This helmet is recent find by way of a relative's family who contacted me via the site. The helmet has never been displayed at a military show or most likely even seen before now as the previous owner was not a collector. Here is a beautiful example of a mid war M40 helmet made at the SE (Sachsische Emaillier) factory in Lauter. According to the rear lot number 1342 the helmet was issued sometime in 1941 right when things were going great for Germany. As is usually the SE factory for whatever reason seemed to use the most amount of texture in their enamel paints creating a rather rough shark skin like texture as is seen on this helmet. I've found ET to be the smoothest paint finish and EF to be the thinest with lots of rust bleed through. HKP paint is rather thick and rough which serves to the protect the metal probably the best among the 5 known helmet manufacturers.
If you're a decal freak like I am you will love this one at nearly 100% complete and is text book SE eagle which basically looks exactly like an ET eagle but with the dot print error on the right talon. A fantastic piece of WW2 history and very reasonable priced !!!
$900 SOLD (Joseph V.)
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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