Here is a very simple but uber interesting M40 Q64 Kriegsmarine helmet repainted in battleship blue gray with it's original liner and owners name still on the inside by way of paper label. Because I'm a huge fan of the King I like to believe that the German name reads "Willi Elvischoer" but that's probably wrong. Another interesting feature is that even the inside is painted in a light battleship gray but less blue that the outside. The paint on the interior makes the Q64 harder to make out and has obscured the rear lot number. Damn those Germans, were they not thinking about us future by the book collectors when they were trying to win a losing war. The liner has a beautiful dark honey brown tone to it and has a nice bowl shape indicating that this helmet was worn quite a lot during it's service.
Any pre-existing KM decal has been completely covered over and I fail to see even an outline of one and so it might have been really worked over before that battleship gray over paint was originally added. For me, (speaking as a hard core collector much more so than a dealer) one of the coolest features of this particular helmet in my view is the wonky chinstrap. Kriegsmarine regiments were notorious undersupplied being basically last on the pecking order as they would only expect to see minimal combat mainly as coastal artillery units. The chinstrap on this KM shows that level of desperation perfectly with it's roller buckle design possibly frankensteined from an existing utility strap or a transitional pre-war chinstrap not worthy of Wehrmacht issue. I have even seen KM helmets with just crude braided rope acting as a chinstrap proving they just weren't that well supplied compared to SS, Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe.
A fair price for a nice no frills mid war KM helmet.
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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