Original U.S. WWI M1917 Doughboy Winter Snow Camouflage Helmet With Textured Paint
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of a U.S. M1917 "Doughboy" helmet, which features original period textured paint.. The helmet was originally OD Green, but it looks like the paint on the top was stripped, and it was painted with textured white for use during the winter months. There is also a red "lightning bolt" logo glued to the front of the helmet, but this does not appear to be original to WWI.
The shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim that reads ZF 38. The solid rivets and heat lot number further indicate that this helmet shell was produced in the United States, and not in the UK.
The paint is in very good condition both inside and outside the helmet, with minimal rust and wear, just dirt and dust from being 100 years of age. There are however a few areas where the paint has chipped off, showing the underlying steel. The liner is present, and is in very good condition, with great looking oil cloth and netting. The original top tag is still partly present. The original chin strap is also still present, though it is partly torn through on one end, so it is in delicate condition.
A great example of an authentic WWI "Doughboy" Snow Camouflage 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 steel buckle.
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