Here's a great shelf Queen for those like myself on a budget. I took an older reproduction M38 shell and liner system and professionally repainted and aged it to a nice Spring camouflage pattern. The Luftwaffe were mostly stationed well behind the front lines and so tended to have greater access to various paint colors than did the Wehrmacht which is why many LW camo helmets tend to have vivid and even bright colors. I added some dark mustard yellows, greens and browns to great this Normandy effect. The wire cage is from an old farmer's fence spoil I bought at an outdoor market many years ago. The wire is not aged to look old but is actually very very old indeed. Let me know if you want me to add the same wire to your particular helmet.
This particular helmet is already sold to another customer however since I did the restoration work myself I can easily do the same for you. Just chose from my original shell stack and let me know what you're looking for.
Thanks again to all those fellow collectors who collect for history and enjoy checking out my restoration work!!!
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GERMAN HELMET FACTORY PRODUCTION CODES
(Every original German helmet produced from 1935 to 45 had two factory stampings punched into the side and rear or both in the rear. The alpha numeric number refers to the factory location and the inside metric circumference in centimeters. The rear lot number refers to the production run and was used as a quality control measure. The font styles used at each factory were slightly different but highly consistent throughout the war and so fakes or reproductions will either not have these numbers at all or they will use the wrong font style or letter spacing and so are easily identified as post war made.)
(FS or EF)-Emaillierwerke AG, Fulda, Germany
(ET or ckl)-Eisenhuttenwerke, Thale, Germany
(Q)-Quist, Esslingen, Germany
(NS)-Vereinigte Deutsche Nikelwerke, Schwerte, Germany
(SE or hkp)-Sachsische Emaillier u. Stanzwerke, Lauter, Germany