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German Nazi WWII EF64 Emaillerwerke M42 (M35) Single Decal Helmet

The term “M42” for this helmet is actually a misnomer in that the German military had no such designation, only the M35. The designations “M40” and “M42” are collector’s terms for different types of production that evolved over the life of the M35’s manufacture. This one bears the manufacturers code of “EF” indicating production by Emaillerwerke A.G. Fulda and has the rippled stress marks on the underside of the front and large aluminum oxide grain size under the outside paint - both typical of that company’s production. The plant was known to use slave labor consisting of Russian men and women drawn from a near-by slave labor camp. Inside are the production code at the back, “EF64” by the left ear and the liner is marked “57” for the size. The liner is supple and shows the patina of use with moderate soiling and slight abrasion. The chin strap is also supple and sound but with some surface cracking of the finish. The silver eagle HEER decal has yellowed from the lacer having aged (typical). The helmet seems authentic in every way though I am not an expert. A super condition “M42” that would stand out in any advanced collection. If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of February 17th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 02-10-20A--20-12-03