This came directly from a family estate out of Butte, MO. A later war M42 every fighting man's Wehrmacht helmet with it's original liner and split pins still intact. Between 1942-45 the ET factory for whatever reason added very little texture to their outside helmet paint as a result the outside is often a little on the shiny side and relatively smooth to the touch. Unlike late war Hkp which used lots of grit in the paint ET seems to maintain a more smooth and subsequently more shiny appearance. This particular example is almost smooth to the touch but all of the paint both inside and outside is 100% factory applied and original. Another great feature is the existence of a factory quality inspection stamp clearly visible on the inside dome. A very nice example dating from late 1943 according to Brian Ice's lot data book.
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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