World War II Collectibles: Headgear


This exclusive excerpt is from the newly expanded second edition of Warman’s World War II Collectibles, Identification and Price Guide, by Michael Haskew (Krause Publications, 2010). This exclusive excerpt is from the newly expanded second edition of Warman’s World War II Collectibles, Identification and Price Guide, by Michael Haskew (Krause Publications, 2010).


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MK III Combat Helmet, "Turtle" shell-shaped helmet with darkened khaki finish. Interior has black rubber bolstered MK II liner with cruciform pad, complete with adjustable web chinstrap. $125
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Headgear Collecting Hints


Pros Cons
• Headgear is extremely personal. The collector can determine some of a soldier’s history from a single piece.
• Supply is plentiful. It is easy for a collector to find a level that is both affordable and enjoyable.
• Display is not difficult. A few shelves and hat stands will allow a collector to adequately and safely exhibit their items.
• Items are small enough that shipping is not a big issue, enabling a collector to buy from any source in the world.
• In the arena of helmets, fakes abound. If a helmet displays any sort of decal or painted insignia, it is best to approach it with suspicion.
• Helmets are prone to changes in humidity. Rust is the biggest threat to a helmet collection.
• It is easy to get carried away and acquire more than one can enjoy or even afford. Supply is high, so a collector needs to exercise discipline and purchase wisely rather than wildly.
• If you decide to collect either helmets or visor caps, rare examples are going to run into the thousands of dollars.



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