This is one of my latest creations and for which I took a lot of inspiration from some vivid original color photos of 1944 German positions along the Normandy coast line. The helmet is shipboard gray with overtones of dark blue just like many well documented KM units were painting their equipment at the time. The helmet shell is 100% original and a whopping size M40 ET68 so this lid really does look impressive when displayed on a shelf. The KM decal is actually metallic golden in it's luster and is your textbook ET style eagle which is just like the Heer eagle but gold instead of silver backed to represent the brass used on naval ships since white metals tend to rust.
The inside liner is post war added but nicely darkened and aged to match the outside shell. Overall I think it’s really looks the part of about 2 years in the field German naval service and would be a $3,000 helmet all day long if the paint was 100% original.
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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