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Military Hats & Helmets

The military is full of fascinating headwear. Hats and helmets vary greatly among militaries because different branches, or even different units of the same branch, force will often wear different headwear. Hats and helmets changed drastically over the last few hundred years, leaving hundreds of different historical and modern hats and helmets available.

Helmets changed as technology evolved to provide greater protection to soldiers, marines, and sailors. These evolved from bronze and steel to Kevlar and beyond. Other headwear was mostly ornamental, sometimes featuring rows of feathers, patches, or other ornaments. Hats served multiple purposes, some differed to distinguish ranks while others were used by commanders to determine what units were on the battlefield.


Quick Facts

  • The U.S. Army’s Green Berets are special forces distinguished by their headwear
  • Spartans used different Mohawk-style headdresses on their helmets to show rank
  • The Modern combat helmet, the ACH, is made primarily from Kevlar and twaron, lightweight ballistic fibers that resist shrapnel and prevent concussions

Recommended Items at Auction

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A 12-BOLT DIVING HELMET BY SIEBE GORMAN & CO. LTD, LONDON,
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A 12-BOLT DIVING HELMET BY SIEBE GORMAN & CO. LTD, LONDON,
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £2,500- £3,500
£1,6004 Bids
A FINE 12-BOLT DIVING HELMET BY SIEBE GORMAN, CIRCA 1950
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A FINE 12-BOLT DIVING HELMET BY SIEBE GORMAN, CIRCA 1950
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £2,500- £3,500
£1,5004 Bids
Early Edo Period Zunari Kabuto Samurai Helmet
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Early Edo Period Zunari Kabuto Samurai Helmet
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $500- $15,000
$1,1003 Bids
Helmet of a sergeant of the fire
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Helmet of a sergeant of the fire
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1402 Bids
VINTAGE COPPER TOA DIVING APPARATUS DIVERS HELMET
Nov 10, 9:00 AM EST
VINTAGE COPPER TOA DIVING APPARATUS DIVERS HELMET
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $500- $800
$1402 Bids
A formal Chinese mandarins hat
Nov 10, 10:30 AM GMT
A formal Chinese mandarins hat
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £300- £500
£3002 Bids
CAIRNS No. 1 BFD FIRE HELMET
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
CAIRNS No. 1 BFD FIRE HELMET
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$301 Bid
3 historical fire-brigade helmets
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
3 historical fire-brigade helmets
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1601 Bid
CARINS & BROS FIRE HELMET w/ BRASS HIGH EAGLE
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
CARINS & BROS FIRE HELMET w/ BRASS HIGH EAGLE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
CAIRNS LEATHER HIGH EAGLE BFD No. 2 FIRE HELMET
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
CAIRNS LEATHER HIGH EAGLE BFD No. 2 FIRE HELMET
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$1301 Bid
LARGE US MILITARY HAT & HELMET GROUP.
Nov 05, 10:00 AM EDT
LARGE US MILITARY HAT & HELMET GROUP.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$2501 Bid
AN INDIAN STEEL HELMET (KHULA KHUD) Northern India, 18th century
Oct 29, 1:00 PM BST
AN INDIAN STEEL HELMET (KHULA KHUD) Northern India, 18th century
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £600- £800
£601 Bid
INTERESTING ASSORTED GROUP OF US MILITARY HELMETS,
Nov 05, 10:00 AM EDT
INTERESTING ASSORTED GROUP OF US MILITARY HELMETS,
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $350- $700
$1751 Bid
REPURPOSED M40 DOUBLE DECAL HELMET WITH LINER
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
REPURPOSED M40 DOUBLE DECAL HELMET WITH LINER
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $140- $200
$701 Bid
A SWINDELL PATTERN LIGHTWEIGHT DIVING HELMET, CIRCA 1970
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A SWINDELL PATTERN LIGHTWEIGHT DIVING HELMET, CIRCA 1970
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £500- £800
£2501 Bid
VICTORIAN LOBSTER-TAILED HELMET & GORGET
Nov 02, 10:00 AM PDT
VICTORIAN LOBSTER-TAILED HELMET & GORGET
by I.M. Chait Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
British pattern steel helmet
Oct 31, 10:00 AM AEDT
British pattern steel helmet
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD50- AUD100
AUD501 Bid
RUSSIAN TANKER'S HELMET
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN TANKER'S HELMET
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $60- $80
$301 Bid
2 fire department helmets
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
2 fire department helmets
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
A GOLD KOFTGARI KULA-KHUD HELMET, 19TH CENTURY
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
A GOLD KOFTGARI KULA-KHUD HELMET, 19TH CENTURY
by Helios Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$4001 Bid
A Papal Shako
Nov 12, 10:00 AM CET
A Papal Shako
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€2,0001 Bid
Diving helmet, end of 19th centur
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Diving helmet, end of 19th centur
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€2800 Bids
Helmet (fire brigade?), Bulgaria,
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Helmet (fire brigade?), Bulgaria,
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€900 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Military Hats & Helmets


Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH

Czerny's International Auction House

Czerny's International Auction House

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Sofe Design Auctions

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