I bought this helmet recently at a local military show mainly because I saw it's potential in returning back to it's former glory as an original M35 ET66 double decal by way of my artistic hand. Ok, pretty straight forward here. The M35 ET66 shell and pins are 100% original as is both the outside and inside smooth factory applied pea green paint. The remnant national tri-color shield is also 100% original and untouched and so I completely left that alone. The pins are original and made of solid brass and were kept to maintain the helmet's history. The eagle, sadly was completely missing and so I replaced it with an accurate ET factory style metallic adler/eagle and then age toned it down to blend in with the rest of the shell. The liner is a high quality Czech reproduction with in a pre-war aluminum outer band with square chin strap bales which was further darkened with some natural oils and then slightly stretched out to give it that nice bowl shape. The chinstrap is the correct aluminum buckle with the year 1937 stamped at one end. Most M35 helmets were repainted and reissued during the war in a textured matte field gray paint so this thing is a true survivor in that it's original factory smooth dark pea green paint was never touched or messed with. I hope I did good by this helmet to bring it back to what it would have looked like in 1945 straight off the battlefield.
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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