This wonderful mid war example comes from a gentleman who has owned it since 1970. In that year he and his mother went into an antique shop located in Schellsburg, PA on US Rt 30 and bought this helmet for $20 and a civil war bayonet for $15. He has owned both items ever since.
Beautiful untouched example of an every man's fighting helmet that most likely saw action in France, Netherlands or Belgium. The rear lot number D109 gives us it's original factory production date March 1940. The chinstrap is full length and has never been shortened and it marked GXY 41 with the buckle end broken and in need of a small repair. The original liner is also present never having been taken out from the shell with a few of the tongues broken off via dry rot with 2 remaining tethered to the tie cord and could also be reattached and repaired.
The NS Pocher eagle is textbook and about 99% present with a nice smoothly textured finish to the outside paint.
A real fine ubiquitous mid war example and untouched since it was first bought way back in 1970.
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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