Great attic find out of an old house in Flushing, NY. The owner after 15 years of living there decided to go up and try to clear out the attic of mostly old furniture and clothing. Beneath all of the junk he found an intact US army duffle bag filled with contents from the war. The bag belonged to Albert M. Malloy who resided there previously. Inside the bag was a treasure trove of German souvenirs including this M42 EF64 Kreigsmarine helmet. Very easy to separate Heer from KM as the eagle is evenly golden throughout and not just tea toned. The entire vet lot was purchased by a single buyer out of Arizona and so the US vet collection remains in tact from this point in time.
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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