This helmet shell is SE marked indicating it was made by Sachsishe Emaillerwerke, Lauter. The lot number indicates a mid 1940 production.
The helmet was stripped of post-war paint then repainted and textured the proper shade of field-gray. A museum quality SS 2nd pattern decal was then applied using period varnish. The helmet was fit with an original liner band, the leather and internal band are new, but have been distressed to match the helmet.
The camoflage pattern chosen for this helmet is typical for the 1944 time frame. This scheme would have been worn by some members of the Waffen-SS during the Normandy campaign as well as Italy. The helmet was first brushed with a coat of ordinance tan paint textured with wood chips. Then the over-paint was sprayed with a brick red, and grass green to provide contrast.
The helmet has been distressed to look and feel like a battle hardened vet bring back. This is a great looking helmet to complete any Normandy collection.