is partially obscured by the rolled rim at the rear and looks to be 4954. As the shell is a rear marked CKL with a 4000 series lot number, it may have been made in mid to late 1944. The liner, as stated, is not an original. It is dark in colour and the leather is in great condition. It is marked as a head size 57cm but in trying it on, it feels more like a size 56cm. It has a manufacture stamp for Karl Heisler, Berlin. The bumper pad looks great and just like the original rubber. The side bolts are slotted/vented and the rear bolts are just slotted; all are aluminium. The leather chinstrap is a beauty and looks authentic. There is no decal per the manufacturing specifications of that era. $3800 AUD
M38 #17 REPLICA
M38 #17 - REPLICA The shell is large size, replica M38. When acquired it was a shell only in a dark green colour. It has been stripped primed and repainted in the early smooth green per 1935 – 1940 specifications. Of note is that the transition area on the rim is the type with a sharp point like many replica shells. The liner is a very presentable imported example. I imported it from the US. It does not look like the types that were made in China up until a couple of years ago. It looks like some examples I’ve seen from Eastern Europe. It is a head-size 59cm and a rubber bumper pad is also fitted. The chinstrap is also very presentable imported example. It is a grey-green coloured leather with suede inners. The liner bolts are ‘spanner bolt’ replicas. Though this helmet is a replica, it looks great in its 1935 specification configuration and the liner/chinstrap set is very convincing. It has double decals; the Luft eagle on the left and the National Tri-colour on the right. $299 AUD