This helmet came in on trade with the original owner believing it to be an actual relic of WW2. This M40 Q66 rear lot number 4672 is actually a vintage fake and not at all from WW2 but rather most likely produced in Czechoslovakia back in the 1980's when they were accurately recasting Quist shells for US export. I went ahead and added some more camo paint colors as well as an aged metallic Quist Big Foot eagle and some old farmer's camo wire to finish it out. The Q66 and rear lot stampings are a bit off which is the red flag here but otherwise in a very convincing old style gothic font. The inside liner was already nicely aged to perfection as was the chinstrap and so required no extra work on my part. This would be a great helmet for either shelf display or for a newer historical re-enactor who just can't get his hands on a genuine shell.
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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