Original U.S. Vietnam War USMC M1 Helmet with Decorated Reversible Camouflage Cover
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 all of its original Vietnam War parts and the shell has the original OD Green finish on the interior and exterior of the helmet. The helmet's heat lot code is visible, which appears to be 1 1815, definitely well past WWII and Korean war codes. It still has the correct complete chin strap, secured behind the helmet as was often done.
The helmet has some excellent personalized features, the most notable of which are the "Ace of Spades" Bicycle brand card and stick of Wrigley's Chewing gum stuck under the rubber securing strap for the camouflage cover. Most likely these are recent additions. Looking closely however reveals that the cover itself was personalized by the owner with numerous statements.
These include: "USMC", "GOD country the corp," Best ding is a dead ding", "Just 20 more", "Just wait to be safe", "hit it", "Khe Sanh Quang Ti Hue", and "Say it again". There is also a peace symbol on the front of the helmet. The writing is quite faded, so it was not added any time recently. We believe it to be original period.
The liner is correct high pressure late 1960s issue liner, which features a simplified rigging without any lacing in the center. This allowed for a much sturdier design, adjustable via buckles at the ends of the three straps. The sweatband is good condition, and the rear is marked with the correct Vietnam Era stock numbers. The liner chin strap is unfortunately missing.
The shell chin strap is original, and the USMC cover is original and in very good condition. It has some stains and dirt, as well as wear around the edge, but is definitely solid. It is marked on the underside of one of the flaps with the contract information:
COVER HELMET CAMOUFLAGE
CONTRACT No. DSA 100-68-C-2188
These helmets have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, especially genuine Vietnam War issue ones from the USMC, with some great personalization. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!
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