This large size M35 ET66 helmet was repainted by the Officer himself sometime after 1940 to better conceal the former factory smooth apple green shiny surface. We can actually see brushstrokes on the outside rough textured paint if one looks closely enough. The interior reverse neck guard apron is serial number stamped, "2817", and the interior left side apron is stamped with the manufacturers code and size, "ET66", indicating manufacture by Eisen-und Hüttenwerke, AG Thale/Harz, size 66. Based on the rear lot number 2817 this particular helmet left the factory in 1936 as a pea green double decal Heer helmet. Later during the war the helmet was given a fresh external paint job with the darker feld grau textured paint for better concealment in the field. The officer left most of the inside with it's original smooth pea green paint and left his original hand painted name on the inside rear back skirt. The matching aluminum square bale liner system and chinstrap are both post war aged reproductions but complete the piece.
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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