A classic M35 EF66 with all original smooth pea green paint and remnant liner on the inside but wartime repainted as per 1940 Wehrmacht specs with a texture feld grau texture paint and newly applied Heer decal. The inside paint is direct from the factory circa late 1939 to early 1940 based on the rear lot number of 4699 and other published comparables. Since the inside paint is dark olive gray/green with a smooth finish and the outside is a lightly textured feld grau we can assume that this particular helmet was given a fresh coat of textured paint on the outside leaving the inside completely untouched. There is also the ghost shadow of a national shield beneath the feld grau paint on the wearer's right hand side and so this helmet definitely left the factory as a double decal Heer. As new factory specifications were first introduced by the Wehrmacht in early 1940 many recently painted double decal Heer helmets were immediately sent back to the factory or a similar helmet depot station to have their exteriors reconfigured for better concealment in the field via less surface reflectivity.

Currently collectors are paying a premium of larger early war helmets such as this one in a very wearable size 66. Prices in Europe have also shot up recently where you just can't find a decent untouched German helmet for under 1000 euros placing upward pressure of helmets being sold here in North America. There just aren't that many decent German helmets out there any longer not already in someone's personal collection.

A real one looker and completely untouched piece of WW2 history!!!

$800 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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