Original U.S. WWI 90th Infantry Division M1917 Panel Camouflage Painted Doughboy Helmet Shell - American Made
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic genuine Great War hand painted camouflage helmet, with a 90th Infantry Division Insignia painted on the front with a US collar disc. The helmet features textured original period colored panel camouflage paint in a multitude of colors, including green, brown, black, red and various other shades.
The paint is a bit worn, and definitely shows use, but it has a great look and the colors are still somewhat discernible, with a lovely patina. The interior of the helmet has some original paint, with some rust corrosion. The liner and chinstrap are missing, as are both of the chinstrap bales.
The underside of the rim is stamped ZA 196, indicating that the shell is a U.S. manufactured shell, and not British. The solid rivet attaching the chin-strap bale further confirms this.
A wonderful totally original helmet shell with genuine original paint! Ready to display!
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 stateside. 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 a steel buckle.
90th Infantry Division
The 90th Infantry Division ("Tough 'Ombres") was a unit of the United States Army that served in World War I and World War II. Its lineage is carried on by the 90th Sustainment Brigade.
The division insignia consists of a monogrammatic red "T" and "O" on a square olive drab background. It was adopted by the 90th Division during World War I because most of its original personnel were drafted from Texas and Oklahoma.
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