Here is a rarely encountered early 1930's commercially produced SS-Himmler style low duck bill helmet with satin black with original liner still in tact. Notice the protruding front bill and the overall low profile of the shell along with the odd position of the chinstrap rivet which is almost in line with the side vent hole. These helmets were privately contracted in 1932/33 and were made exclusively Himmler's newly formed Allgemeine-SS. Back then the SS were not a priority within the Wehrmacht supply chain and so they were not able to get access to M18 helmets since in those early years they were not considered to be a combat organization.
The original roller buckle chinstrap is still present and riveted into the liner band and so is definitely original to the helmet. Many of these are marked with "drp ang"(Deutsch Reich Patent Pending) but like this particular example many are not marked whatsoever. Made primarily of aluminum meant for parades, ceremonies and guard duty and not really front line combat. Both decals are appear hand painted on there most likely via stencil and have been top coated with some lacquer. I see no spider cracking in the off white paint so there is no real way to confirm if these were painted by the SS soldier himself or by a post war G.I.. My gut feeling is that this thing is 100% legit but buyer please view the photos and reach your own conclusions. Not all old paint cracks especially if it was thinned out by turpentine beforehand. This particular helmet came from a picker out of Europe who I buy a lot of helmets from.
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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