Original U.S. WWI M1917 Named Doughboy Helmet with Camouflage Textured Paint of 346th Infantry

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Original Item: Only One Available. This nice example with complete liner but missing chinstrap that has original period colored camouflage textured paint in pink, black, orange, yellow, green, and brown. The shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim that reads D/F 95. This is an wonderful example of a genuine USGI Great War helmet from an well known infantry division of the US army.

Inside the liner there is a red manufacturer stamp with patent information and in hand written black ink:

Robt R Motts

Co E 346 INF.

The 346th Infantry was a component of 173rd Infantry Brigade of the 87th Division. The 87th Division was made up of National Army drafts from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. It was organized at Camp Pike, Arkansas. The overseas movement began August 23, and the last units arrived in France September 13, 1918.

Upon arrival in France, the division was turned over to the Service of Supply and ordered to Pons (Charente-Inferieure), where it was broken up and units placed in the intermediate section. The commanding general of this division was Major General Samuel D. Sturgis. The division is popularly known as the "Acorn Division," and the shoulder insignia is a brown acorn on a greeen circle.

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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