Stahlhelm M18 by Quist

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Stahlhelm M18 by Quist

Post by Lars13 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:34 pm

In the late 80's / early 90's I bought this Stahlhelm for the princely sum of 150 guilders, equivalent to just less than 70 euros. Armed with the knowledge from the French Militaria Magazine I recognised the 1918 model and the Abnahme-Kommando stamp, and I remember I was a bit disappointed by it being an M18 rather than M16. The dealer said he would provide the chin-strap later, however that didn't materialise (and I didn't really think that it would either, although at the time I didn't know how rare these chin-straps are).

Looking back, with today's knowledge, I realise the dealer could have easily sold me a Norwegian / Afghan / ??? refurbished Stahlhelm and I wouldn't have been the wiser as long as the refurbished liner would have looked even slightly like the original liner. Luck rather than skill :-"

The paint has turned brown in some spots, the colour is closest to the actual colour in the pictures from the inside (for some reason the pictures from the outside turned out out of focus).

Best regards, Lars

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Wearer's name

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Maker's mark Q66

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Steel lot number in dome

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Re: Stahlhelm M18 by Quist

Post by aicusv » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:48 pm

Very nice, I have an M'18 that I purchased years ago ($12 USD) that some one painted green using automotive paint. I picked up because, although it had no liner, it had the original liner's band and wasn't a transitional 3R helmet.

A friend and fellow collector has an M'18 transitional that has regimental stamping on the inside of the front visor (I get a chance I'll take photos). Has any else seen or have a steel helmet regimentally marked?
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Re: Stahlhelm M18 by Quist

Post by Westfront » Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:24 pm

Nice helmet :thumb up:

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Re: Stahlhelm M18 by Quist

Post by Lars13 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:27 am

According to the Stahlhelm delivery specifications in Baer's book it was initially planned to have regimental numbers as decals; this was later dropped, my guess is long before the M18 was produced.

Once the helmets were individual issues (rather than a front-line trench asset that was handed over to whoever was occupying that section of trench) it makes sense that some regimental marking was applied to show ownership, however I haven't seen many.

Pictures would be very nice :D

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