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Thanks all .
Really happy with it and it was under a grand delivered .
It came with chinstrap .
Just not on in sellers pics

Band is marked 68,61 and on the other side maker marked and dated 1938.
Not exact but close .
From what I read so far only the real early M35 bands are aluminum .
This one is steel .
Seems the early ones really like to break .
There is a M35 on estand there with malor issues with it's early aluminum band .

The adler [eagle] is crazed a bunch also .

Thanks to WAF for this as I am not up on these [yet] so I rely on expertise there .

My M42 ND helmet is a Q66 with the band dated 1943 .
It is engaged to my 1943 HK 11567

Same with decorations as fakery is rampant on them ESPECIALLY the high end stuff .
Do not have a Knights Cross yet but am looking for a Juncker L/12 or lazy 2 .
It will be vetted there for sure

Do have the stuff up to that level with the pic being my 1936 HK 6624
EK1 screwback by Rettenmeier [ L59 ]
Heavy DKIG by Godet [ 21 ]

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Cool Helmet. I probably sound like a broken record or extremely ocd always asking how people plan to care for their items. But anyway how do you plan to wipe down the outside when it gets dusty ? the leather just general care?
 

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Not sure myself .
I have 2 other helmets [ M17 & M42 ] but neither have decals .
I think the old decals should not be cleaned and for starters I plan to keep it covered with a soft cloth .

I do not have any of this stuff on display so keeping dust off should not be an issue .

I will probably ask on the helmet forum to see what others do .

Good question and I do not have the answer .

Leather - like holsters will get nothing done to it .
Leather is pretty soft yet .

I think this has had good storage
 

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That’s right, do nothing. If it gets dusty blow the dust off or wipe with a clean rag with nothing on it. That’s what I do with mine and I’ve had it for 30yrs, never even bother with the leather. It looks just fine. Great helmet by the way!! Congratulations
Jim
 

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Thanks for the update, I remembering reading somewhere(sorry don't remember where) that people in the 80s were putting oil on them and making the paint come off years later.


Found this with a quick Google search
 

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Good read and thanks .
I know exactly what he talks about and there are plenty helmets around that have suffered that fate.

One of the odd benefits of collecting HK lugers is the " accessories " are cheap compared to the guns!!!!:)

Again, thanks all !
Now I guess it's time to look for a waterhead size M40 Luft helmet to complete the set .
 

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Digging further into the aluminum band question turned up the following

You are correct about the aluminum band

Seems the 1937 one I was referencing was actually 1940 .
Maker did not have 1940 stamps so 1937 was used instead .

Did find 1938 on chinstrap also .
Leather liner is un-marked

Love the crazing on the national shield. Can you see a date on the aluminum liner band? Would be kinda cool if it was ‘37 also.
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