Original U.S. Vietnam War M1 Helmet With Mitchell Pattern Camouflage Helmet Cover, M-151 "Mutt" Inner Tube Band With “Bug Juice” Insect Repellent and Liner - Unissued Condition
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 manganese steel rim. These rims had non-magnetic qualities that reduced the chance of error readings when placed around certain sensitive equipment (such as a compass). In WWII the shells had Stainless Steel rims, however these would easily lose paint, and the shine the produced without paint was a liability.
This helmet is a fine example and still retains most of its original Vietnam War parts, and the shell has the original dark OD Green finish. It is fitted with a very nice USMC reversible camouflage cover, held in place by the rubber cut from an innertube that retains the cover.
The helmet's heat lot code of 6053 is partly visible inside the shell, which indicates manufacture by Ingersoll Rand Products, who produced a total of 3,174,296 helmet shells between 1965-1968 during the Vietnam Period. The helmet still has the original OD Green chin strap, with the correct modified buckle implemented during the Korean war and used until M1 helmet production stopped.
The included USMC reversible camouflage cover is in very good, unissued condition, complete with the securing band. There is wear through around the edges, and overall fading present from years of storage and display.
One of the tabs on the bottom of the cover is marked:
COVER, HELMET, CAMOUFLAGE
CONTRACT NO. 7057
DPSC, DIR. OF MFG.
The contract number is a printing error (7210) that was corrected by hand at the factory to 7057. This number puts the manufacturer date to late 1964 to early 1965. The liner is a correct high pressure 1960s issue liner with a replaced 1974 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 not present. The liner
itself shows light wear and use.
A lovely helmet from the Vietnam War era that comes more than ready for display.
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