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Original U.S. WW1 M1917 British Made Camouflage Painted Doughboy Helmet with Liner

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a U.S. M1917 "Doughboy" helmet, which features original period OD Green paint and retains much of the original camouflage which would have been hand-painted by the American soldier it was issued to. The helmet also contains an original liner and chinstrap with the correct split pins for the chin strap bales. The chinstrap, although complete, is cracked and torn in spots. This helmet shows signs of heavy use, there are no large or significant dents/damage to the dome, the skirt is “wavy” but not bent or creased.

This shell is stamped HS 96 (other markings may be present but are not visible) and can be seen on the underside of the skirt towards the front. This stamp is a well-known British manufacturer's mark, for Hadfield Steel Foundry in Sheffield, England, who developed the steel used for the production of these helmets. This helmet is definitely one of the 400,000 helmets supplied to the U.S. for the war in France.

This is a fine example of a highly desirable “Painted Doughboy” and you wouldn’t want to miss your chance on this beautiful piece of history!

The M1917 was the US Army's first modern combat helmet, used from 1917 and during the 1920s, before being replaced by the M1917A1. The M1917A1 helmet was an updated version of the M1917 and initially used refurbished WW1 shells.

The M1917 is a near identical version of the British Mk.I steel helmet, and it is important to note that when the US joined the Great War in 1917 they were initially issued with a supply of around 400,000 British made Mk.Is, before our own production began stateside. The US-Made M1917s differed slightly in its lining detail, and exhibited US manufacture markings.

M1917 helmet liners typically show a paper label at the crown and the dome rivet head. The liner is set up as on the British versions, with an oilcloth band and net configuration, attached to a leather strap, riveted to the shell. The chinstrap is made of genuine leather and is complimented by a steel buckle.

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