This original restored M35 is size 64/57. The helmet is an early 1937 production shell. It was made by Eisenhuttenwerke and bears ET factory marks in gothic script. The helmet was fully stripped and restored to represent a helmet that might have seen service in the brutal Russian winter of 1942, or at Stalingrad.
The helmet was first painted pre-war apple green, and Heer decals were applied. The inside was ink stamped with an inspector’s stamp. The helmet was then over painted with a coat of winter white paint for camoflage. The national colors decal was painted over per 1940 regulations, but the outline can be seen through the paint. The helmet’s dome has been fit with a rubber foliage band cut from an old tire. These were frequently utilize by German soldiers at Stalingrad to break up the helmet’s outline. The helmet was then heavily aged to look and feel original.
The helmet had been fit with an original rebuilt 1937 unreinforced liner. The liner was rebuilt using vintage sheep skin was frequently used pre-war and was fit with an original wool felt pad. The liner pins and slotted washers are brass as was used prior to 1940. The chinstrap is made using original aluminum hardware. The tip is dated 1937 to match the liner and year of manufacture of the helmet.
If you are a Russian front enthusiast this is a great helmet for your shelf.