This one is a real winner! Both the liner and strap are also excellent. The party shield decal has retained about 95% with some small scrapes and scuffs. It shows honest age and use. The eagle was silver for army units and gold for the Navy. Despite the missing liner I would still rate this in excellent condition. It was without a doubt realized that decals were easier to apply then to paint the insignia by hand.
Although this helmet is not mint it is in good condition and this would be one of the hardest helmets of all to find for the advanced German helmet collector. It was missing so I installed an old string to hold the fingers in place. Yes please post the other helmets Hello James, Many thanks for your query and I am more than happy to respond to any others you may raise. Given a 6-month delay in the time that liner frames were produced and then actually installed into helmets, we still come up with early to Mid 1944 as the likely assembly period for these Quist M42s. The lack of war time photos showing the use of these helmets have made many question as to whether these helmets are nothing more then post-war vet art.
It has cost upwards of 65 million euros and is designed to withstand attacks by Kalashnikovs, but nevertheless has attracted many jokes. The liner leather is in dry and cracked condition. As with all our helmets, this German Heer helmet comes with our Lifetime Guarantee and Certificate of Authenticity. The liner band is dated 1939 and the liner shows very light use. Very clear and distinct quality control oval ink stamp visible on interior crown of helmet. The original liner tie string is still present.
While the discussion of these differences is beyond the scope of this article it should suffice to say that such differences do exist. The rivets have never been moved or re-bent. The types of helmets worn could be those designed only for combat, as well as many that were made simply to be worn as lightweight or medium duty protective headgear. This is a very exciting piece indeed. The black finish on this helmet shows age, use and some oxidation. The liner band is dated 1939.
Sheep skin leather liner fully pliable, undamaged and still retaining a nice creamy color. The order stated that the application of decals regardless branch of service were to be discontinued. It's a really good example of a Luftwaffe combat helmet which will display very well. The Luftwaffe decal rates at 85-90% intact with typical wear from field use. The M42 is very easy to identify given its unique characteristics.
The decals rate at 98% as well. The paint is very good with excellent decals. He was their Freund und Helfer Friend and Helper. The decal is early type without outside frame. The exterior exhibits quite a bit of paint loss and areas of surface rust. This helmet retains 98% of it's factory paint with some surface scratches and scuffs but no dents. The liner and chinstrap are both very good.
Two patterns of the German pith helmet exist--1st and 2nd. The Hohenzollern crest is clearly visible on this M16 helmet An Original but poorly renders Hohenzollern shield Aside from the Hohenzollern crest there is at least one more type of insignia found on Great War era German helmets. The string shows good wear and is unraveled in part. One piece covers the all-around visor, and six triangular-shaped. The existence of the many recorded veteran accounts of German machine gunners being executed upon capture, does raise a few questions about the use of these insignia. The liner shows moderate wear as does the chinstrap. It is the Air Raid Protection Police helmet.
A nice solid shell with no cracks, dents or holes. It also has the early roller buckle chin strap. A top-shelf helmet by any measure. This is extremely rare, extremely gorgeous, and a reasonable price. It was indirectly Veteran sourced by myself out of Medford, Oregon back in March of 2009.