M35 army (Heer) ex-double decal ‘overpaint’ steel helmet EF66
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Early produced M35 army steel helmet in ‘barn found’ condition. The helmet was found in France on the boarder of the Normandy near Paris and remains entirely in untouched condition, having a great patina! The helmet started as an apple green coated double decal helmet in 1938 but was overpainted with rough field green camouflage paint due regulations most likely in 1940 before the invasion of Western Europe. Therefore the party decal has been covered and remains hidden under the paint. The eagle decal on the left side was left open and shows nice aging and patina. Inside the helmet a aluminum band liner is original installed. The split pins remain straight and unmessed with. The leather is stiff but complete and shows normal wear, matching with the helmet. Some tongues are broken? The early chin strap is present and the leather also is stiff and fragile. Inside the pea green color remains visible under the liner. Shell by EF (I deem), size 66, lot number 13244. A very nice untouched M35 helmet!