Original U.S. Vietnam War Era WWII McCord M1 Helmet With Camouflage Parachute Canopy Helmet Cover With Liner - Complete

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).

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 used is a section of parachute canopy silk. It was a common practice during WWII, Korea and the Vietnam War to use canopy silk as a helmet cover when one was needed. This cover does not appear to be field used and was more than likely a later addition.

The liner is a correct high pressure 1960s issue liner with a replaced 1973 dated sweatband. The rigging is intact and in great shape, with original markings visible on the sweat band, and just a bit of cracking on the sweat band leather. The rear lower nape strap is present. The liner itself shows honest wear in a hot, humid, environment, but is in good condition overall.

The original elastic foliage band comes with the helmet, and is in place just as we found it.

These helmets have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, especially ones with complete wartime dated parts. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!

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