Original German WWII Luftwaffe M35 Single Decal Helmet with Textured Paint - Q64
Original Item: Only One Available. 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.
This example of a Luftwaffe M35 helmet retains much original textured paint, but shows wear and use. The left side of the helmet has a second pattern, (Circa 1936/1937-1945), black detailed, silvery/white, Luftwaffe eagle decal, clutching a canted swastika in one talon. The decal is retained 60%. All three liner retaining pins are intact with paint that matches the shell. The interior of the helmet still has an aged Luftwaffe blue/grey painted finish, and does not appear to have been repainted.
The reverse, interior, neck guard apron is serial number stamped, ?982 and the interior, left side, apron has the faint, stamped manufacturer's code and size, Q64 indicating that Quist in Esslingen, Germany manufactured it. Due to the textured paint, the markings are hard to read. Size 64 is a nice large size that can accommodate liners from 56cm to 58cm or US 7 to 7 1/4. Size 64 shells are harder to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.
The helmet still has its correct M31 liner with all 6 of the 8 fingers intact. The liner still has its original leather size adjustment string. There is discoloration from wear and age. The liner band is the stamped aluminum type seen on early war helmets. Unfortunately we are not able to see any of the markings on the band due to corrosion and how tightly it fits.
The chin strap is present and in fair condition, though it has a tear around the right attachment rivet.
Overall a very nice totally correct 100% genuine Luftwaffe helmet!
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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