Original German WWII M35 Helmet with Replica SS Decal and Liner - Marked ET66
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fine example of partially original Model M35 M-1935 German WW2 large size 66 helmet shell. The shell is stamped ET66 over the left ear, indicating it was manufactured by Eisenhuttenwerk AG, Thale Harz. Size 66 is a nice large size that can accommodate liners from 58cm to 60cm or US 7 1/4 to 7 1/2. Size 66 shells are much harder to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.
The paint on the helmet is mostly missing on the exterior, though it appears to be the original WW2 paint that remains. The helmet also appears to have been field repainted, due to the 2 layers of paint on the interior and exterior. The original decals appear to have been removed, and a replica SS decal was added to the right side of the helmet, and then aged.
The liner leather in the helmet is of post war German manufacture, as indicated by sweat holes in the forehead. These were never seen on original WW2 liners, so the leather us most likely from a West German Border Guard helmet liner. The liner band however appears to be original WWII, though probably not original to the helmet. The zinc-plated steel is maker marked:
The liner is also marked 6 nA/59, indicating it is a size 59 liner band for a size 66 shell. This liner was made by Biedermann & Czarnikow, a German company who moved operations to Łódź in occupied Poland to take advantage of the slave labor in the ghetto located there. Nazi authorities renamed Łódź to Litzmannstadt in honor of the German General Karl Litzmann who had captured the city in the previous World War.
All in all this is a great opportunity to get a hard to find original German M35 helmet with original paint, regardless of the post war additions.
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