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MY FIRST M16! Off of Craigslist!

Article about: Hi, nice 16 Patt helmet very good find in that condition, it would be nice refurbished and hold it,s price to. And the bonus is it,s german not austrian. thanks for showing it. dave.

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    I just bought this for $65! The kid I bought it from had apparently been helping his uncle tear down an old house and found this as the house was coming down. He had it listed as a "WW2 German helmet", but thanks to this forum, I knew better! I used a little bit of "Bartender's Friend" (a powder cleaner we have here in the states) to take the rust off. I am totally over the moon about this! Christmas came early for me!
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    Nice find, great price.
    SteveR

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    Congrats !
    You did very well...................!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    doomtown...can you post better (brighter, take them outside in daylight) photographs ? any marks in the helmet ? so we can I.D. the maker ?
    Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    I can probably post better pictures later, but for now, the lip of the helmet says ET66, and in the inside crown, it says "123"

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    Good catch! Doomtown, now you have caught the fever. welcome.

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    very good find. Totaly jelly

    Great clean

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    Quote by Franz1944 View Post
    very good find. Totaly jelly Great clean
    What ?.....

    doomtown,
    your helmet made by " E.T. = Eisenhuettenwerke Thale A.G., Thale /Harz ", made helmets in sizes 60-68....the number in the crown is a batch number which identifies the rolling mill where the steel was milled...it will be preceded by a letter.
    Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    "Jelly"= "jealous" west coast Ami slang, sorry Steve! Steve, the crown reads "R 123", the "R" is very faint, and I really had to shine some light in there to see it in comparison to the "123". Thanks for your help in ID'ing this. Also, do you have suggestions for finding new replacement liners and chinstraps? And how to age the leather properly? It's just for my wall, but I would like it to look right!
    thanks,
    Eddie
    Last edited by Eddie; 11-30-2010 at 09:12 AM.

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    Eddie, thanks for the translation , I thought it would be an "R" for Stahlwerk Röchling,Volkingen, as I have noticed ET marked helmets usually have steel that was milled by that company.
    Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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