100% original guaranteed forever- if you dont like it, send it back no questions asked. Quist continued to produce the M40 even after the introduction of the M42 for the entire war. These late war Quist helmets are the most beautiful and high quality German helmets ever produced. The thicker rolled rim, thicker gauge steel, significant weight and incredible curves are a testament to that. They are very rare and have the iconic profile.This example is dated 1944 on the steel liner band (see photos) The German helmets lot number database claims that this serial number was a double decal SS helmet (DN496) (also see photo). This specific example has an incredible patina. The rough textured Field Grey camouflage paint has worn smooth from heavy use and dark, blued, rust-free steel is seen underneath- another quality aspect of Quist manufactured helmets - they can develop incredible patinas without corrosion. This helmet looks unbelievable on a bookshelf and is a serious conversation piece. The rust inside is just surface rust.
When the helmet is knocked on it rings like a bell - solid. Overall an unbelievable original example unmolested or altered post war like so many are. This is the real deal. Please message with any questions.The item "WW2 German Helmet Q66 M40 100% Original Incredible Patina Elite 1944" is in sale since Thursday, December 26, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Germany\Hats & Helmets". The seller is "legobuilder7" and is located in New Canaan, Connecticut. This item can be shipped to United States.