Original U.S. WWI M1917 Doughboy Divisional Helmet Collection - Set of 3
Original Items: Only One Set Available. These wonderful examples all have original period textured paint. Every shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim. These are wonderful examples of a genuine USGI Great War helmets from well known divisions of the US army.
Helmet 1- Features an original hand painted 7th Infantry Division insignia.
Helmet 2- Features an original hand painted 30th Infantry Division insignia.
Helmet 3- Features an original hand painted 89th Infantry Division insignia.
2 helmets consist of only the shells which are in good condition, liners and chinstraps are not included. One helmet contains a liner but no strap.
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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