Here we find ourselves with a wonderful mid-war every man's fighting helmet from the Luftwaffe service. This Q66 M40 shell is rather heavy in weight and size as the Quist M40's helmets were preferred by front line soldiers due to the thickness of the metal gaining some added protection from shrapnel. The entire helmet is wonderfully complete and untouched. The liner system is buttery smooth with all of the tongues in tact and clearly stamped 59. The original chinstrap is a mid-war painted buckle model and is full length never having been shortened or messed with whatsoever. The textbook Quist eagle decal has taken on a soft tea tone and remains a remarkable near 100% in tact. The rear lot number of DN257 places the factory production year to mid 1942 just before things started turning bad for the Germans.
A real nice find fresh out of the woodwork from a family in middle America.
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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