This helmet represents what many collectors like to call the "Holy Grail" helmet as seen here by this double decal M40 Q66 Waffen SS DD (double decal) configuration. For a brief period of around 6 months until the end of 1940 some factories were still in the middle of transitioning from M35 DD double decal helmets to M40 SD single decal helmets. What was supposed to happen was that all newly made M40 helmets should be given only one decal the Heer eagle or Waffen SS however a few of the production lines at the Quist factory in the city of Esslinger for whatever reason didn't get the memo and continued to add both decals to the new M40 helmet shells they were producing. Thereby creating one of the rarest helmets known in the WW2 collector world a double decal Waffen SS M40 Quist helmet. This is an accurate representation of that very helmet.
As I myself am both a collector and history buff I made sure that no detail was spared in this restoration. All with all of my restorations this example was made using an ORIGINAL WW2 produced German helmet shell - a mint Q66 M40 as can be seen by the rear factory stampings Q66 S1882. Firstly I sprayed the inside in smooth dark feld grau enamel paint and then a rough textured spray in that same paint to the outside just as would have been done at the Quist factory. Then I added to highly accurate SS decals. The first being a Quist textbook SS decal whereby the left bottom corner of the left runes slight continues below the shield break line which is only seen in Quist SS helmets. Then I added a nicely aged party shield toned it and then lacquer sealed it with a nice brown glue edge line which is exactly what you often see you in wartime originals.
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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