This wonderful M18 ear cut out helmet comes from an old time collector who I am told literally collected militaria since he was a boy back in the 1930's and was graciously sold to me by his surviving daughter. Thomas. H. Hitchcock was also a very successful and published author contributing to history by specializing mainly in WW2 German fighter planes which can still be found on Goodreads.com and Amazon today. (https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/1175637.Thomas_H_Hitchcock)

The original chinstrap is maker marked and dated 1918 and the original liner system was re-installed by myself. It first came with a thick layer of lead based dark green overpaint which I neatly removed exposing the beautifully crisp and clear ET64 gothic font stamping beneath. When I first removed the paint I could barely see any original paint but there were a few specs of olive green here and there I used to match the subsequent paint I sprayed on later. Interestingly enough I could make out a faint "64" stamping on the back of the rear skirt which I carefully re-added in the exact same spot so now it is pretty much exactly as it once appeared upon first leaving the German factory in 1918.

Only 100,000 of these were ever made and they were only issued a few months before the end of the war in 1918 and so one can only imagine how many actually survived to present day.

Currently in My Personal Collection

(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

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