Heer helmet - yard sale find
Just got back from a Yard Sale in my area.
For the first time in my entire life I actually found a nice military item at a Yard Sale.
Heer it is, a nice SD Heer helmet.
Any thoughts on authenticity or comments on it would be appreciated.
Also, what do the letters and numbers mean on the helmet?
It is marked Q52 which I think means it was made by Quist and is a size 52 but I am not 100% sure.
05-25-2015 02:40 PM
wow, i am so jealous, well done
Great find!-Amazingly enough such items are still occassionally found at garage sales or estate sales!!
size is 62 not 52.you are correct about the maker
very nice helmet
Thank you for the input.
This guy buys stuff at storage locker auctions then re-sells on ebay.
He also has about 3-4 yard sales a year.
While I was there he was telling me that the locker where he picked up this helmet had a bunch of old US Army foot lockers in it.
The foot lockers contained about 20 US M1 helmets, web gear etc.
The storage locker also had a bunch of M1 Garands.
He is going to give me a heads up on the US helmets and I may even get a shot at one of the Garands.
So all in all it was a good hook up for me.
BTW, can anyone give me an idea on value?
I want to know how I did price wise.
I really like the helmet because it looks totally un-messed-with and the decal is cherry.
Retail value would likely be in to 1,100 to 1,300 range. Collector market is variable, 800 to 1000 I would suspect. Check out a collector's guild website and see if they have any M40 SD for sale in your condition and you will get an idea.
Thank you, I will do that.
Some of these sites are really high though.
That is why I have trouble valuing German helmets.
I am mostly a collector of US helmets.
I checked out SVM and it looks like $700 would not be unreasonable.
Nice honest M40 Quist
$7-800 would be pretty fair I think. Personally I value the larger lids higher (64,66,68) as the 62s seem almost childlike in size.