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Dave's Desk  

Previous Issues

Issue #1 Black Allgemeine SS out of the Woodwork

Issue #2 General Update & Rambling On

Issue #3 Sometimes I have to keep 'em

Issue #4 History, that's what is all about!

Issue #5 Wow, What a Year!

Issue #6 Pre-Show of Shows

Issue #7 Show of Shows

Issue #8 Determining Authenticity

Issue #9 Slow Market???

Issue #10 Changes at WW2GermanHelmets.com 


Issue #11 Let's talk about a Helmet!!! 

Good day history buffs!   This month I thought I would Blog about a helmet.   Hey, that's what this whole website is geared around so why not talk about a helmet.   While, I generally get between 100-130 helmets a year, I can't afford to keep them all.   I normally do try to put a few back here and there for my own collection.   Trust me, if I could keep them all I would but it's just not feasible.   Unfortunately for me, I have to make a living and feed the family, so most of them head back out onto the market.   Now, here's one that I just landed from a nice fellow in Oregon.   It is just a spectacular M1942 Heer Wire Camouflage helmet.   As you probably know, Wire helmets are very tough to find, especially ones that are considered one lookers.    This helmet just came in last Friday and I really was taken by this one right out of the box.  The wire just has the perfect patina and oxidation that you want to see, plus the ghosting of the wire, and the wear that generally occurs with a wire helmet from branches and twigs being jammed in there.   A high percentage of wire helmets that we see are Luftwaffe helmets so it was really neat to find one that is a Heer with a nice intact decal.    The helmet itself had a chunky overpaint then later in the War, the Wire was added.   The only drawback to the helmet is the liner condition.   The German soldier wearing this helmet most likely was KIA as there is a lot of blood in the liner and the iron in human blood just wreaks havoc on leather.   The remnants of the chinstrap on one side also was blood soaked.   So, what we have here is a helmet that oozes character, top to bottom.   This one even has a twig still in the wire.  I have left the helmet exactly the way it was found.   I placed this one inside my display case and it looks like it will be staying...unless I run out of money, which in the current economy can happen.   But I tend to be very optimistic and business seems pretty healthy at the present time.   

This M1942 Heer also has some great provenance.   This one was brought back by Lt. Col. Gordon Singles of the 100th Infantry Division.   

       

The MAX show (Sept 30, Oct 1 & 2)

http://www.themaxshow.com/

I thought I would give a quick update on the MAX Show.   Again, just another great time.   I really appreciate how organized and well run this show is.   Tom Johnson and Tom Wittmann do a fabulous job promoting the show and with making sure that things go smoothly.   The new facility, the Monroeville Convention Center is really nice.   The staff worked really hard  to accommodate the dealers and collectors.   I found that the show was much like what we experienced at the SOS in February.   Rare items held up nicely on price and sold quickly and the more common items sat.  There were some bargains to be had and it was a buyers market at the show.   I did spend consider time cruising around the show and picked up some new items for the website.   There were also some walk ups at the show with the usual mix of interesting items.   The best part of the show if meeting you, the collectors.   You guys are what sustain my business and I really appreciate that as well as I appreciate the friendship that I have developed over the years with many of you.   For those of you that made the effort to find me at the show so we can get introduced, I send out a big thanks!    As WW2GermanHelmets approaches our 6th year in operation, I can say that the future is bright and it is exciting as I never know what great helmet or item is going to bubble up from out of the woodwork next.   

 

                   

My son Kyle was my table helper this year and did a great job!!!

 

And in closing, here's a picture of my youngest son, Trey (5).   Trey is already a burgeoning history buff and loves the WWII aircraft.   Trey and I went and saw the B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" at the Asheville Airport on what was a picture perfect day for weather.   I encourage each of you to share your passion for history with our young ones.   They need to understand and appreciate the History of WWII.   

Until next time, happy hunting!

Dave 

 

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Payment Methods and Shipping   

Cash, Check, Money Order, PayPal, Visa/MasterCard, and Bank Transfer are all accepted.   I also am pleased to accept layaways.   Simply pay 1/2 down, then pay the remaining balance within 30 days.  Once the balance is paid, I will ship your item promptly. 



There will be a 4.0% fee for PayPal purchases. For PayPal, simply provide me with your e-mail address and the item(s) you want and I will forward you a PayPal invoice.   MasterCard/Visa purchases include a 3.5% processing fee for US and international orders.

SHIPPING 

Items will be shipped after the check clears for items paid with personal checks. 

Shipping will be handled on a quote basis.  Generally we use UPS for domestic as the tracking is superior and the service very reliable.  We can  offer FedEx & USPS shipping as well.   

International shipping is also on a quote by quote basis.  I will ship to any country that shipping is available.   Be advised that if you are in a banned country, the risk for customs seizure is yours.  For International shipments I recommend using USPS Express International Mail as it can be tracked.  EMS is more expensive, however less services with the US Postal Service put you at risk for loss as the tracking capabilities are limited.  For the safest and best tracking as well as the fastest transit time, I recommend United Parcel Service, International Door to Door Service.  For shipments with low value declared without proper insurance, WW2GermanHelmets.com cannot accept liability for loss or damage.    

 

Please make checks and money orders payable as follows:

 

WW2GermanHelmets, Inc.

128 Silver Pine Drive  

Hendersonville NC 28739

USA  

Email:  GermanHelmets@morrisbb.net

Phone:  828-335-1944

 


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