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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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Black Felt Cavalry Officer’s Hat
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Black Felt Cavalry Officer’s Hat
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1508 Bids
Brown Kepi with Plain Brass “Coin” Buttons
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Brown Kepi with Plain Brass “Coin” Buttons
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$906 Bids
Confederate Kepi/ Forge Cap
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Confederate Kepi/ Forge Cap
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1256 Bids
16th-17th Century Conquistador Morion Helmet. Possibly Spanish or German origin. Two piece
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
16th-17th Century Conquistador Morion Helmet. Possibly Spanish or German origin. Two piece
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$2254 Bids
An Early 19th Century Naval Officer's Bicorne Hat in a tin carrying case with gilt metal maker's lab
Dec 03, 11:00 AM GMT
An Early 19th Century Naval Officer's Bicorne Hat in a tin carrying case with gilt metal maker's lab
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £150- £250
£1203 Bids
Gray Coarse Wool Kepi
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Gray Coarse Wool Kepi
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$503 Bids
A GERMAN BURGONET
Dec 07, 11:00 AM GMT
A GERMAN BURGONET
by Olympia Auctions
Est: £1,500- £2,500
£1,6002 Bids
5 WWII JAPANESE HELMETS.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
5 WWII JAPANESE HELMETS.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,200
$8002 Bids
14 PIECES OF U.S. MILITARY HEADGEAR FROM WWI TO
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
14 PIECES OF U.S. MILITARY HEADGEAR FROM WWI TO
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,300
$5001 Bid
17 NORTH VIETNAMESE PITH HELMETS & 7 OTHER PIECES
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
17 NORTH VIETNAMESE PITH HELMETS & 7 OTHER PIECES
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $700- $1,100
$3501 Bid
Feuerwehr-Einsatzhelm
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Feuerwehr-Einsatzhelm
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€351 Bid
6 RUSSIAN BUDENOVKA STYLE HATS.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
6 RUSSIAN BUDENOVKA STYLE HATS.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
Feuerwehr-Einsatzhelm Modell 1934 - Fire brigade helmet pattern 1934
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Feuerwehr-Einsatzhelm Modell 1934 - Fire brigade helmet pattern 1934
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
Einsatzhelm Feuerlöschpolizei
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Einsatzhelm Feuerlöschpolizei
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€401 Bid
8 WWII & AFTER MILITARY HELMETS.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
8 WWII & AFTER MILITARY HELMETS.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$2501 Bid
A 3rd Royal Guernsey Militia Victorian Officer's Green Cloth Home Service Helmet
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A 3rd Royal Guernsey Militia Victorian Officer's Green Cloth Home Service Helmet
by Martel Maides
Est: £800- £1,200
£7501 Bid
ENGLISH CIVIL WAR PERIOD LOBSTER TAIL HELMET AND BREASTPLATE.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
ENGLISH CIVIL WAR PERIOD LOBSTER TAIL HELMET AND BREASTPLATE.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$7501 Bid
An American army steel helmet
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
An American army steel helmet
by Martel Maides
Est: £40- £50
£201 Bid
10 FRENCH MILITARY & EXPORT ADRIAN TYPE HELMETS.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
10 FRENCH MILITARY & EXPORT ADRIAN TYPE HELMETS.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
4 WWI GERMAN SPIKE HELMETS & 2 HELMET COVERS.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
4 WWI GERMAN SPIKE HELMETS & 2 HELMET COVERS.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,600- $2,200
$8001 Bid
9 US WWII & AFTER HELMETS & 1 US WWI HELMET.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
9 US WWII & AFTER HELMETS & 1 US WWI HELMET.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
2 WWI ERA ERSATZ SPIKE HELMETS & 1 SHAKO.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
2 WWI ERA ERSATZ SPIKE HELMETS & 1 SHAKO.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,600
$6001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Military Hats & Helmets


Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Bertolami Fine Art

Bertolami Fine Art

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Olympia Auctions

Olympia Auctions