Original U.S. WWI 27th Infantry Division Named M1917 Doughboy Helmet
Original Item: Only One Available. This nice example that has original period textured green brown paint. The shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim that reads YJ 128. This is an wonderful example of a genuine USGI Great War helmet from an well known infantry division of the US army. The best feature of all is the original hand painted 27th Infantry Division insignia. The red stars depict the Orion constellation, punning on the surname of the division's World War I commander John F. O'Ryan. The Red circle on the outside is an "O," also for "O'Ryan." The letters inside form the monogram "NYD," for "New York Division.
The inside rim of the helmet is named in black paint and reads: PVT. ICL. F.U. DiLLON. There is also a white paint letter N in the rear of the inside helmet bowl. The liner and chin strap are absent and the shell is offered in very good to excellent condition with all original paint.
The M1917 was the US Army's first modern combat helmet, used from 1917 and during the 1920s, before being replaced by the M1917A1. The M1917A1 helmet was an updated version of the M1917 and initially used refurbished WW1 shells.
The M1917 is a near identical version of the British Mk.I steel helmet, and it is important to note that when the US joined the Great War in 1917 they were initially issued with a supply of around 400,000 British made Mk.Is, before production began state side. The M1917 differed slightly in its lining detail, and exhibited US manufacture markings.
M1917 helmet liners typically show a paper label at the crown and the dome rivet head. The liner is set up as on the British versions, with an oilcloth band and net configuration, attached to a leather strap, riveted to the shell. The chinstrap is leather with steel buckle.
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