Very nice well weathered M40 EF66 helmet with 100% original paint. The decal was neatly scrapped off when I first received this helmet and so I add a textbook HJ&K EF Kreigsmarine decal in metallic gold to the side and blended it in to match the outside paint. Yes, it still needs a liner however I had planned on wearing this to re-enacting events and so was planning on adding a new liner to it without any aging. For all those collectors needing a KM SD to fill in their collection this could definitely be the one.
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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