G004488 M18 HELMET. (Stahlhelm M18)

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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The helmet retains a good portion of its original feldgrau factory paint. The interior left side apron is stamped with the faint, manufacturers code and size, "Q66", indicating manufacture by F.W. Quist, G.m.b.H. Esslingen, size 66. The M17 natural leather liner is fully intact, with steel retaining band, three leather pads with two fingers each, with cotton pockets to the reverse. Liner adjustment string is present. The cotton pockets to the reverse of leather pads have their original tie strings intact and still contain padding. Chin strap is broken, but the remaining parts are included. Nice untouched helmet.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $1,910.00

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