This is your classic late war M42 Hkp64 fighting man's helmet with it's original liner untouched and never removed. The rear lot number is 4069 which places the production date in late November of 1943 according to Brian Ice's lot data book. As it typical with most late war and even mid war HKP helmets the exterior texture of the paint is rather rough to the touch. The late year of production as well as the lot numbers before and after 4069 suggest that this particular helmet left the factory without any Heer decal at all. It was a plain Jane basic factory feld grau paint job. At some point perhaps during the war or perhaps after the war an Ed Strache decal was neatly applied to the same spot a factory eagle would have appeared. The Ed Strache decal is 100% original and a war time version but was never used by any of the 5 helmet factories. The decal was basically sold over the counter in private shops to returning soldiers to spruce up their existing helmets or even Volkstrurm soldiers many who were wearing WW1 helmets who wanted to repaint and re-apply Heer decals over existing vintage helmets. Most Ed Strache decals appear on re-issued helmets or repainted helmets. This decal was very cleanly and neatly applied but when it was applied remains somewhat unknowable. Discounted price reflects this understanding. The chinstrap is dated 1942 and so fits with the rest of the helmet however is an reproduction.
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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