This is a wonderful stone cold mint example of a late war M42 HKP66 no decal helmet. I got a great deal on this beauty because the local military auctioneer described the inside liner as most likely a "post war reproduction" and so the bidding was very light and very one sided in my favor. The liner is basically so nice that to the untrained eye one would have assumed it to be too new and not 80+ years old. A good nose and careful examination of the leather proves otherwise. Remarkably the original chinstrap is still fully intact and RBN marked. Helmet has your classical really rough HKP texture to the outside paint. I have found that for whatever reason that HKP used the roughest grit in their factory paint and so are the most abrasive to the touch.
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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