Germany - Imperial
M1916 “Stahlhelm”
Back when I was about 12, I started collecting helmets, but ended up trading most of them for caps over the years. This one, however, I kept, since it is the very first helmet I ever bought. I found it in an antique store in Brugge, Belgium in 1965. Although this is a typical German helmet of WWI vintage, the style remained in use until 1935. The SS runes are hand-painted and I suspect they were added shortly before I bought the helmet. There are no markings on the other side.