Original U.S. WWI M1917 Doughboy Helmet with WWII Issue Net - Size 7
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of a U.S. M1917 "Doughboy" helmet, which features original period textured OD Green paint and a WWII issue helmet net. The shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim that reads ZD 24. 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. The liner is present, and is in worn condition, with the oil cloth showing extensive wear as well has some tearing present with a good netting underneath. The chin strap is partially present on the right side but broken and in delicate condition. The liner is still attached to the helmet fortunately, by the top portion of the chin strap. The included net is a lovely example from WWII and was more than likely added for display purposes.
A great example of an authentic WWI "Doughboy" helmet, 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 a steel buckle.
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