Here is your quintessential every day fighting man's helmet in complete condition just as it would have left the battlefield in 1945. The CKL formerly ET of Eisenhuttenwerke factory was changed to try and fool Allied bombers when the rest of Germany was beginning to use RBN numbers on all of their manufactured goods for the war effort. This helmet is a textbook SD Heer and according to it's rear lot number of 3009 was produced just before they started eliminating the application of the adler/eagle decal in mid-1941.
The outside paint is finely textured with smooth enamel paint on the inside. The liner system is untouched and made from soft calfskin with 57 clearly marked on one of the leather tongues with a clear dome stamp on the inside of the shell. The eagle is the textbook ET design and has nicely tea toned itself over time due to the oxidation of the lacquer top protective coating. The chinstrap has been period shortened to stop getting in the way of the soldaten making his K98 Mauser shot.
A very fine and complete mid-war example.
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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