Original German WWI M18 Refurbished WW2 Transitional SS Helmet with Original M31 Liner - Shell Stamped TJ68
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fine example of totally original Model M18 M-1918 German WWI large size 68 helmet shell. The shell is stamped TJ68 indicating that C. Thiel & Söhne, -Lübeck manufactured it. Size 68 is a nice large size that can accommodate liners from 60cm to 62cm or US 7 1/2 to 7 3/4. Size 68 shells are VERY hard to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.
Notable history of the WWI M18 Refurbished WW2 Transitional SS Helmet with Original M31 Liner:
- In the early days of the SS, The Leibstandarte were outfitted with old WWI equipment, including WWI Stahlhelms
- As the Wehrmacht introduced new equipment, there was a transition between the old WWI and the new Pre-WWII inventory
- The was true with helmets where new liners were developed and put into the old helmets until enough of the new M35 shells could be produced
- Finding an original WWI helmet with the original WWII M31 liner is rare and very desirable for a collector.
- The helmet represents those early SS units
What does refurbished mean? While the shell is 100% genuine WWII manufacture, we have tasked, perhaps the very best German Helmet restorer in the USA, to customize this helmet. Every detail is hand done, with the finest materials including a hand painted shell with high quality authentic decal. Please know that the paint, decal, liner and chinstrap, while they look totally original are all new and the helmet has been refurbished to look as if it was picked up off the battle field by a USGI and brought home as a war trophy.
This helmet is one-of-a-kind there will never be one exactly like it making it a true collectors piece that will do nothing but appreciate in value in the coming years. This is a rare opportunity to own a genuine WWII German Helmet for a fraction of the cost of one with original camouflage paint and decals.
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