This helmet is very early made dating from 1935/36 and was originally painted as an export helmet in Luftwaffe blue-grau to Franco’s army in Spain to help support him against the international brigades of meddling red communists. Most civil war Spanish used helmets have two holes drilled into the front to attach the Franco eagle however this one came to me without one and had only 2 faint solder marks easily grinded down and then touched back up again. The condition of the M35 shell is stone cold mint as I believe the warm Spanish climate yields little rainfall and so most metal holds up very well over time. To my surprise the inside paint remained German made Luftwaffe dark blue as did the outer paint once I removed the olive green brushed-on over paint layer. The factory for these helmets was always ET or Eisenwerkes factory in Thale and this is your standard size ET64 although those markings remain very faint. As a restorer I try to always keep everything as original as possible and so I left the inside and outside paint exactly as it was painted back in 1935 in Luftwaffe blue-grau. I then added two high end LW decals and aged them to blend perfectly into the shell and then sealed them in for posterity. The inside leather liner system is completely untouched and 100% original to the helmet as are the three remaining pre-war brass split pins. The buckle end of the chinstrap is also 100% original with a nice pre-war aluminum buckle. Just needs the long end to fully complete the piece. Definitely a nice shelf Queen as it would fool most of your friends and mid level collectors in my view.
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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