Original U.S. WWI M1917 Named 29th Infantry Division Doughboy Helmet - 54th Field Artillery Brigade

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of a U.S. M1917 "Doughboy" helmet, with original liner and chinstrap, that features an Infantry division insignia and is named to a soldier of one of the units in the division! The shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim that reads ZC 46, a standard U.S. maker and heat lot code. The solid rivets and heat lot number confirm that this helmet shell was produced in the United States. The paint is in excellent condition both inside and outside the helmet, with the correct external texture. The liner is intact, with a complete intact leather chin strap. The felt top pad is somewhat worn due to age and moth, however the original tag is still fully intact. The oil cloth is very nice, as is the fabric netting underneath. The leather overall is supple, but does show age.

The best features of this helmet are definitely the original hand painted 29th Infantry Division - Blue & Gray emblem in the center front of the helmet, along with the owner's information marked on the liner:

BAT. B. 54 ART. CAG.

This indicates that the owner, Pvt. S.A. Goodwin, was part of "B" Battalion of the 54th Field Artillery Brigade, part of the 29th Infantry Divisions order of Battle during WWI.

A great example of an authentic WWI "Doughboy" helmet named to a soldier the 29th Infantry Division, with excellent research potential, ready to display!

The 29th Infantry Division - Blue and Gray

The 29th Infantry Division (29th ID), also known as the "Blue and Gray", is an infantry division of the United States Army based in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. During WW1 the division departed for the Western Front in June 1918 to join the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). The division's advance detachment reached Brest, France on 8 June. In late September, the 29th received orders to join the U.S. First Army's Meuse-Argonne Offensive as part of the French XVII Corps. During its 21 days in combat, the 29th Division advanced seven kilometers, captured 2,148 prisoners, and knocked out over 250 machine guns or artillery pieces. Thirty percent of the division became casualties— 170 officers and 5,691 enlisted men were killed or wounded. Shortly thereafter the Armistice with Germany was signed on November 11, 1918, ending hostilities between the Central Powers and the Allied Powers. The division returned to the United States in May 1919. 

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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