German helmet Waffen SS M42, single decal.
The helmet is marked CKL 62 5522, which corresponds to the Eisen-und Hüttenwerke, AG Thale / Harz fabrik.
The liner is signed B57 V. on the inside, see pics.
inside the shell, we can still see the oval stamp too, see pics.
and on the chinstrap, we can still see (but barely) the maker's stamp too, see pics.
all parts are marked and they all are corresponding at what a early 1944 M42 SS helmet should be.
The decal was posted on WAF and was validated as 100% original M42 decal pattern.
The decal remain 95% intact and it's very preserved !
The helmet's shade is dark - right SS color for a M42 - as it's supposed to be.
the liner and chinstrap remains complete and well preserved. The leather is still good.
No alteration, all 100% original. the previous owner removed a bit of dust on it - he told me.
more information about the factory and to see a similar maker's stamps as proof of authenticity, please visit :
Like the M42 predecessors, in theory all helmets were stamped with a manufacture mark and a heating lot number as was required by the German government. The lot number was stamped on the back of the inside of the helmet’s skirt while the factory marking was stamped on the inside of the left side of the skirt. Early production M42 are marked in exactly this manor, however around February of 1943 both factory and lot number would be both stamped on the back inside of the helmet’s skirt. This was in all likelihood done to save time. Two of the helmet manufactures would also change their previously used factory marks. Starting in mid 1941 Sachsishe Emaillerwerke, Lauter modified the markings they used on their helmets from SE to Hkp. In February of 1943 Eisenhüttenwerk AG, Thale Hartzuttenwerk AG, Thale Harz would change their makings from a simple ET to Ckl and finally to a CKL in early 1944. The change was done at a time when the German government was attempting to conceal the names and cities of military contractors, in order to make it harder for the allies to locate and thus bomb military manufacturing centers. Despite this of the five known factories only the two are known to have modified their markings.