SS Decals

Due to it’s simple black on silver design SS decals are perhaps the most tricky to authenticate. The below table can assist you in a simple way which factory decal to expect on which shell and also on which shells we do no expect an SS decal.

Note that the Pocher runic shield is not part of this table as I do not consider it a factory applied decal. We mostly find it on reissued helmets. So if you find a helmet with a decal that does not fit to the below rules it must fit the Pocher runic design.

FACTORY PRODUCTION BY BRANCH Mapped by German Helmet Vault.com
Helmet maker code SS
ET / ckl Yes
SE / hkp No
NS No
EF Yes
Q Yes
FACTORY DECAL TYPE APPLICATION
Helmet maker code SS
ET / ckl ET runes – M35 , M40 and M42
SE / hkp  
NS  
EF EF runes – M40 and M42 – ET runes M42
Q Quist runes – M35 and M40

ET runes

  • Found on ET helmets (all models) and to a lesser extent on EF M42’s.

Q runes

  • Always found on Quist shells (M35 and M40)

Photo courtesy of Sysyphus

q-runes-m40

EF runes

  • These runes are unique to EF helmets but note that on EF we also can find ET runes.

Pocher runes

  • These runes are so-called re-issue decals as they are not factory applied
  • In most cases you will find these on M35’s , less on M40’s and very rarely on M42’s.
  • Often applied together with a party decal.

Photos top row courtesy of DougB , photos second row photos courtesy of RoyA

Austrian mirror runes and Austrian party shield

Photos courtesy of helmet2id

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