Here is an enormous size 68 original German helmet shell and liner professionally restored by yours truly in a classic single decal Waffen-SS single decal configuration during the hard fought Battle of the Bulge. The shell itself is free of any rust, dents or cracks and is in pretty much as nice of condition as one could hope for.
The outside paint is finely textured with the inside a smooth dark feld grau enamel paint as to factory specs before the camo scheme was added just like it would have been done during the war.
The decal is a textbook ET design and has had a nice honey tone applied to it. Also used by SE/Hkp as the two factories appear to have had the same decal supplier for both SS and Heer manufactured helmets.
The liner has not yet been aged just in case the buyer is a re-enactor or prefers them to be in factory issued condition. Aging of the liner is possible if so desired. The chinstrap is a reproduction and factory stamped.
The last photo is an original vet find and which I based my work upon for historical accuracy. The idea of this camo job was basically to blend into both forests and snow in this visually concealing tree branching effect.
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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