This helmet came from an old time collector out of southern California who mainly collected paratrooper helmets. Unlike many of the other helmets in his collection this particular helmet is actually the real deal and represents a vintage restoration using an ORIGINAL WW2 ET66 paratrooper helmet shell. The ET66 stamping is a tad subdued but clearly present as is the rear lot number of 5069 which appears in Brian Ice's lot data book as a mid war 1940/41 single decal Luftwaffe factory 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