The stamped, sheet steel construction M40 helmet retains most of its slightly rough textured, Luftwaffe blue/gray paint. The left side of the helmet has a second pattern, (circa 1936/1937-1945), Luftwaffe eagle decal which is retained about 95%. All three of the liner retaining rivets are intact. The interior of the helmet has a complete M31 leather liner with all eight fingers and the original tie string intact. The reverse, interior, neck guard apron has a stamped is serial/lot number, "1401", and the interior, left side apron is stamped with the manufacturer’s code and size "Q66", indicating manufacture by F.W. Quist, G.m.b.H. Esslingen, size 66.
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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