Here is a wonderful example of a wartime re-worked NS64 M35 helmet with crudely brushed on thick and heavy feld grau with actually wood chips mixed into the overpaint. The helmet started out it's life as a factory produced Heer double decal helmet with RAL6003 dark pea green smooth paint both on the outside and inside. The original smooth paint remains on the inside however the outside was at some time during the war given a fresh coating of paint being careful to paint around the adler/eagle but painting directly over the national shield as per 1940 specs. If you look closely enough you can still need remnants of the national shield peeking through the heavy overpaint. I have taken several close up shots showing the actual wood chips and sawdust that remains embedded into the paint. This was done to create less reflectivity with the sun to try and give the German soldier in this case his name was "FREIS" an advantage in the field from being seen by Allied forces.
The rear lot number of E175 dates the helmet to 1937 with it's original aluminum reinforced liner system remains in place with square shaped chinstrap bales. Both the inside and outside of the helmet appears to have remained completed untouched since the end of the war however the NS eagle in my opinion seems to have been post war applied which is why the steep discount being offered here.
All and all a real nice late war wood chip camo helmet that would add depth to any collection.
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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