Model 1916 Stahlhelm
Friedrich Schwerd (designer)
Berlin
1916-1918
German for “steel helmet,” Stahlhelms were issued to German forces beginning in 1916 quickly replacing the non-protective leather and wool hats from the 19th-century. Originally painted grey, Stahlhelms were relatively easy to spot in trench warfare environments. Thus, under orders in 1918, soldiers began painting their own camouflage patterns on their helmets. Besides the heavy outer shell, this helmet is equipped with a leather headband and three padded pouches with ties. This piece also bears the terrible scars of trench warfare – the large gash and dent across the crown is the result of exploding artillery and shrapnel.    

Weaponry Wednesday: Each Wednesday we post an object (or group of objects) from the Charleston Museum’s diverse weapons collection. Many Weaponry Wednesday items may be on permanent exhibit in our armory or elsewhere in the museum, but some pieces rarely see exhibition, temporary or permanent, but are well worth sharing.  We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on WEAPONRY WEDNESDAY! Also, we always want to learn more about our collection - if you have some insights on a piece, please feel free to share!  #WeaponryWednes