German Helmets - Large Sizes

M40 #22 ET66 - The shell is an original WWII 1940 Model. The maker/size stamp was faintly visible as ET66. ET denotes the maker as being Eisenhuttenwerke, Thale and 66 as the shell size, 66cm. The lot number also visible faintly inside the rear skirt was __162, the first two numerals not legible. This shell remains very solid. The outer surface was affected by rust and pitting, the inner to a lesser extent. The original outer band and rivets were present and intact but not in a condition to be retained. The shell was stripped to bare metal, rust treated, repaired, primed and then painted in grey-green with a textured outer surface per 1940 specifications. The liner is a nice replacement M1931 helmet liner, with a galvanized steel outer band. It is ink marked as size 59 (59cm head size). The draw string is a shoe lace weave, cotton type and the leather is calfskin. This liner is of high quality, sourced from the Czech Republic, identical to originals and the best on the market. The leather chin strap is a very nice replacement with steel hardware. It is marked Wilhelm Ellers Jr.Bielefeld 1942. This helmet is restored to depict a stock standard issue, and classic, 1940 single decal Army (Heer) example. $370 AUD

M40 #33 - The shell is an original WW2 Model 1940 ‘beaded’ example. Beaded helmets signify those that failed quality control for use as combat helmets; they were then relegated for non-combat purposes: a Luftshutz (air defence) role. Little of the original paint existed on the outer due to advance rust but the original Luftschutz decal could be seen. Much of the original paint could be seen on the inner though in poor condition. The name ARMINA-FARBER was clearly visible in white ink inside the skirt; the helmet was presumably issued to a female. Only 66 was visible of the maker/size stamp indicating a 66cm shell. The vent-hole shape and the lot number of 1234 would indicate a late 1941 made ET shell (Eisenhuttenwerke, Thale). When acquired the shell was fitted with the outer remnants of a leather liner with spacers and original rivets. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in a semi-gloss dark blue. Ironic that this helmet was purchased from Israel. The liner is a nice replacement M1931 helmet liner, with a zinc outer band. The leather is ink marked as size 59 (59cm head size). The liner has a shoe lace weave, cotton type drawstring while the leather is pig skin. This liner is of the highest quality; imported from the Czech Republic; identical to originals and the best on the market. The leather chin strap is a very nice replacement with steel hardware; it is soft and pliable; and is marked RB Nr0/0390/0204. A new Luftschutz decal has been applied to the front. $540 AUD