Item:
ONSV9953

Original U.S. WWII - Early Vietnam War Schlueter M1 Helmet With Mitchell Pattern Camouflage Helmet Cover, M-151 "Mutt" Inner Tube Band, and WWII Seaman Paper Co Liner

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The M1 helmet is a combat helmet that was used by the United States military from World War II until 1985, when it was succeeded by the PASGT helmet. For over forty years, the M1 was standard issue for the U.S. military. The M1 helmet has become an icon of the American military, with its design inspiring other militaries around the world.

Vietnam War era M-1 helmet shells have a set of swivel (movable) chinstrap loops called bales and a stainless steel rim. These rims were both rust resistant and had non-magnetic qualities that reduced the chance of error readings when placed around certain sensitive equipment (such as a compass).

Aside from the markings, there are some subtle differences between a McCord and Schlueter M-1 helmet shell. This can be found on the rims. A Schlueter helmet shell has a much straighter profile than the classic McCord brim. Also the weld marks for the fixed bales and rim are small and round on a Schlueter, while they are oval and wide for a McCord.

This nice later war production helmet is a fine example and still retains all of its original WWII parts and paint, with some light wear from service. The steel shell is marked with a large S and heat lot stamped 343 dating manufacture in about October 1944, after the switch to Manganese rims but before the switch to a rear seam. The small round welds on the front seam are also definitive for a Schlueter helmet shell.

This helmet is a fine example and still retains all of its original Vietnam War parts and the shell has all original corked grain paint. The cover appears to have been matched with the helmet for quite some time but does not have the same “molded” appearance as war time matched examples.

The liner is correct high pressure WWII issue and stamped with a S in an oval for the SEAMAN PAPER COMPANY. Manufactured in Chicago, Illinois this "high pressure" manufactured M-1 helmet liner is identified by an embossed "S" in the crown. Seaman Paper Company started delivery to the US Army in September 1942. They produced approximately between 2,000,000 - 4,000,000 M-1 helmet liners and discontinued production around August 17, 1945 when the war ended.

This true, lovely service worn condition US WWII M-1 helmet liner can be identified through the frontal eyelet hole. Other correct WW2 features include cotton herringbone twill (HBT) OD Green #3 cloth suspension. This HBT suspension is held within the M-1 helmet liner by rivets and a series of triangular "A" washers. The three upper suspension bands are joined together with a string. This way the wearer could adjust the fit. The overall condition of the webbing is fair and shows signs of extensive wear and staining. There is tearing and fray marks all throughout. The sweatband is in similar, worn condition with cracking and tearing present. The exterior of the liner was painted white, more than likely for use by an MP and was paired with the helmet.

The shell chin strap is original, and the Mitchell Pattern Cover is original and in very good condition. It has some stains and small holes around the edge, but is definitely solid. It is marked on the outside with CLASS X. There are no other markings that can be found.

A lovely example ready for display.

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