Original U.S. WWI Unissued M1917 Doughboy Helmet - Complete, Size 7

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a U.S. M1917 "Doughboy" helmet, which features original period OD Green paint and retains much of the original textured paint.

This shell is stamped 203 ZD indicating it was produced in the United States, and can be seen on the underside of the skirt towards the front. The solid rivets on the chin strap bales is another method of identifying the helmet as being American made. The liner and chinstrap is complete and in great condition with minor wear present. The liner still retains the original top felt pad as well as the paper label.

This is a wonderful example of a complete M1917 doughboy helmet.

Comes more than ready for display.

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 our own production began stateside. The US-Made M1917s 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 made of genuine leather and is complimented by a steel buckle.

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