Original U.S. WWI M1917 Doughboy Helmet with Textured Paint named to Hugh Ingersoll

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a U.S. M1917 "Doughboy" helmet, which features original period textured OD Green paint and has the name of they owner painted in white across the top: Hugh Ingersoll.

The shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim that reads ZA 244. The solid rivets and heat lot number indicate that this helmet shell was produced in the United States. The paint is in excellent condition both inside and outside the helmet. The liner is present, and in very good condition, especially considering the age. The oil cloth is in good shape, as is the netting underneath. There is some overall dirt accumulation from years of storage apparently, and some damage to the felt top pad. The original label on the top is still retained.  The chin strap unfortunately has not fared as well, and is quite delicate, already having torn through just an inch below one of the bales.

The best feature of this helmet is definitely the name on the top, which fortunately we have been able to locate in registration records. It looks like Hugh Ingersoll registered at age 24 on June 5th 1917, and was from Montana. Interestingly we cannot identify which city he was from, as it may no longer exist. He was a farmer, born on February 4 1893.

A great example of an authentic WWI "Doughboy" helmet from WWI, named to a specific soldier, ready to research and 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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