This is a Finland M55 helmet completely overhauled to match up with an original M35 Q66 German helmet. These helmets were made by the Quist factory in Esslinger, Germany in the early 1950's for export to the Finnish army. These helmets are believed to have been made on the exact same dyes as the original German versions. I replaced the larger vent hole with the appropriate M35 bushed air vent to simulate a German M35 Q66 helmet which was then professionally restored and aged to DD DAK. Hope you like my work.
$350 SOLD - However another one can be made exactly like this one. The eagle was heavily tea toned only because that is how the customer requested it.
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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