Original German WWII Luftwaffe M35 Double Decal Steel Helmet with 1938 dated Liner & Chinstrap - Q64
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an incredible all original example of a Model 1935 German early WWII "double decal" helmet, complete with original liner and chinstrap! It has the correct Luftwaffe Eagle decal on the left side, and a "National Colors" decal on the right. The use of the second decal was discontinued in 1940, and in 1943 it was ordered that helmets with the national colors have them removed, so finding a helmet with both still intact is a real treat!
Both decals are still retained at around 75%, and both have a lovely aged yellow look from the lacquer coating used on German decals. The paint is the correct smooth blue-gray Luftwaffe fliegerblau used on early helmets, which would later become textured, and is well retained. Just a great example of an early WWII period helmet!
The reverse, interior, neck guard apron is serial number stamped 4691 and the interior, left side, apron has the stamped manufacturer's code and size, Q64 indicating that it was manufactured by Quist in the German city of Esslingen. Size 64 is a nice smaller size that can accommodate liners from 56cm to 57cm or US 7 to 7 1/8. Size 64 shells are harder to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.
All three of the original liner split pins are present, though much of the original paint has worn off. The interior of the helmet still has the original M31 leather liner with all eight of its fingers intact and an intact top strap. The leather is still supple, but does show moderate wear, and some overall degradation, especially on the edge. The early war issue aluminum liner band is marked on the left outer side with 64 n.A. / 56, indicating that the liner is a size 56, intended for a 64 shell. The right side displays the full manufacture information, as well as a date:
D. R. P.
The band is the earliest pattern without reinforcements around the chin strap bails to support the chin strap. This liner is now somewhat deformed, as the chinstrap has pulled inward on the liner, bending the liner band as well as the band for the leather. There is even a break on the left side, and this very effectively indicates why they moved the reinforced pattern, and later the galvanized steel liner band.
Attached to the liner is an intact leather chinstrap, which looks to be a later war replacement, as the buckle and one of the studs are steel, while the other stud is aluminum. It shows service wear and degradation, and we were not able to see any markings on it.
Overall a very nice 100% genuine double decal Luftwaffe helmet with nice decals and fully intact rigging! We do not get helmets like these very often at all. Ready to display!
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, (Iron and Foundry Works), 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, (National Defence Force, Circa 1919-1933), era and on into the early years of the Third Reich until the development of the smaller, lighter M35 style helmet in June 1935.
The Luftwaffe pattern national eagle was originally introduced for wear by Fliegerschaft, (Pilot Base), personnel of the DLV, Deutscher Luftsportsverband, (German Air Sports Association), the clandestine, civilian, forerunner of the Luftwaffe on August 18TH 1934, and adopted for wear by the Luftwaffe on March 1ST 1935 along with the national tri-color shield for wear on the helmet.
The first pattern national eagle was utilized until a modified second pattern eagle was introduced in late 1936 or early 1937. Regulations of June 12TH 1940 discontinued the use of the national tri-color decal and further regulations of August 28TH 1943 abolished the national eagle decal and dictated that it was also to be removed from all helmets although the directives were not completely adhered to.
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