GERMANY – STALHELM – M-1916 – WITH FULL INTERIOR
The M-1916 was introduced in 1916 as a replacement for the leather and felt headdress worn by the various units in the German army. Interestingly on a limited basis the stalhelm was preceded by a metal pickelhaube and kugelhelm which were often produced by toy makers who worked in tin and other metals such as the well known toy maker Bing who did produce those helmets.
The classic shape of the stalhelm was used not only in the M-16, but in the M-17 and M-18. Further it was used by the Detusche Heer, Luftwaffe, and the SS during WW II. This same basic shape was adopted by the U.S. military in the 1980’s in place of the M1 helmet which was used during WW II, the Korean War, and Viet Nam War. American troops and are often referred to the new style helmet as the “Fritz.” This helmet offers superior protection and can withstand a rifle round in its latest configuration.
Our example today, is unpainted. The condition of the exterior would rate very fine. Looking in the interior we see that all three pads are in place. This is a bit unusual as most of the helmets that we see are totally bare and are considered shells. Attached to one of the pads we see a part of a chinstrap.
It is not uncommon to see helmets with a full interior to be priced at $1,000.00. If they are complete with interior and a chinstrap, they can often be priced at $1,500.00 or more.
Our helmet today is a good solid value.