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Original U.S. WWI M1917 A.E.F. Doughboy Helmet with Camouflage Textured Paint

Regular price $395.00

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Original Item: Only One Available. The M1917 was the US Army's first modern combat helmet, used from 1917 and during the 1920s, before being replaced by the M1917A1.

This genuine Great War helmet is a very fine example with excellent complete liner and chinstrap (broken). The shell has original period camouflage textured paint in yellow, black, green, dark reddish brown. The front is marked for "American Expeditionary Force". The shell is maker marked with the stamping on the underside of the rim ZA1 76.

This is an excellent example of a genuine USGI Great War helmet from an legendary division of the US army.

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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