Ww1 German M.16 Steel Helmet –(mod.1916 Stahlhelm) – Named & Camouflaged Shell
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Ww1 German M.16 Steel Helmet –(mod.1916 Stahlhelm) – Named & Camouflaged Shell:
A FIRST WORLD WAR CAMOUFlagED GERMAN M16 STAHLHELM (STEEL HELMET) SIZE 64 SHELL NAMED TO MUSKATEER HEINEMANN OF S.G.7.349 This is a very good example of a First War German Mod.1916 Stahlhelm painted ina three colourcamouFlage.The manufacturers code stamped into the right hand forward neck guard is unreadable but the circumference of the shell confirms it is a size 64. The stahlhelm is named to Musk. Heinmann of S.G.7.349
The German Model 1916 steel helmet which was introduced into the service with the forces of the German Empire in 1916 (hence the designation). It was designed primarily by two men, Frederich Schwerd and Dr. August Bier to protect soldiers heads from fragments and shrapnel injuries. As Chad Compton in his excellent Axis History online article records: “The designs for the Model 1916 were drawn up in September 1915. By December of that year, the M1916 was being used by a Sturm (Assault) battalion for trial purposes. The mass production of the 'Stahlhelm' began January 1916 and it was widely distributed to soldiers in the Imperial German Field Army on the western front”. The M.16 was replaced by the improved M.18 in 1918 but the wars end meant that relatively few of the new type were issued.
This Mod.1916 Stahlhelm does show evidence of use and has a good overall patina. Some traces of the helmet liner remain, attached to the fixing studs. Both lugs are still in place and serviceable although the chinstrap is missing. There is some surface rust, most noticeably on the inside of the shell but overall the helmet is very sound. The paint is faded and worn and appears to have been overpainted contemporaneously at least twice. The paint is worn in places and marked by old surface oxidization; there is evidence of the original base green paint finishbeneath both the camouFlage pattern on the exterior and interior of the shell.
This example is named to Musk. Heinmann – S.G.7.349 and attached to this listing for interest is a photograph showing a group of Prussian soldiers wearing similar Mod.1916 Stahlhelm.
From Australia, a very good example of the scarce and highly sought after First World War German Mod.1916 Stahlhelm steel helmet painted in three colour camouFlage and named to soldier serving with……….. As good an example as I have come across it is very similar to a number held in the collection of the Australian War Memorial which can be viewed online at: and at .POSTAGE: I don't charge more than the actual cost of shipping so what you pay is what it costs.