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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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Identified U.S. Marine Corps Model 1917-A1 Helmet
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Identified U.S. Marine Corps Model 1917-A1 Helmet
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $150- $250
$2508 Bids
LOT OF TWO US MILITARY M1 COMBATANT ARMY HELMETS
Jul 27, 10:00 AM EDT
LOT OF TWO US MILITARY M1 COMBATANT ARMY HELMETS
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$806 Bids
U.S. Model 1889 Tropical Sun Helmet
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
U.S. Model 1889 Tropical Sun Helmet
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$1255 Bids
USS Lawrence Beaver Round Hat
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
USS Lawrence Beaver Round Hat
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$4255 Bids
U.S. Model 1889 Tropical Sun Helmet
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
U.S. Model 1889 Tropical Sun Helmet
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$754 Bids
Capacete Indo-persa "Kulakud", do séc. XIX.
Jul 17, 7:00 PM WEST
Capacete Indo-persa "Kulakud", do séc. XIX.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €300- €600
€3403 Bids
U.S. Model 1889 Tropical Sun Helmet
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
U.S. Model 1889 Tropical Sun Helmet
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$1253 Bids
WWII JAPANESE ARMY HELMET.
Jul 22, 10:00 AM EDT
WWII JAPANESE ARMY HELMET.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $450- $700
$4003 Bids
Capacete Argentino, de cerca de 1910, para tropas de Infantaria, "Pickelhaube".
Jul 17, 7:00 PM WEST
Capacete Argentino, de cerca de 1910, para tropas de Infantaria, "Pickelhaube".
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €140- €300
€2003 Bids
Barretina Argentina para aluno do Colégio Militar em farda de gala.
Jul 17, 7:00 PM WEST
Barretina Argentina para aluno do Colégio Militar em farda de gala.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €140- €300
€2003 Bids
Capacete de pera, do início do séc. XVII. Dim. aprox.: 21 x 33 cm.
Jul 17, 7:00 PM WEST
Capacete de pera, do início do séc. XVII. Dim. aprox.: 21 x 33 cm.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €200- €400
€2403 Bids
BUSH WAR SOUTH AFRICAN DF HELMET & BERETS
Jul 21, 9:00 AM EDT
BUSH WAR SOUTH AFRICAN DF HELMET & BERETS
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $150- $300
$1102 Bids
LOT OF TWO US MILITARY M1 COMBATANT ARMY HELMETS
Jul 27, 10:00 AM EDT
LOT OF TWO US MILITARY M1 COMBATANT ARMY HELMETS
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$302 Bids
U.S. Model 1917A1 Helmet
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
U.S. Model 1917A1 Helmet
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $100- $150
$752 Bids
A Russian Hat
Jul 18, 2:00 PM AEST
A Russian Hat
by Lawsons
Est: AUD20- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
Capacete Imperial Alemão, modelo 1895, para tropas de Infantaria, "Pickelhaube".
Jul 17, 7:00 PM WEST
Capacete Imperial Alemão, modelo 1895, para tropas de Infantaria, "Pickelhaube".
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €240- €500
€2602 Bids
Two U.S. Marine Corps Pith Helmets
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Two U.S. Marine Corps Pith Helmets
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $100- $150
$752 Bids
A Royal and Australian Navy Rating’s sennet hat, early 20th century
Jul 21, 11:00 AM AEST
A Royal and Australian Navy Rating’s sennet hat, early 20th century
by Gibson's
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD2602 Bids
COLD WAR SOVIET AND EAST & WEST GERMAN HEADGEAR
Jul 21, 9:00 AM EDT
COLD WAR SOVIET AND EAST & WEST GERMAN HEADGEAR
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$701 Bid
COLD WAR US ARMY M1 COMBAT HELMET LINERS
Jul 21, 9:00 AM EDT
COLD WAR US ARMY M1 COMBAT HELMET LINERS
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$701 Bid
Capacete francês para tropas da Guarda Republicana a cavalo, modelo 1876, tipo 1927-1933
Jul 17, 7:00 PM WEST
Capacete francês para tropas da Guarda Republicana a cavalo, modelo 1876, tipo 1927-1933
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €260- €500
€2601 Bid
Barretina francesa da Escola Militar Especial de Saint-Cyr, do séc. XX.
Jul 17, 7:00 PM WEST
Barretina francesa da Escola Militar Especial de Saint-Cyr, do séc. XX.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €300- €600
€3001 Bid
USMC Pattern 1906 Winter Hat
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
USMC Pattern 1906 Winter Hat
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
BUSH WAR SADF GENERAL & BSAP VISOR CAPS
Jul 21, 9:00 AM EDT
BUSH WAR SADF GENERAL & BSAP VISOR CAPS
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1501 Bid

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