Kelly, I used to think the reason for the sharper runes was the result of a new stamping dye.
I believe decals were printed in every case, rather than stamped, and there were several different technologies available in Germany in that time. Abzeihbilder or 'emblem printers' were everywhere and they were probably best noted for printing the appliques that went onto the old steins the Germans use-- But, as is probably the case with Q and other decal variations, these firms could be contracted on a very local and quick basis to fulfill shortages for helmet production. For me, the fat Q is a 'blip' in supply that must have occurred in late 1939 as Poland was invaded and other things were happening. The Narrow Quist continues as a pattern until the end of decal usage, but at least for a little while the wide ones 'coexisted'. They're rare...
Sorry, never meant to say 'stamping'. Got it confused with the lot number dyes.
If that's the case then it will be the third with that batch number known to me. Shame about the post war mods it received, but nevertheless an interesting piece.
Do me a favor and post pics of the batch number. Make sure you have your camera set in macro mode. Would love to check it out, thanks
Oh my! Just checked out the ebay pics and sure enough it is C407! My compliments on an ex-SS helmet. : )
You made my day, week, month and year! It is a shame about the mods, but all in all, I'm extremely pleased with the purchase. Please keep in touch and let me know if you find more in the batch and I will do the same. It is an interesting provenance! I'm glad I discovered it before the seller did! Your's is an absolute beauty.