Much advice can be given the
beginning collector regarding how to identify an original helmet
from a fake. So numerous are the things to remember that
the prospect of finding a decent, entirely authentic helmet
often seems like the impossible. Even so, there are many
original helmets still available. With a little luck, some
solid advice, and a few dollars a person can find a decent
helmet to purchase that will hold its value as a historical item
and investment. New collectors should bear in mind the
following items as they consider whether or not to purchase a
The decals, paint,
chinstrap, and leather lining system on a helmet are generally
the keys to discovering whether or not the helmet has been
tampered with and whether or not it is original. Close
examination of these components are crucial. Too many
collectors focus only on the decal insignia when attempting to
determine a helmet's authenticy.
helmets are very uncommon. Most on the market are in fact
reproductions both old and new. If originals are found,
the sellers tend to be collectors or military collectable
dealers who know what they have. As a result, the helmet
will be priced very high.
helmets for fraudulent gain are generally well organized and
work as teams. Others are single individuals working on their
own. Over the course of a few years, one can easily spot
the same "handiwork" from various artists. They tend to
replicate the same things over and over like a good painter.
"Fake" helmets sold
as "originals" for fraudulent gain come from all over the world.
However the majority appear to originate from Eastern Europe,
the United States, and Great Britain. Many modern fakes
surface from Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Latvia,
Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Hungary. One only needs to
watch the auction listings to determine this.
There is no
substitute for handling and examining original helmets as a
Participating in online chat forums
or military collector forums is a good method for learning about
German helmets. However not everyone who participates on
these lists are "experts." Many people who contribute to
forums such as these are simply doing so in an effort to build
their image and control various aspects of the market. Be
cautious about believing everything you read on the comments
posted on collector forums.
Each section of German-Helmets.com
is divided into separate Information Tracks that outline important
details, facts, and historical notes pertaining to steel helmets used by
the German Armed Forces during World War II.
Information Tracks are organized
by subject matter and their content is directly related to the service arm
or organization to which each topic is related. Topic areas that
bridge one subject matter to another are cross linked within each Information Track.
This Information Track provides collector facts pertaining to
modern helmet fakes and reproductions. Individual links related to this subject are