Relic/Battle Damaged M-35 Stahelm

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    Edward T.
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    Relic/Battle Damaged M-35 Stahelm

    Post by Edward T. on Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:04 pm

    I thought I would share this piece as I'm still confused at it myself. Very Happy

    Over the summer a flea market vendor was selling this particular M-35 helmet. The large shell hole on the left side was patched with duck tape and tinfoil (looked to have been there for quite a while), sloppily painted gray with hand added SS runes, lots of rust, and sand added to the gray paint. The seller said he picked it up at a estate sale and would sell it for $15, the same price he paid.

    I stripped and sanded the helmet down to bare metal (there was no original paint left)and put lots of primer and coats of Krylon for future protection.The helmet is still very solid and retains it's shape well.

    Here is a left profile shot showing the largest of damage.



    Right profile shot and cleaner then the left.



    Reverse of helmet showing one entry hole towards the bottom of helmet, also several dents and a stress crack towards the top.



    And finally the interior the of helmet. Not much left but the separately applied vent holes.



    Unfortunately the history of the helmet is lost. Perhaps it was shot up in battle or by a couple of hooligans in the woods? Perhaps it was a grave marker helmet taken by a tourist after the war? Hit with a pickax?

    Regardless, it makes a nice paperweight lol!
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    mr.b
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    Re: Relic/Battle Damaged M-35 Stahelm

    Post by mr.b on Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:39 pm

    WOW
    I would hate to be the poor fella that wore that lol. I have a battle damaged police helmet like that. I should post pics of that. i like the paint job you did on it incredible.
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    Re: Relic/Battle Damaged M-35 Stahelm

    Post by Edward T. on Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:32 pm

    mr.b wrote:WOW
    I would hate to be the poor fella that wore that lol. I have a battle damaged police helmet like that. I should post pics of that. i like the paint job you did on it incredible.
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    Thanks for the reply!

    That police helmet sounds very neat, can't wait to see pictures. Very Happy
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    Re: Relic/Battle Damaged M-35 Stahelm

    Post by Easy Gee on Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:57 am

    Hi Edward.

    I love it, it looks to have battlefield damage typical of these era lids, bet it looks cool on display Wink

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    Re: Relic/Battle Damaged M-35 Stahelm

    Post by Edward T. on Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:03 pm

    Easy Gee wrote:Hi Edward.

    I love it, it looks to have battlefield damage typical of these era lids, bet it looks cool on display Wink

    Thanks Easy! Indeed it does look cool in person. Very Happy
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    Re: Relic/Battle Damaged M-35 Stahelm

    Post by Dolan on Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:58 am

    Sounded pretty sloppy beforte youn redid it.. wel done! and good find Smile

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