Here is your quintessential mid-war German helmet featuring a single decal on a textured feld grau painted surface and fully complete with it's original chinstrap. In a nice large size SE66 and so will actually fit most men's heads of today.
A classic M40 SE (Sachsische Emaillier u. Stanzwerke, Lauter, Germany) produced helmet in it's characteristic fine textured feld grau enamel finish very similar in fact to most M40 ET's. Interesting enough both the paint finish, colors and even the eagle are pretty much identical between the two factories with only a minor difference of a missing dot on the eagle's right talon to distinguish the two makers.
This helmet is in great condition and completely untouched never modified or messed with in any post war way. Even the original chinstrap is present which is stamped "Franz Brehme Walsrode, 1938" with an early pre-war buckle. The rear lot number is marked 25684 which places the production year sometime in the middle of 1941 when Germany could boast victory on all fronts.
A wonderful mid-war example of any everyday fighting man's helmet!!
$1150 SOLD (Drago)
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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