Original U.S. WWI USMC M1917 Doughboy Helmet with Intact Liner and Chinstrap - With Period Correct Punch Applied EGA

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an incredibly nice M1917 helmet that was issued to a United States Marine during the Great War. This very nice example is complete with liner and partial chin strap, and still has original period textured paint on the outer shell. Most notably the helmet features a P1917 EGA (Eagle Globe Anchor) cap badge, which was punch applied and not drilled as you so often encounter.

The shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim that reads ZA49. This maker marking indicates that this is a U.S. produced shell, which is further indicated by the solid rivets used to retain the chin strap bales. “ZA” is the stamp that was used by the Crosby Manufacturing Co. The Crosby Company was founded in 1896 by William H. Crosby and William H. Hill as a metal stamping business. They initially manufactured bicycle frames and parts, M1917 helmets and later automobile parts.

The outer shell still has 95% or more of the original textured finish, with the interior finish a bit less due to rust and staining. There is some dirt and rust on the shell, which we left in place to preserve the patina.

The liner is correct to the helmet and is fully attached. The chin strap is still marked, indicating a size 7 1/4. The chinstrap has a wonderful, yet simple modification done to it. The Marine cut a slit in the center so the chinstrap itself can be worn like a more modern one on the actual chin.

This is a wonderful and seldom seen piece of Marine Corps history. Comes ready to be proudly displayed! Semper Fi Marines.

Starting in boot camp, all Marines study the actions of those who have served before them. The history of the Marine Corps is a rich tapestry weaving together the contributions of all Marines. Over the past two centuries, certain aspects of the Corps’ history have taken on an almost legendary status. Below are examples of some of the stories, terms, and traditions that have come to be known as the “Lore of the Corps.”

According to Marine Corps tradition, German soldiers facing the Marines at Belleau Wood called them teufelhunden. These were the devil dogs of Bavarian folklore - vicious, ferocious, and tenacious. Shortly thereafter, a Marine recruiting poster depicted a dachshund, wearing an Iron Cross and a spiked helmet, fleeing an English bulldog wearing the eagle, globe and anchor.

A tradition was born. Although an “unofficial mascot,” the first bulldog to “serve” in the United States Marine Corps was King Bulwark. Renamed Jiggs, he was enlisted on 14 October 1922 for the “term of life.” Enlistment papers were signed by Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler. Although he began his career as a private, Jiggs was quickly promoted to the rank of sergeant major. His death at the age of four was mourned throughout the Corps. His body lay in a satin-lined casket in a hangar on Marine Corps Base Quantico until he was buried with military honors.

Other bulldogs followed in the tradition of Jiggs. From the 1930s through the early 1950s, the name of the bulldogs was changed to Smedley as a tribute to Major General Butler. In the late 1950s, the Marine Barracks in Washington became the new home for the Marine Corps’ bulldog. Chesty, named in honor of the legendary Lieutenant General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, Jr, made his first public appearance on 5 July 1957.

Today the tradition continues. The bulldog, tough, muscular and fearless, has come to epitomize the fighting spirit of the United States Marine Corps.

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