09-27-2016 10:11 PM
The silver lid you've shown looks more like barn
find to me. I have only one dug helmet from
Europe, and I know it was found in a pit
with quite a few others in varying
stages of decay.
Not keen on the idea of grave dug
Last edited by Walkwolf; 09-28-2016 at 12:39 AM.
I must assume you're a beginning collector, friend...welcome to the Forum...Relic Helmets are still plentiful and easily obtained on Ebay...These are indeed original relic helmets and they are an affordable alternative to the more expensive, Collector-Grade examples...
As for the ones posted, I wouldn't pay more than $35 for those, from Danzig or not...Just my personal opinion of course...
Most dug relics are perfectly legal, so long as they were dug by legally permitted diggers. There are, of course, various places and such that No digging is allowed under Any circumstances. Many places are simply deemed too dangerous to dig in for the piles of unexploded ordnance that are still in the ground(some as old as WWI!). Graves are another forbidden place to dig, of course. Some countries and locales require licensing to dig, and naturally, on private land, the land owners must give his approval as well. The laws vary widely from country to country and from locale to locale and it is always best to thoroughly check with the authorities where one wishes to search. In some places, even owning a metal detector is not allowed.
And, yes-the helmets you see being offered do, indeed, come from battlefield excavations. Remember, there were literally millions of helmets scattered throughout the whole of Europe and beyond over time. Even soldiers that surrendered and were taken prisoner generally just tossed their then useless helmets on the way. Many were scavenged for scrap metal and many more were just buried, trashed or tossed into any convenient ditch or hole in sight. Some collectors like having these pieces and some do not. It is just a matter of personal preference. Unfortunately, the Illegal diggers quite often ruin it for the Legal ones. They have no hesitation to go anywhere and everywhere they choose and do more damage in general than not. They are referred to in the hobby as "Black Diggers",and are to be much avoided. Know who you are buying from.
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
I am new to helmets. I have the unfortunate honor of being a person who briefly owned an "Eva Braun relic." That was my lousy introduction to the hobby. I bounced back and have an interest in Hitler Jugend badges. But these helmets are calling me. They are wildly fascinating to me. I just have to convince my wife that I need them.
Thank you for the ballpark figure. It's nice to have a baseline to work from. Thank you for responding.
You're in the right place to begin your journey...take a look at the various Helmet-Related Sections and feel free to ask for help before spending your money...
As the other guys have said, 'dug' helmets are easy to come across in Europe. Many aren't actually 'battlefield' finds - at the end of the war many were literally thrown into holes in the ground and bulldozed over.
Here's a cache of recently discovered Luftwaffe helmets which were on sale at a Belgian militaria fair in the Summer. Price varied from 20-40 Euros depending on condition.
There was a lot of dug up relic helmets that came form a post WWII dumping site in the Nederlands that was known as the "Big Hole".
Lots of helmets and other kit was piled into large holes there and just left to rot. Some were dug up legally but many of these mass pits are on Dutch military land and digging them is illegal.
As already stated, know the seller as some helmets will have been dug up from battlefield graves and should not be for sale and the diggers should be in prison.
That said, they are common and most will have been dug legally, but the practice might be outlawed in the future as more countries are likely to sooner or later to bring in laws to protect their historical heritage, as is already the case in some areas.
its just an opinion.