Original U.S. WWI M1917 Doughboy Helmet with Intact Size 7 1/4 Liner & Textured Paint

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good example of a U.S. M1917 "Doughboy" helmet, which features original period textured OD Green paint and is complete with all parts.This really is a good example of these helmets, many of which are now just shells, completely missing the internal rigging.

The shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim that reads ZC 188. The solid rivets and heat lot number indicate that this helmet shell was produced in the United States. The paint is in very good condition both inside and outside the helmet, with a lot of the original texture remaining. There is some light oxidation in areas, as well as overall dirt and dust, which we have left intact to preserve the lovely patina.

The liner ;is present, and in good condition, especially considering the age. The oil cloth is in good shape, as is the netting underneath, and the top strap is stamped with size 7 1/4. There is some wear to the oil cloth and top pad, but no major damage or mothing we can see. The original label on the top has worn away. The chin strap is present, though it is in delicate condition. It is torn through near one of the bales at the rivet attachment, and the rivet attaching that side to the liner has pulled through.

A great example of an authentic WWI "Doughboy" helmet from WWI, ready to display!

History of the M1917 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.

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