H065178 M35 HELMET. (Stahlhelm M35)

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 a good portion of its hand applied over-paint in feldgrau. All three liner retaining rivets and both inserted ventilation bushings are all intact. One of the split-pin washers is missing indicating that the liner has been removed from the helmet and may be replaced. The interior of the helmet has an M31 tan leather liner with all of its fingers and new recently added tie string intact. Size and lot numbers are not visible due to the overpaint. Somebody has attempted to post war add decals and then removed them. Comes with a nice original M35 chinstrap. Period worn and used example. Not a beauty queen, but OK helmet for displaying a helmet cover. Appropriately priced. Would be good for displaying a helmet cover on.

GRADE *** 1/4                                         PRICE $476.00

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