Original U.S. WWI M1 Helmet Used in Film Saving Private Ryan - Engineer Special Brigade - U.S. SPR Marked

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is one of the original prop helmets used during the filming of "Saving Private Ryan". There are original property department stamps on the inside of the shell, and the outside was painted with Engineer Special Brigade markings on the front. The shell itself is an original WWII Front Seam Swivel Bale bearing heat lot number 657D.

the helmet was reconditioned for film use, fitted with reproduction chinstraps, and marked with ESB markings. Like most helmets used in the production, a variety of shells and liners were used. Liners used were a wide variety, ranging from original WWII production, Vietnam era, 1980s, foreign clones, etc. The particular liner in this helmet that was used was a defect CAPAC shell which was repurposed as a toy helmet.
There is unfortunately no provenance we can provide for this helmet, aside from the two “U.S. SPR” markings and the source from which it came, which is why we are able to offer it at such an attractive price. It should be noted that when these items were originally sold back in 1998, none of these items were accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. They were originally sold on the reenactor market, as reenactors at the time, it was believed, would make the ideal customer who could repurpose these goods.  As it is, the helmet is still a very nice partly refurbished early war issue McCord helmet.
The U.S. WWII M-1 helmet was only produced from 1941 to 1945. The U.S. WWII M-1 helmet was only produced from 1941 to 1945. The first production batch resulted with over 323,510 M-1 helmets before the start of the American involvement in the war.
The Ordnance Department selected McCord Radiator and Manufacturing Company of Detroit Michigan to produce the steel M1 helmet bodies. These bodies were made from a single piece of Hadfield Manganese steel that was produced by the Carnegie-Illinois & Sharon Steel Corporations. Each completed raw M-1 helmet shell weighed 2.25 lbs each.
The early M-1 helmet shells had a set of fixed (static) chinstrap loops called "bales" and a stainless steel rim. These rims were both rust resistant and had "non-magnetic qualities" that reduced the chance of error readings when placed around certain sensitive equipment (such as a compass).
These helmets have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, especially genuine WWII issue liners with the correct HBT straps and buckles.  A great piece of movie history, made from an original WWII Issued helmet. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!
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