Here is your quintessential mid war German helmet featuring a single decal on a textured feld grau painted surface. The shell is an original German M42 ET66 shell in mint condition produced sometime in 1942 and has a textbook ET style eagle exactly the same design as would have first left the factory floor. Helmet was then given a nice deep and dark Normandy camo spray pattern and professionally aged to really give it that been there done that look to it. I'm rather pleased with the overall result and think it would look great either being worn by a fellow re-enactor or displayed on a shelf as a trophy helmet.
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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