This helmet has been passed down to me through my Grandfather originally from Baden Germany years ago while visiting family. My Great Grandfather moved to America from Germany at the beginning of The Civil War with his brother. Very Rare” WW1 to WW2 Experimental M18 Ear Hole Cut Out Helmet “Original Stamped in 1920 ET68 Batch # 7888. A Very Rare Showcase Piece Highly Scarce. “You” make the final decision.. “Very Rare” WW1 to WW2 Experimental M18 Ear Hole Cut Out Helmet “Original” Stamped in 1920 with WW2 style font including batch number to the back of this helmet. Fantastic German Stahlhelm WWI M1918 ” Ear Cut-Out ” known as : “Cavalry”, “Artillery”, or “telephone talkers”. Probably the subtitle strap has been replaced. USED – RUST – METAL – LEATHER. Type: Eat Cut M18 ET68. Country of Origin: Germany. Period: 20th – early (WW I). Sorry, this lot is closed! Discovery from the cellar, with remains of camouflage paint, with unfortunately oxidation and rust layers. But this is a very rare piece! B Below the description the history of this model “M1918 Ear Cut-Out Helmets “. What I present today is a helmet very rare for me, although lately the collection is based on German helmets WW2 models m35, m40, m42. This helmet was found in a cellar in 1998, and for my surprises it is not a normal M18, but the version commonly called “Ear Cut-Out” or “cavalry”, “artillery”, or “telephone talkers” helmet because of its general appearance and popularity with men serving in these roles. Unfortunately, apparently the helmet has been in moisture for many years and the signs of oxidation and rust are seen. But at the same time layers of camouflage paint are visible. We can not rule out reuse in the Second World War. The lot number is present and still visible: 5571. HERE THE STORY OF THE M1918 Ear Cut-Out Helmets. The unique characteristics of the M1918 “Ear Cut-Out” are evident from the upward dip along the sides of the helmet shell. The M1918 Ear Cut-Out is often referred to as the “cavalry”, “artillery”, or “telephone talkers” helmet because of its general appearance and popularity with men serving in these roles. The helmet was developed and tested in August of 1918 when requests were made by front line troops for a helmet that allowed for better hearing in the trenches. An estimated 2,100 M1918 Ear Cut-Out were produced in medium sized 64cm shells by the established firm of Eisenhüttenwerke located in Thale. A planned total of 100,000 helmets were to be manufactured before the end of World War I. The helmet proved successful and had it not been for the armistice signed in November 1918 this helmet might have been the next version slated for issue to all front line troops. So popular was the M1918 Ear Cut-Out, that in the mid to late 1920s at least one German firm was contracted to reproduce the helmet in the larger 68cm shell size. This was intended to supplement the small number of World War I era shells in service and to aid in expanding the head sizes available from a maximum of 57cm to a much larger 59cm. Like many transitional helmets, some were stored and later repainted with rough texture paint and then reissued to Wehrmacht troops in 1940. Overall the M1918 Ear Cut-Out is considered rare due to the limited number produced. My helmet is 100% Authentic and Super Rare…… Look at my high resolution photos and decide on the condition yourself. I have said exactly what I see and think with nothing to hide. I make it crystal clear about all that I know on my antiques placed for sale, with no shoot from the hip fabricated stories. There are some bad eggs out there, which I have had my share of , but please note I have clearly stated exactly how I work and would expect the same from buyers as well. Due to ITAR Federal Laws; No Military Items or Weapons are allowed to leave The United States.. Displays – Props Not Included. If there are unclear photos, please do let me know and more can be sent to you. This is a limited time sale of years worth of antiquities and other items for sale to open up more room including too much business travel to enjoy them. Again my photos are of the exact item and tell the story of its condition. Once again, you get exactly what you see in my photos except any display items, backgrounds, props, etc. Boxes Please, No United States Embassies. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. The item “Extremely Rare WW2 German Helmet M18 Experimental Ear Cut Out ET68 Real Deal” is in sale since Sunday, May 5, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Germany\Hats & Helmets”. The seller is “evolution-101″ and is located in Tallahassee, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.
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- Country/Region of Manufacture: Germany