BACKGROUND: The first "modern" steel helmets were introduced by the French army in early 1915 and were shortly followed by the British army later that year. With plans on the drawing board, experimental helmets in the field, ("Gaede" helmet), and some captured French and British helmets the German army began tests for their own steel helmet at the Kummersdorf Proving Grounds in November, and in the field in December 1915. An acceptable pattern was developed and approved and production began at Eisen-und Hüttenwerke, AG Thale/Harz, in the spring of 1916. These first modern M16 helmets evolved into the M18 helmets by the end of WWI. The M16 and M18 helmets remained in usage through-out the Weimar Reichswehr era and on into the early years of the Third Reich until the development of the smaller, lighter M35 style helmet in June 1935. In an effort to reduced construction time and labor costs minor modifications were introduced in March 1940 resulting in the M40 helmet. Further construction modifications were undertaken in August 1942 resulting in the M42 helmet.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The stamped sheet steel construction helmet retains most of its original hand applied camouflage rough textured feldgau over paint. The left side of the helmet has Wehrmacht eagle decal which is retained about 85%. Eagle has been neatly hand painted around when the over paint was applied. The outline of the tri-color decal is still visible under the camo paint on the right side. All three liner retaining rivets and both inserted ventilation bushings are all intact. The interior of the helmet has an age and usage darkened M31 tan leather liner with all of its fingers and original tie string intact. The interior reverse neck guard apron is serial/lot number stamped, "3487", and the interior left side apron is stamped with the manufacturers code and size, "Q66", indicating manufacture by F.W. Quist, G.m.b.H. Esslingen, size 66. The helmet comes complete with a blackened leather chinstrap with a natural aluminum pronged buckle and retaining studs. Chinstrap has Koln makers mark with a 1941 date. Nice untouched helmet is a good large size.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $2,195.00

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