Here is one of those vintage paratrooper helmets that normally gets passed around the public auction sites as the real deal and creates a sort of hot potato effect whereby the last guy is always trying to unload it on to the next guy because he overpaid for it.  In this case we know what is actually being sold here.  A very, very high end museum quality European pressed M38 Fallschirmjager helmet rear marked 1235 with the correct stamps, ET71 font style and size, gauge of steel, shape and even the overall weight of roughly 1.55 kg (54.7 oz) for the shell are all basically spot on to known originals.

If you look at the side profile you will see that nice even angle where the side edge first starts to break upwards toward the front brow with a gentle enough slope that it almost appears to be flat bottomed. The reproduction Chinese junk and recently made better quality expensive UK reproductions fail to get this angle right as the edge break is far too abrupt and the shell height is not accurate. I believe this helmet may have been created by FJ Werkes about 20 years ago or that 1990's Czech company I cannot recall the name of that copied original shells using an authentic modified German helmet press. Both of these European based firms stopped making paratrooper helmets many years ago and most of what they have created has been passed off as the real deal for several decades now. And so they have become a commodity unto themselves much like an out of print book that is still in demand.

The decal is an actual Luftwaffe eagle I had laser scanned off an existing original helmet. I reproduce them here in house for my own custom restoration work and so they are not available to the general public.

The helmet was professionally restored and aged to create a superb iconic DAK (Deutsches Afrika Korps) German paratrooper helmet. Possibly one seen worn in Rommel's army in sandy dunes of Tunisia or Libya. A genuine example would run into tens of thousands.

I used real sand from North Africa I purchased on eBay from a Tunisian seller who thinks I'm nuts for wanting bags of his local sand. This sand was mixed directly into the paint with an in house binder agent which acts like a kind of cement between the sand and RAL 8000 colored paint.

Special Note: This exact helmet as photographed has already been purchased several months ago however since I did the restoration work myself I can make one very similar for you in about 5 working days as requested.


Please call, text or email me if interested.
Tel/Text: 1-438-502-5052
Email Us: helmetsofwar@gmail.com

PO Box 555
Champlain, NY 12919-0555

Shipping to Anywhere USA/Canada: $22 with full tracking numbers.
Shipping to Europe/UK: $65 with full tracking numbers.
Shipping to Australia/New Zealand: $75 with full tracking numbers.

(Please contact us with any special shipping instructions as I am here to serve and facilitate the shipment.)

(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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