German Helmets - Small sizes

M35 ET62 #7 - The shell is an original WWII Model 1935 type. It is stamped as an ET62 inside the flare near the left ear. This mark denotes the manufacturer as Eisenhuttenwerke, Thale and the shell size as 62cms. I think that the helmet, when acquired, was in its third configuration. The first would have been its wartime production type, then it would have been mounted with a comb of some type due to the three repaired holes (front, top and rear). The third configuration seems to be for the Norwegians. It was painted in the right type of green, similar to the M35 Green, a nice Norwegian leather liner (ink stamped with a Norwegian type crown) and double buckle chinstrap attached to the liner. There was a hole stamped in the front centre of shell, obviously to mount a badge. The helmet is in nice condition despite the repaired holes. The slightest bit of surface rust was evident on the outer through the existing paint. The liner is a replica with a zinc outer band, nice leather liner and drawstring. In this instance, I have modified a 64 liner to fit this 62 helmet. This has allowed a larger head size fit to a 56cm. A replacement leather chinstrap marked RB Nr 0/0390/0204 has been fitted. The restoration depicts the early smooth, apple green, double decal Heer helmet configuration. The decals being both the Heer and tri-colours. $385 AUD
M35 SE62 #15 - The shell is an original WWII Model 1935. When stripped back to bare metal factory stamps appeared. They were SE62 and 4475; SE62 showing the manufacturer as Sachsische Emaillerwerk, Lauter, Germany and the shell size of 62cm. The first digit in the lot number was hard to see but it looked like a 4 and 4475 fits the wartime lot numbers for SE up to their conversion to M40 production. This shell is in solid condition. The shell has been affected by rust inside and out with overall pitting present. There was evidence of wartime paint in places and I could see brush marks in it. This shell seems to have been a wartime ‘reissue’ and traces of double decals were found. The seller is from Poland and says this shell was recovered from the Poland/Slovakia border region where the battle of ‘Dukla Pass’ took place in Sep/Oct 1944. The shell has been cleaned back to bare metal, rust treated, primed and painted. This shell cleaned up very nicely with only the evidence of some pitting remaining. The liner is a nice replacement M1931 helmet liner, with a galvanized steel outer band. It is ink marked as size 55 (55cm head size). The draw string is a shoe lace weave, cotton type and the leather is said to be calfskin. These liners are sourced from the Czech Republic and are of high quality; they are exactly the same as originals and the best available. The leather chin strap is a very nice replacement marked as Wilhelm Ellers Jr., Bielefeld, 1942. The shell is painted in the early smooth green inside per 1935 - 1940 specifications. A Heer (Army) decal is visible on the left side beneath the cam paint. The outer has been painted in a "stone wall" cam pattern for the Italian campain with a captured Allied net fitte. $290 AUD
M35* EF60 #20 The shell is an Model 1935 which has been beaded through its lower circumference. This would signify that it failed Quality Control to be used as a combat helmet but could be relegated for non-combat use. This shell was purchased from Poland and battlefield salvaged. No original paint existed, the shell was affected by rust and shows pitting inside and out with only a couple of pin holes evident. The folded rim of the shell was rusted away in a couple of spots. *The M35 air vent bushes were not present so I made the shell look like an M40. The maker size stamp might be EF60 which indicates the manufacturer as being Emaillierwerke – Fulda and the shell size as 60cm which is very small. The shell was cleaned back to bare metal, repaired, primed then painted in smooth blue-grey. Though it remains pitted, it turned out very clean and is a solid steel shell, the rust being eliminated. The liner is a nice replacement M1931 helmet liner, with a galvanized steel outer band. It is ink marked as size 53 (53cm head size) to fit a small size head. The draw string is a shoe lace weave, cotton type and the leather is said to be calfskin. This liner is of high quality, sourced from the Czech Republic, identical to originals and the best on the market. The leather chin strap is a very nice replacement and is marked Wilhelm Ellers Jr., Bielefeld, 1942. This helmet is restored to depict a double decal police (polizie) helmet in a dark blue-grey with a bordered police decal on the left and the party shield on the right. $250 AUD
M40 SE62 #29 - The shell is an original WW2 Model 1940 example. As is often the case, the factory stamps appear when the helmet is stripped back to bare metal. The very faint factory stamp of SE62 could just be seen. SE denotes the maker as being Sachsische Emaillerwerk, Lauter, Germany and 62 as the shell size, 62cm. The lot number also faintly appeared and looked to be 4477. Though this shell was quite rust affected, it is solid and intact. There is some pitting but no too much and the outer surface is relatively smooth considering. The shell has not rusted through at all. The shell was stripped to bare metal, rust treated, primed and painted in grey-green with a textured outer surface. The liner is a nice replacement M1931 helmet liner, with a zinc outer band. It is ink marked as size 55 (55cm head size). It has the correct draw string and pig skin leather. This liner is of the highest quality; imported from the Czech Republic; identical to originals and the best on the market. The leather chin strap is a very nice replacement with aluminium hardware; it is soft and pliable; and is marked R.LARSEN BERLIN 1939. This helmet is restored to represent a stock standard issue, and classic, 1940 single decal Army (Heer) example. $299 AUD
M40 _62 #30 - The shell is an original WW2 Model 1940 example. No factory stamps were visible. The shell was sourced from Kharkov, Ukraine. There was evidence here and there of the original grey-green paint. The shell was in quite good condition in places but is most rust affected at the inner crown, the right inner side and right outer side. It may have lain on its right side for years. There is a dint with a 20mm hole to the top rear. I would say from Shrapnel damage. The shell has been stripped to bare metal, rust treated, primed and painted in grey-green with a textured outer surface. The battle damage remains. The liner is a nice replacement M1931 helmet liner, with a zinc outer band. It is ink marked as size 55 (55cm head size). It has the correct draw string and pig skin leather. This liner is of the highest quality; imported from the Czech Republic; identical to originals and the best on the market. The leather chin strap is a very nice replacement with alum hardware; it is soft and pliable; and is marked R.LARSEN BERLIN 1939. This helmet is restored to represent a stock standard issue, and classic, 1940 single decal SS example. $360 AUD