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M35 DD Luftwaffe

Article about: Posting a few pics of an M35 DD Luftwaffe helmet I picked up at an auction a few months ago. Came from an estate auction for a vet. Supposedly he took it off of a Flak Gunner in Cherbourg, F

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    Posting a few pics of an M35 DD Luftwaffe helmet I picked up at an auction a few months ago. Came from an estate auction for a vet. Supposedly he took it off of a Flak Gunner in Cherbourg, France. Soliciting opinions on authenticity and value. It's an ET66, Lot # 3652. Chinstrap looks like a WUPPERTAL E. dated 1937, and is also stamped marked LBA. Reinforced liner bands dated 1938, square chinstrap bales. The decals appear to have been painted over in a rough textured paint and some of the decals have been lost and what remains shows in relief from under the textured paint. Looks to be a first pattern Luftwaffe eagle. Several small areas of textured paint remain on the exterior. Interior retains smooth paint. Couldn't find an acceptance stamp but the dome has a layer of dirt and soot. Split pins are loose but don't appear to have been removed or replaced. The liner has a handwritten name "Rich Hammend" Don't know who he is or his relation to the helmet. What are ya'll thoughts? Value? Thanks!
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    Very nice! Gotta love those Luft lids!
    ~Dean

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    Nice lid.......................!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Looks like a textbook double decal Luftwaffe M35 to me. I don't think the decals have been liberated. I think it's just natural wear.

    I would expect to see a helmet like this sell for perhaps $900-$1,100, perhaps more if you can prove the vet provenance. Then again I don't recall seeing a DD LW M35 for sale for some time, not that they are rare, but just because I ten to only look for helmets that I can afford.

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    Nice looking lid. If I was buying I would be thinking $800 for this baby.

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    Nice honest helmet.

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    Thanks for the kind remarks on my purchase. The hammer price at the auction was $525, plus the buyer's premium (which isn't cool) made it about $614 total. I suppose not a bad price for this type of helmet.

    ObKrieger: I agree with you, I think the rough textured paint was applied in the field and wore off over time, never being repaired by the soldier. I see no evidence of scraping or forced removal of the paint as I have seen on other helmets. Factory mint condition helmets are great, but, in my opinion, they just can't touch a true battle worn helmet!

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    I think that is a very good price, I recently got a M35 DD LW made a little later than yours for $750. The decals are a little more intact but yours has very nice character (and also a chinstrap).

    Alec

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    It's got a nice first pattern eagle, too, which is a nice touch. I would love to have it in my collection!
    Last edited by ObKrieger; 09-28-2011 at 01:22 AM. Reason: heheh, accidently left out the space between "is" and "a" so it became "Infanterie Sturmabzeichen".

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    Good price. You got it almost at wholesale. You could make $300 if you flipped it at full value...

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