New Collector Needs Advice On a M40 SD Luft Helmet.....
Hello to all,
I am a new young collector (23 years old.) I have always been fascinated with the Second world War. I am wanted to take on a new hobby of collecting original period items of the Axis Powers. I am a college student who is always short on funds, but am looking for that nice "entry level piece." I have found a M40 Luftwaffe Helmet on Gun Broker that I bid on, but it did not meet reserve. I offered the seller $375 for the helmet and am currently waiting on a reply. My questing to you experts is if it is real or not, and if it is a good entry level piece?
Any info would be greatly appreciated! Below is the link for the helmet, it can be viewed by copy and paste
German M40 Luftwaffe Helmet : WW1 & WW2 Collectibles at GunBroker.com
04-07-2015 06:13 AM
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Here are the pics
Its what we would call "salty" ... ( but in a good way )
All looks original to me and not a bad entry level helmet and price ( if the offer is accepted )
Bear in mind that the next level in quality will be double that..
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A shame the chinstrap is missing...
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Welcome to the forum, that is a reasonable M40 for the money so I hope you are successful in getting it. Leon.
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Welcome to the forum.
It looks like a winner to me, good luck with the buy.
I rather like the look of it's nicely worn appearance.
With that lot number of 12230, I even own a stable mate to it, although mine has been cleaned of
a post war coat of black paint, which has worn the decal somewhat, and has 2 repro rivets in the front.
It was my first ever WW2 German lid, and I still have it today.
Here is the link if you are interested M40 SD Luftwaffe hkp64
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The seller will not come off of the $425 mark. Is this a decent price.....I think I am going to agree on the price with him.
To me that seems a fair price for a nice solid (but salty - used not abused) lid missing a chin strap.
A good first helmet.
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