Up for sale is a WW2 Russian Ssh-39 Helmet manufactured in 1940 at the legendary ZKO or in Cyrillic
3KO Zavod Krasnay Oktober (Red October Factory) in Stalingrad. Examples of this helmet are very scarce since this factory was the scene of very fierce close-quarters fighting was completely destroyed and production ceased during the siege on Stalingrad. Helmet production from the ZKO Plant was very limited for this very reason and thus making examples very few and far between.
ZKO is the only other known maker of the Ssh-39 with LMZ (Leningrad Metal Works) being the other. Surviving ZKO examples are outnumbered by LMZ specimens by a wide margin. As a result, highly desired by advanced collectors. In general, decent WW2 Russian helmets do not make it onto the general market and are traded and sold amongst a circle of close knit collectors. Ebay and the other sites sell junk and faked up nonsense and good examples do not often surface.
This helmet has the original factory green paint with moderate external wear. The liner is complete with moderate wear. The worst part being a one inch tear in the canvas liner and about a half inch worn spot on the Graylex sweatband. The chinstrap is an original German WW2 replacement which appears to be a period replacement. This is how I acquired it about 9 years ago. The ink stamp has a faint “3KO 1940” ink stamp which is typical for this manufacturer, but the 3KO and 1940 are present, especially if you know what you are looking for. This is a very historical example from a scarce manufacturer and seldom encountered here or in Europe.
I am asking a firm $600.00 shipped and insured CONUS only. Payment by U.S. Postal Money Order or PayPal plus 3%. Thanks for looking!!
Last edited by Markratz1; 01-29-2011 at 06:26 PM. Reason: Add payment option