This helmet is fresh out of Bentonville, AR from a gentleman who had it given to him by an old lady next door neighbour in the late 1960's for helping her to keep her grass trimmed. He told me that it belonged to her late husband a WW2 vet whom I assume didn't make it too far healthwise after the war. He told me that the helmet was never played with but kept on a high shelf by his mother and this is the exact condition it was given to him in. Most likely the original leather was cut out intentionally by the US vet to make room for other items inside the bottom of the dome. The shell is an M42 NS62 Luftwaffe single decal mid war example with a nearly perfectly intact decal. Overall the helmet paint does have some patina to it and an overall slightly weathered look to it. I had wrestled with the possibility of changing out the original remnant leather for an aged post war replacement but decided instead to leave it just as it was found in the late 1960's. Fresh out of the woodwork find, never at a military show or published online until now. Three split pins have never been removed or touched in any way. Exactly as the vet would have sent it home in a box or tossed it into his army duffle bag in late 1945.

$600 - SOLD

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(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

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