This is a German M35 helmet. When I got it in my possession it had a strange liner. This helmet also has 2 little holes in the front. I have posted a question on the world war helmets forum to find out about this helmet, see: http://www.world-war-helmets.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=6146 These holes are possibly made after the war to install an emblem, it's possible this helmet has been used by a Czech fire brigade. Like this on in cascomundi's blog http://cascomundi.skyrock.com/photo.html?id_article=3311928360&id_article_media=63777997 The picture below shows the strange liner, trough the same forum I found out this liner is from a Belgium FN49 helmet. This picture shows the ET62 inscription, ET is the manufacturer Eisenhüttenwerke, the factory was located at Thale. 62 = the size of the helmet. The picture above shows this helmet is a M35, the air vent hole is finished with a ring pressed in to it. The picture below shows the liner installed. This is the reproduction liner that didn't fit into the M40.
The chinstrap and the liner look to me like they are made after the WW2. I have tried the liner in the green army M31 previously shown in this blog but it didn't give me the right look and feel for a M31 helmet from that era. I decided to restore this helmet as a Gendarmerie / Rijkswacht helmet. First I cleaned it and de-rusted it with HG Roest-oplosser. I removed the lion head to get all rust removed. This picture shows there was no paint underneath the lion head and this tells me the emblem was installed before the helmet was painted. I decided the re-install the emblem again after removing the rust and before the painting.
Next I filled the hole in the comb with filler. The helmet got sanded and sprayed with grey primer paint.
The helmet is ready for its final layer of black paint. If you can read French you should read the blog of a fellow helmet collector: http://casquescollection.skyrock.com/4.html This guy is an expert on helmets and I just adore his stories and information about helmets.