• 15
    Jul

Spiked Helmets Worn for Military Fashion not Function

The early Imperial German Empire took much pride in fashionable uniforms and headgear for its military, often choosing ornamental gear over more practical pieces. Brass helmets with colorful plumes, exotic bearskin and other exotic furs were made to create a sense of wealth and power. Grenadiers, or “grenade men,” wore high peaked hats to create […]

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  • 24
    Jan

Imperial Russian Garde Du Corps Officer’s Helmet Hammers for $17,050 At Mohawk

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – An Imperial Russian Garde du Corps officer’s helmet, made circa 1900-1917 and in overall excellent condition, with a gilt finish skull and an upswept lobster tail, sold for $17,050 at Mohawk Arms’ Auction #70. The helmet was the top achiever of the more than 1,500 lots of militaria and weaponry that came […]

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  • 17
    Sep

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1950s Gentex Corporation H-4 Flight Aircraft Helmet

QUESTION: I have a helmet that was given to me by my deceased aunt. It is gold in color, has a ribbed top, and a decal of a wing with an anchor above two buttons to which a face shield or oxygen mask could be attached. Inside is a textile lining which includes a piece […]

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  • 28
    Feb

Collecting U.S. Naval Uniforms from the Second World War

When I was younger, we used to have this debate: If you were in combat in the Second World War, which branch of service would you want to be in. With me, it always came down to survival, so I usually ended up choosing the U.S. Navy. My reasoning went something like this: You definitely […]

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  • 18
    Jul

Military Headdresses: The Ultimate Fashion Statement

While new trends in fashion can provide something to talk about, depending exactly on the statement new fashion is trying to make. It’s hard to believe that just 200 years ago, men’s militia hats were a fashion statement too. Militia groups were formed by men of means who banded together to form troops of cavalry, […]

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  • 3
    Jun

German World War II Police helmet

Pictured is a World War II German model 1934 Police helmet. The helmet has double decals on either side. One decal is the German Eagle with swaztica in silver and black and wreath of silver and black surrounded in black with a silver colored border representing the German nation.

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  • 22
    Apr

German World War One Pilot’s helmet

During the First World War flight was in it’s infancy. Many people had only read about airplanes and the many new inventions relating to flight. New aviation inventions were develped by Germany, France Great Briton, Italy, Austria-Hungary Russia and the U.S. Airplanes at the begining of the war were used mainly for reconnaissance of the enemies supply lines and trench forifications.

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  • 22
    Mar

Italian World War II Chrome helmet

The Italian Army wore the French Adrian helmet during World War I, eventually producing its own version known as the Model 1916. All that changed after Benito Mussolini came to power in 1925.

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  • 8
    Jan

Book Review: M-1 Helmet of the WW2 US GI

I’ve been visiting Peter Oosterman’s site (www.m-1helmet.com) for a while because, in my opinion, it is the nicest looking militaria-related site on the web. When I heard he was publishing a book on M1 helmets, I was eager to purchase a copy. My expectations were high because the book cost $119.90 (including international postage), but it ended up being money well spent.

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