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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

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Vintage Black USMC Officers Visor Cap
Apr 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Vintage Black USMC Officers Visor Cap
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Est: $0- $0
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A German Black and White Comb Morian Helmet with Ear Flaps
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A German Black and White Comb Morian Helmet with Ear Flaps
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Est: $1,500- $2,000
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WW2 ERA MILITARY HELMET, STAMPED ET64,
Apr 18, 9:00 AM AEST
WW2 ERA MILITARY HELMET, STAMPED ET64,
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD2206 Bids
11 MILITARY HELMETS.
Apr 15, 10:00 AM EDT
11 MILITARY HELMETS.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$3004 Bids
WWII NORMANDY BEACH FOUND M42 GERMAN HELMET
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
WWII NORMANDY BEACH FOUND M42 GERMAN HELMET
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $250
$704 Bids
Late 1800s US Kepi Hat
Apr 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Late 1800s US Kepi Hat
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Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
ANTIQUE FRENCH FIREFIGHTER HELMET
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE FRENCH FIREFIGHTER HELMET
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$402 Bids
Lot of Soviet summer uniforms
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Lot of Soviet summer uniforms
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Est: $200- $300
$3002 Bids
Lot of Soviet Air Force uniforms and coat.
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Lot of Soviet Air Force uniforms and coat.
by Schultz Auctioneers
Est: $200- $300
$1252 Bids
An Etched German Burgonet Helmet
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
An Etched German Burgonet Helmet
by Hindman
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,1002 Bids
An Australian Military Akubra Slouch Hat
Apr 22, 11:00 AM AEST
An Australian Military Akubra Slouch Hat
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD352 Bids
Mixed lot of Soviet and Ukraine military hats
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Mixed lot of Soviet and Ukraine military hats
by Schultz Auctioneers
Est: $200- $300
$2752 Bids
Two Women’s USMC Visor Caps
Apr 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Two Women’s USMC Visor Caps
by Karlan's Arms & Antiques
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
ANTIQUE 54TH REGIMENT HELMET
Apr 21, 11:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE 54TH REGIMENT HELMET
by Americana Auctions
Est: $250- $350
$1502 Bids
A Replica Roman Soldier Helmet with Red Plume & Medallion Detail
Apr 21, 2:00 PM AEST
A Replica Roman Soldier Helmet with Red Plume & Medallion Detail
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD501 Bid
WWII BULGARIAN M38 STAHLHEIM HELMET
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
WWII BULGARIAN M38 STAHLHEIM HELMET
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $300
$501 Bid
LOT OF 6 WWII TO POST WAR MILITARY COMBAT HELMETS
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 6 WWII TO POST WAR MILITARY COMBAT HELMETS
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$301 Bid
A Replica Roman Soldier Helmet with Red & Cream Plume
Apr 21, 2:00 PM AEST
A Replica Roman Soldier Helmet with Red & Cream Plume
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD501 Bid
A Replica Roman Soldier Helmet with Black Plume & Fern Detail
Apr 21, 2:00 PM AEST
A Replica Roman Soldier Helmet with Black Plume & Fern Detail
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD501 Bid
A Replica Roman Soldier Helmet with Red Plume & Medallion Detail
Apr 21, 2:00 PM AEST
A Replica Roman Soldier Helmet with Red Plume & Medallion Detail
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD501 Bid
A RUSSIAN JADE AND GOLD MOUNTED EGG WITH NII CIPHER
Apr 21, 11:00 AM EDT
A RUSSIAN JADE AND GOLD MOUNTED EGG WITH NII CIPHER
by Helios Auctions
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,5001 Bid
An Imperial Japanese Navy steel helmet type 90
May 10, 10:00 AM CEST
An Imperial Japanese Navy steel helmet type 90
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€4001 Bid
Contemporary Woman’s USMC Officers Visor Cap
Apr 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Contemporary Woman’s USMC Officers Visor Cap
by Karlan's Arms & Antiques
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
KEPI DE LIEUTENANT INFANTERIE DE MARINE' CAP
Apr 17, 7:00 PM CEST
KEPI DE LIEUTENANT INFANTERIE DE MARINE' CAP
by Derksen Veilingbedrijf
Est: €40- €80
€401 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Military Hats & Helmets


Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH

Peege Auktionshaus

Peege Auktionshaus

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers