These pages display a number of the rare items that I have had the pleasure of selling. To view more details and a larger photograph please click on the thumbnail picture.
M35 Factory Reissue Single Decal Combat Helmet.
A very nice M35 helmet with well over 95% of its factory rough ''over paint'' to the outside and 100% rough finsh to the inside. The deal rates at 38%, the damage in my opinion is down to the decal having been placed on top of this rough coat and not being laqured. The liner is in very nice supple condition still having its original tie and the zinc liner band is as expected for a factory reissue. The supple chinstrap is maker marked and has partial date, by all appearance its original to this helmet. A faint Q mark can be seen but no size and no lot number seen under the paint, id say its a size 64. Dave Shirlin has an exact type of lid on his great helmet site at the moment.
M35 No-Decal Combat Helmet.
Typical Quist factory finished no decal M35 helmet with over 95% of its original matte finish intact. The liner show moderate wear and the 1942 dated chinstrap is in very nice supple condition, it appears to be original to the helmet. The lid is stamped Q64 and has a lot number 2905 at the rear. A neat example. As a side note i purchased this lid around 10 years back in a small shop in the city of Graz, Austria.
M42 Single Decal Army Helmet, ET Production.
Here is a great example of a WW2 German combat helmet, a single decal M42. The original paint finish remains in very nice condition with good texture and matt apperance, lets say well over 90% remaining. The decal remains at over 80% with a couple of knocks to the body, from the picture the beak looks a bit ''off'' but its had a tiny knock to the bottom, ive added one photo with some colour enhancement to try hand show the beak area, pictur 2 in the ''additional photos'' section . The liner pins are original to the shell and have not been re-bent. The liner shows moderate wear and in complete condition with no pulls, i have not checked any date to the steel band as its tight to the wall. The chinstrap has a makers stamp and IMHO original to the helmet, its supple with no weakness. The shell has a faint ET makers stamp but no size marking can be made out, id say a 68. The neck area has a again a weak hit and i can make out 3 digits only. I would say that this is a very clean example and new to the market.
Luftwaffe Single Decal M42 Combat Helmet. KIA.
Another lid that has to find a new home, purchased a few years ago from an American member of a well known Militaria forum. The helmet was purchased from the veteran who whilst serving during WW2 took this helmet to remind him of a sad episode were he and his unit were clearing out a village at the end of some action when a young lad in Luftwaffe uniform suddenly appeared in front of him brandishing a shot gun, the lad was instantly shot dead, the veteran wasnt sure if he was surrendering or had other intentions, he kept the helmet . Now for the helmet itself, it has the majority its original rough paint finish remaining, some scrapes here and there, the pins are original to the helmet, they have some paint loss, the inside again has most of its finish intact. The shell is stamped ET62 and has a lot number 362. The decal rates at over 80% complete with some loss to the wings and one scrape across the body. The liner has been torn out with the remaining piece at the back having some blood stains, the marks to the steel inside would also suggest blood staining. The long end of the chinstrap remains in supple condition, its not marked. If your a lid collector im sure you will understand how certain helmets ''talk'', this one just reminded me why i really like to collect combat lids, it will still fit in nicely on my shelf.
Luftwaffe Single Decal M40 Combat Helmet, EF64.
Helmet retains over 90% of its original rough finish, some rust coming thru and some white paint spatter.The decal rates at over 80% complete with a few minor knocks. The liner pins are original to this lid and have never been removed.The shell is stamped for the firm EF and is a size 64. The inside liner has seen better days , its complete but has come away from the liner band in a couple of areas. The chinstrap does not look like a German produced one, its the one that was on there when i purchased this for my collection a number of years ago , i felt no reason the remove it. What i liked was the distinctive curve to the front lid as found on EF helmets and the darker patina around this area from the soldier taking it on and off his head, even with the damage to the liner this helmet displays very well and is an example that saw lots of combat.
German M40 Single Decal Luftwaffe Combat Helmet.
The shell retains virtually all its original rough factory finish, lets say 98% to be conservative, some scrapes and scratches from use. The decal is around 97% complete, one good knock to the right wing. The liner pins are tight and are original to the helmet. The shell is marked for the Quist firm and sized 62, lot number to the rear reads T5151. The liner is in supple condition but im afraid it has recived some rodent damage to four of the tounges, original leather chinstrap is present but the long strap is missing half its length, buckle end is complete. Its a nice example that displays very well.
German M35 Combat Helmet.
This wartime helmet started out as a Double Decal army example, at some point, 1940 regs, a coat of ''reissue'' paint was added over the top, then a winter white, and lastly a final coat of paint that had some sand mixed into it. The finish to the outside of the shell is over 97% complete. The inside of the shell retains its first apple green finish, it has a clear 1937 dome stamp to the crown. The liner is complete with no damage and has its original tie string, the liner frame is the first pattern single band aluminium with square chinstrap bales, i have not tried to find the date and maker to the outside of the frame.The skirt is maker marked NS68, big size, and has an early lot number E114 to the rear. The helmet has two names to the skirt. Chinstrap is original to the helmet and has been period shortened. The decal side has a number of scratches, but nothing to detract from the overall appearance of the helmet.
1930's Nazi Swastika Metal Lantern.
A piece of nazi kitsch in the form of a lantern, the main body is made from a thin tin type metal with paper swastika and red celluloid panels, the lantern falls flat for storage. Condition is very good for something thats this fragile and produced in the 30's, swatika panels are clean with no holes but two of the red celluloid panels have some small holes, nothing major and does not detract from the overall appearence, a cloth would get rid of the dust etc. Recently found in the eastern part of France on the German border.
German Heer M35 Double Decal Helmet, Battle Damage
Battle damaged M35 with two very nice decals. The early apple green has been over coated by a thin layer drab green, brush marks can be seen all over the outside and then another two decals placed on top, this is a know configuration., the inside skirt has also had this overpaint.The original apple green can be seen to the inside crown. The Heers decal rates at 95% complete with good age crazing all over, the laquer has run perhaps from the heat produced during the damage. The national shield rates at around 90% with age crazing. The helmet shell has had one hell of a strike which has managed to squeeze the lid from both sides, numerous scars can be seen on the helmet shell. The shell is maker marked SE64 and has a lot numbe to the rear, 3437. The liner frame is the early single banded aluminium type, leather is complete and in good condition but darkened by use and has the remains of blood soaking to the rear side . The liner has a regiment stamp to the inside. The remains of the chinstrap can be found to both ''D'' shape bales. This double decal helmet is a very nice example and one that shows what these soldiers could experience during combat. One from my personal collection as ive just added 2 other example and cannot afford everyone that comes my way.