This beauty comes right out of my own personal collection and was bought from a private (non collecting) seller a number of years ago when I first started this site. It is your classic 3-color Normandy camo helmet in base tan dark yellow followed by green and brick red over spray in a large size Q66. The pattern definitely appears to be pneumatically sprayed as opposed to hand brushed on with moderate wear throughout. This is a nice example of a mid-war helmet which would have had a factory Bigfoot Quist decal on it but later painted over probably in late 1943-44 when the Allied invasion from England appeared to be inevitable. Sometimes the soldaten would neatly paint around the decal or mask it off with a shield shaped piece of wet paper and other times paint right over it. If if were me on the front lines I would have definitely painted over it. To hell with politics at a time like that.
The liner system is most likely dated 1940 to match with the original chinstrap and all 3 split pins are completely untouched and tight up against the shell. Rarely do these types of helmets have their original chinstrap still in tact and rarer still one at full length and never shortened like this one which is clearly marked "Henseler & C2 ULM 1940" a lesser known maker.
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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