This original German M40 has been restored to look like it might have been worn during one of the winter campaigns of 1944-45.
The helmet shell was made by Quist. This is one of the heavy gauge steel versions which were produced by Quist in 1943-45. This particular helmet shell was made in 1944, and is size 64. The helmet was totally stripped of post-war paint then repainted the correct shade of rough textured field gray. The camo pattern utilized on this helmet appears in a number of photos taken during various winter campaigns in both the ETO and on the Eastern Front.
The helmet has been heavily distressed to look and feel original. Aside from the battle wear and general patina, there is moister damage and paint discoloration as you would expect from a helmet that saw action in such circumstances.
The helmets liner and chinstrap are museum quality reproductions and have been distressed to match the helmet. The chinstraps is RB marked on the tip as many late war chinstraps were.
Such original examples are quite rare, and fetch a pretty high price. Here is perfect example that looks just as good without the crazy price.