The German steel helmet M 35 was officially adopted by the German High Command on June 25,1935 to replace all previous versions that were in service at the time. Made of pressed sheet steel, this example retains approx 90% of its Luftwaffe blue/grey paint.The left side of the helmet is applied with a second pattern decal in approx 85% that appears to be installed over an earlier style eagle and has been masked to protect it during a period refurbish.
The right side of the helmet has the tricolor national shield which is about 90% and the colors remain quite vibrant.The three liner rivets and vents are all present and intact. Inside the helmet is a leather liner which has darkened with age and perhaps some older applied leather preservative.There is a small tear in the rear of the liner near the seam and some of the fingers have been pulled through. Although the liner cord has been replaced and glows under a black light, I will leave it in as acquired condition.The aluminum liner band is the non-reinforced version. Marked on the reverse of the rear apron are the numbers "4428" and on the left inside is the size designation for a Quist size 64.
The exterior of the helmet shows evidence of having been whitewashed at some point, as there is residue in the nooks and crannies as well as in the multitude of tiny nicks and dings in the finish.The chinstrap is intact and supple, but is a bit fragile due to age and wear.
When I received the helmet it was fitted with an original bread bag strap tied in typical fashion.The strap has been with the helmet for quite some time, however, it was carefully removed and replaced in its original configuration after the photos. A thin piece of plastic was slipped between the clips and the helmet to prevent any additional wear beyond what was already there. It will be up to the next owner to decide how to display it.
This helmet has great character and is very interesting to study! Although it may be considered to have been a camo helmet because of the traces of white wash, I have decided to mark it at a much more reasonable price. There is no doubt this helmet saw extensive use, and really sums up the eternal question, "What if it could talk!" A really nice helmet indeed!