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ONSV2356

Original U.S. Army WWII Hawley Trooper Pressed Fiber Sun Helmet in Box

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Original Item: Only One Available.  Introduced in 1940 these pressed fiber helmets remained in service for more than sixty years in tropical regions. These helmets were made by the Hawley Products Company and the International Hat Company. This example is a WW2 version in nearly unissued condition complete in the original box. The box is marked with maker logo and: 

HATTER
DISNEY

The helmet is adjustable and accommodates between a US 7 and 7 1/2. It is ink stamped in the interior crown:
HAWLEY
TROOPER
HAWLEY PRDO CO.
ST. CHARLES, IL


It is also named to H.J. Davis. The front of the helmet bears a U.S. Army officer insignia plate. The helmet is in excellent nearly unissued condition as is the original storage and transport box which is constructed of heavy water resistant lined cardboard. You don't find them much better than this!

The pressed fiber sun helmet – which was first adopted by the USMC on October 1, 1940 – saw use throughout the Second World War. Two companies, Hawley Products Company and International Hat Company, manufactured the helmets and more than 100,000 were produced.

While the pressed fiber helmet saw use by all branches of the military it is most recognized as a helmet of the USMC. In fact, it was widely used as a training helmet while production of the M1 steel helmet was ramped up.

The pressed fiber helmet was actually officially adopted and entered service prior to the M1 helmet, while it remained in service with the US Navy until the 1990s, more than a decade after the M1 helmet was retired from service. This makes the pressed fiber helmet one of the longest serving types of US Military headgear. It saw use in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada and even Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

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