Answers to some of the most
commonly asked questions regarding helmet values are described in
this section. Additional topics can be explored by linking to
one of the subject areas listed below.
What is the
value of my helmet?
The given value
of any helmet is based on market trends and buyer interest.
Like any antique, the type or model including overall condition is
very important when considering value. Generally speaking, the
better the condition of the helmet the more it will be worth.
Most German helmets found today in attics or cellars are in
"average" condition. Those that have been stored well over the
years and have all of their components intact and in good shape are
'above average' or possibly "excellent" by comparison. Buyer
interest really determines value. Some buyers are looking for
below average prices, while others might be happy to pay above
average prices just to acquire a given piece. An "average" and
common German combat helmet that is entirely original and unaltered
is going to have a baseline value of several hundred dollars in
today's collector marketplace. Civic model helmets generally start
a bit less. Some helmets can be valued hundreds
or thousands of dollars above this base-line depending on factors
related to condition and rarity. Anything that has been done
to modify or alter its appearance will quickly devalue a given
helmet even if it is a rare or scarce variety.
How can I
have my helmet accurately appraised?
several options that you can choose from that are beneficial.
The choice you make is highly dependent on the value you place on
the appraiser's knowledge in this area. The more experience
the appraiser has with helmets the more likely you are to achieve a
good and solid estimate of true value.
Appraisal: You can estimate the value of your helmet by
attempting to compare a similar model to those for sale on
websites or online auctions. This can be problematic however
in the sense that vendors or dealers in militaria can often over
price a helmet simply because they can get those prices from their
established clientele. In other words, a dealer may be able
to sell a helmet for $975 US but you may only be able to get $450
US because you are not a full-time dealer in this area. In
addition, online auctions produce selling and buying prices that
fluctuate greatly on a daily basis. As a result, they do not
always help when it comes to knowing exact values.
Professional Appraisal: You can have your helmet
appraised by a knowledgeable helmet collector or 'expert' that
knows what typical values are within the buying and selling
marketplace. Some militaria dealers with websites are
accustomed to pricing helmets and would be more than willing to
assist in this area. The
German-Helmets.com also provides free online appraisals and will
make an offer to purchase your helmet in the event that you are
interested in selling it. Other dealers or collectors tend
to charge between $25 and $50 for an online appraisal which is
common in the hobby.
Appraisal: Another source for getting appraisal of value
is to take your item to a local gun or military show. These
generally take place at civic centers or fairgrounds several times
per year. In addition, very large and well established
collector shows exist around the United States as well as in
Europe and the United Kingdom. Show appraisals are
"real-time" estimates with the opportunity to directly sell your
item to a show dealer. However, you should be aware of the
fact that show prices are often inflated and dealers normally
offer between 25% and 50% of actual value when purchasing.
The reason for this is simple as it relates to their need to allow
for adequate mark-up when it comes to reselling your item to their
value of my helmet increase with time?
most antiques the value of your helmet will increase with time.
It is not uncommon to see values climbing an average of 2% to 7% per
year. The value, once again, is really based on buyer
interest, market trends, the economy, and the overall condition of