Here is one of those paratrooper helmets that normally gets passed around the public auction sites as the real deal and creates a sort of hot potato where the last guys is always trying to unload it on the next guy. In this case this is actually what is being sold. A very very high end European pressed M38 fallschirmjager helmet with the correct stamps, shape and even the overall weight of roughly 1.1kg for the shell is are all spot on. I believe it may have been created by FJ Werkes which stopped making paratrooper helmets sometime ago but most that they have created have been passed off as the real deal for years now. Basically a museum quality replica that was repainted and aged in a beautiful Normandy camo pattern. A wonderfully large size ET71 and will fit most heads of today.
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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