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M42 Manufacturer Stamp Placement

Article about: Hey folks, picked up a helmet shell at the flea market over the weekend for practically nothing. Wasn't sure if it was a copy or not since I've never seen the manufacturer stamp on the rear

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    Hey folks, picked up a helmet shell at the flea market over the weekend for practically nothing. Wasn't sure if it was a copy or not since I've never seen the manufacturer stamp on the rear rim of a helmet. Can anyone confirm that? Think it was ET64 from what I can tell. The repaint has made it hard to read.
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    Perhaps EF. Hard to tell with the paint

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    It appears to have been repainted.

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    Hi, yes they did put manufacturers stamp on the rear of the helmets later in the war.

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    I know it's a repaint. I was wanting to confirm the stamp as original or copied. I know a lot of copies are just random letters that don't mean anything. The rear stamp was a later war feature right?

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    I don't see a problem with it.

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    EF is known for having very light stamps on their late war M42 helmets.

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    Glenn and Warbuff are spot on. Besides a repaint it might also have been sanded or sand blasted first. But you have a nice foundation to build a reenactment or lid.

    Looks like EF 64 to me.
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