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Original U.S. WWI 5th Engineer Battalion M1917 Doughboy Helmet

Regular price $425.00

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic hand painted example of a U.S. M1917 WW1 Helmet. The paint is authentic to the period and depicts the following details: Engineers Castle Insignia with 127 (Which represents the 127th Engineers who were attached to the 5th Engineer Battalion), U.S. Flag, French Flag, a U.S. dough boy soldier in uniform and a star atop the crown. Helmets such as this were made by individual soldiers immediately after they served or during the war and they served behind the lines in non-combat zones. These types are helmets are considered genuine trench art commemorative bring back items.

This excellent example comes complete with the original oil-cloth liner in very good condition. The chinstrap is complete and strong. The bales for the strap are intact, and are held on by split pin rivets, like all British WWI Helmets. The shell is maker marked with the stamping on the underside of the rim HS 96. This is a British manufactured shell, as the first 400,000 helmets issued to GIs were supplied by the UK. This maker code stands for Hadfield Ltd of Sheffield, batch 96, the same company that developed the steel used in helmets throughout the world. They both made the steel and the helmets, so there is only one stamping on this helmet.

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.

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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