The machine woven example of the SS runic collar patch, minus its buckram backing.
An unusually large size all leather enlisted ranks pickelhaube for a Prussian infantryman. The skull in good condition with slight crazing, both front and rear peaks securely attached to the main body with congealing to the leather on both peaks. All of the fittings in brass match, standard front Prussian plate, original chinstrap and correct national and state cockades. Minor kinks to the interior of the front peak trim. The interior 9 tongued liner all present, minor weavel nips to the leather liner, with its original drawstring. Faint traces of manufacturers circular stamp, good stampings for Regiment 143 to the rear peak and faint traces of other markings, which are difficult to decipher, other markings have been semi erased contemporarily. It is difficult to obtain a large size enlisted ranks pickelhaube in this condition regimentally marked.
A very nice example of an all lether pickelhaube with field grey fittings. All of the fittings match in colour and patination. The skull is absolutely perfect. Minor crazing and minor distortion to the rear peak. Both the front and back peaks securely attached to the main body. Good bright finish to the skull. The helmet is with its completely original chinstrap, national and state cockades. The interior 9 tongued liner in mid tan all intact with its original leather drawstring. Faint traces of an army group mark, which appears to be ‘B.A.X.II’ to the area between the two front plate securing eyelets. A circular maker’s mark to the rear of the peak. The inside of the crown retains much original light tan finish. A very good example of an ersatz pickelhaube.
A very fine example of the classic M.16 trench helmet retaining virtually of its original apple green paint finish with minor abrasions. Stamped ‘GBN’ with the last digit of the shell size being indistinct, we estimate 64. The interior liner with all its three double tongued pads in excellent supple condition, two of the pads retain their original horsehair pads, one is missing. The original drawstring is intact fitted to the M.16 leather band. Two individual names hand inscribed to the rear of the helmet.
An exceptionally good example of the Mauser 98/05 bayonet. Good blued blade, heavy stampings ‘Waffenfabrik Mauser A.G.Oberndorf a.N’. Numbered ‘929’. Imperial acceptance stamping in two places on the flat back portion of the blade. Very nice stampings on the reverse side of the scabbard identical to the markings on the blade. Just below the base of the frog there is what appears to be shrapnel damage to the body of the scabbard, the scabbard retaining much original blued finish. The leather frog all intact with some slight stitching loose. Faintly maker marked and dated, the last digit of the date cannot be seen clearly. Complete with its red and white company knot. The upper pommel of the grip Imperial acceptance stamped. Wood ribbed grips excellent. Rifle retaining button complete and functioning correctly.
One of the rarest composition helmets of WWII being the First World War constructed M.18 with Luftwaffe twin decals, the army versions of this helmet can be obtained, there are examples of navy twin decals existing, we have never owned a Luftwaffe twin decal M.18. As is well known these helmets went to various changes in their life, first constructed as the M.18, all the helmets are ET64, the markings on this example are only just visible through the various layers of paint that this helmet has received in its life, it has a Luftwaffe blue grey painted finish, fortunately both the Luftwaffe and the national decal are good and clear, within the national tricolour there is cracking to the decal. This helmet has probably had at least 3or 4 different finishes throughout its life, firstly the factory finish as an M.18 when it was fitted with its three pad liner, then a further finish after service with the Reichswehr, possibly a third finish when used by the army of the Third Reich and one can only assume that very few helmets were needed for the Luftwaffe and stocks were taken from army stocks, refinished for a fourth time with the application of the Luftwaffe decal and national tricolour. There is minor rust bleed through the finish. The helmet is fitted with its M.35 aluminium liner band, its 8 tongued liner is all complete with the tips of the tongues split on three tongues.
A nice ET66 apple green interior shell with original owner’s name applied in white paint. To the exterior an apple green hand painted finish. Standard M.35 shell. The helmet was original issued as a factory finished apple green helmet, had possibly be returned to a refurbishment depot and had been over-painted by hand with decals then reapplied. Looking very closely through an eye glass at the SS runic decal the decal covers hand applied painted lines. To the swastika side the evidence of another decal originally fitted is visible. Various abrasions to the skull as can be seen on our web images and to the decals, this process is commonly encountered, the decals are 100% original to this helmet. The interior liner all complete showing much wear use with its original drawstring. The chinstrap is complete to both sides but broken in the centre. Aluminium liner band dated ‘1938’.
An ET64 M.40 shell, only very faint traces of the late M.35 early M.40 apple green finish. The decal, as can be seen from our web images, scratched but still clearly can be seen as an SS helmet. The helmet is with its original M.40 liner, all tongues supple and soft, a small section of drawstring remaining.
An ultra rare helmet of the Third Reich period being the M.18 style of helmet reproduced in the middle 1930’s for the Allgemeine SS and subsequently the SS Verfungenstruppe, the Allgemeine had black helmets, mainly plain with RZM stampings inside, the Verfungenstruppe had these early apple green helmets, although on the M.16/18 style are distinctively different to the knowledgeable collector. Excellent paint finish to this example, stress markings to the steel along the visor. To the interior the three pad M.16 style type of inner lining showing hardly any wear use with its chinstrap, which is riveted to both clips. The central strap is the adjustable type but not removable. The inner liner band stamped number ‘16’ also stamped ‘Bath and Wagawa Metellwarenfabrik Dresden B16’ with its phone number ‘Fernruf 65282’. To the interior of one of the liner pads the classic ‘SS/VA 1934’ rubber ink stamping. To one other of the side pads is a name label ‘M.Koch’ with the designation ‘SS/D’ (we presume Deutschland). The inner forehead pad is unmarked. The matching number ‘16’ in a florescent type ink that is stamped on the inner liner band is also stamped to the upper inner crown.
An extremely rare piece of headdress of WWII being a black Panzer army officers side cap, silver piping to the crown slightly oxidised with matching slightly oxidised silver piping to the front scallop of the cap. Fitted with an early officers Bevo woven eagle on grey backing with a bullion wire slightly oxidised national cockade having the inverted yellow V of the 24th Panzer Regiment, good size possibly 56. No moth damage or staining. Recently discovered within the effects of a British soldier who served in WWII.
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