This helmet is fresh out of a collection in mainland Europe. It is your classic and ubiquitous mid war single decal front line fighting helmet. The paint has that beautiful matte finish to it and is nicely textured. The inside liner is pigskin and stamped 59 on one of the tongues. The original drawstring is still in tact and all 3 split pins are untampered with and so the liner has never been removed from the shell. The rear lot number 1535 suggests a production of late 1942 according to Brian Ice's latest data book.
The ET eagle is a classic textbook design with the tiny black dot on the right talon with a nice oyster luster finish. Unfortunately, Europeans tend to like to "preserve" things. This is great of course when it involves castles, Victorian furniture and old velem maps but with German helmet we like them completely untouched just as they would have left the battlefield. It appears in this case that the former owner carefully masked off the decal and then applied a rather generous layer of lacquer to it in order to "preserve" history making the decal actually kind of bubble out.
This is probably not a big deal to some collectors but I know it's a big deal to other collectors and so needed to be mentioned. Without this "preservation" we would probably be looking at a $1300-$1400 helmet here.
Special Note: This helmet is actually a quasi consignor piece as I am selling it for a friend. I will do the shipping and guaranteeing of delivery but actual payment will have be between the buyer and the consignor. As I am selling this commission free. He does have an active Paypal account however for transactional ease.
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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