Prime untouched factory produced example of a late war M40 Quist helmet. The rear lot number of DN381 places the production date to late 1943 according to Brian Ice's data book. The outside factory applied paint is outstanding and nearly 99% in tact. All 3 split pins are untouched and have never been removed from the shell. The leather has darkened over time and shows some age however upon a more detailed inspection I believe that the US vet who brought it home removed the leather portion of the liner and added a coating of mink oil or some other leather preservative. He then reinstalled it using the same 13 aluminum pins it came with. The leather has that old man's musty tool shed smell to it and so something definitely was rubbed on there at some point. For an additional $20 I can add a repro. chinstrap to complete the piece.
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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