Here is a helmet fresh out of an old time collection in southern California.
A great place to find helmets as the dry heat tends to inhibit the rust process and maintain original paint the best. Here is a wonderful example of a pre-war 1938 example just before the invasion of Poland and during the German expansion into the Sudetenland. The outside and inside paint are your smooth apple green color which in the case of the SE factory is actually the lightest shade and almost like a sea foam green and very eye appealing. The eagle is your textbook ET version not made by ET but just the same eagle that both ET and SE used at the time with the tiny black dot on the right talon. The inside liner is also 100% original and all 3 split pins are original and never messed with. The chinstrap is full length and stamped "Joseph Moll Goch 1938". Both decals are stunningly pretty much perfect with the eagle a break taking 100% perfect!
$8500 - VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO UPGRADE
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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