This helmet was purchased a few months ago from a storage locker buyer out of California along with half a dozen other helmets. Some of the helmets were dead on original and some were Mickey Mouse, postwar, garage made up, spray can painted, fakes that you immediately want to just strip down to bare metal in order to stop the visual offense of having to even look at it and then there was this one. An M40 SE64 with guaranteed original inside paint, pigskin liner and RBN numbered chinstrap but outside tropical camo paint causes me some pause. I'm just not seeing enough outside wear on the paint to my liking however that really doesn't mean very much as it could have been painted like this in late 1944 and then quickly captured or abandoned in the field never having served any real combat time. It's basically a 50/50 helmet and so I'm heavily discounting it as such. Definitely does look great on a shelf and when you flip it over all you see is wartime originality.
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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