This helmet is fresh out of the former East Berlin where my older brother works and lives by way of an out of the way antique shop. I have scored dozens of helmets from my brother's scouring around Berlin and never have we yet encountered one with an intact swastika. They are inevitably scratched off and denazified after the war. However stories come and go and really should be discounted in most cases. Best to always just go with photos using your own gut instinct especially on odd ball camos such as this one.

This is an M38 ET71 fallschirmjager helmet rear marked 1125. The outside camo paint appears to be textured using sand with the Luftwaffe eagle neatly scrapped off and or de-Nazified for sale within Germany. You can actually just cover the decal with a piece of paper to be legal in Europe however many helmets had their offending symbols scrapped off after the war for fear of offense. The helmet never came with it's original liner or chinstrap and so I had them both custom made by an Italian gentleman who specializes in para liners. This is another one of those 50/50 helmets whereby half the advanced collectors I show it to believe it to be the real deal and other other half think it's a post war creation. I am leaning slightly towards post war recreation myself but adding a decal and aging it definitely would make this helmet a real shelf Queen. This work is possible if so requested.

I am basically selling this for the value of the shell which I believe to be the real deal while acknowledging the possibility that the textured camo paint was post war applied.


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Tel/Text: 1-438-502-5052
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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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