This original M42 helmet is ET68 marked, with a lot number that put the production of this shell in late 1942. This is one of the largest sized helmets made by German factories during the war. Today they are getting quite scarce.
The helmet was fully stripped of all post-war paint then re-textured and repainted the proper shade of late-war field gray. The camouflage pattern chosen for this restoration was replicated from an original vet bring back captured during the Monte Cassino campaign. The sprayed on tones of green and mustard would have blended in well with the Italian country side. The wet paint was sprinkled with fine wood chips to flatten the paint, as was frequently done during the war. A full chicken-wire basket was fit onto the helmet would have been used to secure bits of foliage or hessian cloth.
The helmet comes properly fit with the correct pig skin steel liner and zinc coated steel hardware chinstrap. All the small details found on original examples are here on this helmet.
The helmet has been heavily distressed to look and feel original. The wire has nicely sunk into the paint over time, and there is a nice over all patina. This helmet would look great on any WWII enthusiast’s desk.