WWII US M1 Helmet with Liner
Item #: WR514
This is a US World War II M1 helmet and liner. The shell was manufactured by the McCord Radiator company, the liner was made by Mine Safety Appliance. The heat stamp of 1263F puts this one being manufactured around April or May of 1945. The helmet has a dark appearance, I believe this is the original paint. The cork texturing remains on about 95% of the helmet. The helmet shell has no dents. There are no stress cracks in the shell either. The stainless steel band around the rim retains all of the paint. The rim has a rear seam stainless steel band. The chin strap bails are the swivel type. The chin straps are sewn directly to the bails and are OD #3 in color. The long strap has a late war brass buckle and adjuster. The strap shows no wear and is free of frays, rips or stains. The short strap has the brass hook to attach to the buckle on the long strap. This strap also shows no use. The Mine Safety Appliance liner is from mid 1944 to end of war production. The MSA stamp is clearly visible in the inside top of the liner, along with the number 31. The liner has not been repainted and retains 99% of the original paint. The liner is intact and also shows practically no wear. There is no damage anywhere on the liner. The suspension cloth is cotton and khaki in color. It is retained to the liner by brass A washers painted black. The sweatband is complete and shows virtually no staining from wear. The entire suspension system shows very minimal use. The cotton suspension straps show no soiling. The garters for the liner chin strap are both present. The liner chin strap is missing. This liner never had A yokes installed, as it was not intended for airborne use. This is an excellent example of an M1 combat helmet from WWII. No matter what branch, every World War II serviceman wore one of these. It will compliment any collection.
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