Top notch refurbished M40 German helmet size 64/57 (57 cms circumference) About a size 7 and a quarter. I'm a 7 and a half and its just fits but I could do with that extra quarter inch head room. This is the best refurbished helmet I've ever seen, and they can't be ordered as they are only made for'friends' and family etc. Shell is an ET64 with its original early wartime smooth interior paintwork in fairly good condition, see pictures 10 and 11 for makers stamp and batch number(note the zero is stamped lightly at one side).
Shell has no pitting or rust and the exterior was most probably re-painted post war then at some point wartime paint was accidentally removed during stripping. A good strong shell with no issues it has been repainted in the proper slightly rough dark green (correct colour for a M40) This'rough' finish faithfully reflects a wartime finish with some age to it, see pics 5 (top) and 6. The finish I've seen on most modern reproductions look wrong because they use aluminium fillings that are far too big.A reproduction'elite' decal has been added. This is of the early'spikey' pattern and has been applied in the same manor as the originals so would be fairly difficult to remove. Not shown to avoid offence. Liner and helmet band are reproductions finished to a very high standard, with the leather shaped to the head and coloured as a veterans would be. The helmet posts move freely as the liner band has been bent to shape and finally it has been given an aged and worn appearance.
Date and size stampings on the liner band are accurate, pictures 8 and 9. Even the ink stamps appear on the leather interior, picture 12. Split pins and washers look original but without removing them I can't say 100%.I bought my first German helmet about 1972 and if I can't tell I wouldn't worry too much about it. To finish off a high quality reproduction'Berlin 1938' chinstrap has been added.
This is how it is meant to done! I have some exclusions due to bad practice with my own company.Primarily eastern Europe and the far east but contact me if you think I can be reassured. The item "Superb original M40 ET64 German helmet shell with original interior paint" is in sale since Saturday, November 19, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\World War II (1939-1945)\Helmets/ Hats".
The seller is "wasjulian" and is located in Bangor. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.