Original U.S. WWII 1941 Personalized M1 McCord Fixed Bale Front Seam Helmet with Hawley Liner
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice early example of a genuine WWII Front-Seam Fixed Bale M1 Helmet made by McCord Radiator, with an extremely rare Hawley pressed paper liner. It is also personalized by the soldier who wore it, with initials C.G.M. painted on the back, and what appears to be a question mark on the top.
The U.S. WWII M-1 helmet was only produced from 1941 to 1945. The first production batch resulted with over 323,510 M-1 helmets before the start of the American involvement in the war. This helmet is heat-lot stamped 57A, a very low number which indicates the approximate manufacture date of August 1941, just before the U.S. entered into WWII.
The Ordnance Department selected McCord Radiator and Manufacturing Company of Detroit Michigan to produce the steel M1 helmet bodies. These bodies were made from a single piece of Hadfield Manganese steel that was produced by the Carnegie-Illinois & Sharon Steel Corporations. Each completed raw M-1 helmet shell weighed 2.25 lbs each.
The early M-1 helmet shells had a set of fixed chinstrap loops called "bales" and a stainless steel rim. These rims were both rust resistant and had "non-magnetic qualities" that reduced the chance of error readings when placed around certain sensitive equipment (such as a compass).
This helmet is a fine example and still retains all of its original WW2 parts and the shell has all original "corked" grain paint with front seam and fixed bails. The only part that appears to be a later war replacement is the longer side of the chin strap, which is the darker OD green used around 1944. The hardware is the correct early blacked brass.
Condition of the shell is quite nice, with only a few dents, and the paint retained very well. There is also still a lot of paint on the Stainless Steel rim, which was prone to wear. The liner unfortunately is not in as good condition, as the Hawley liners were made of paper, and unfortunately not nearly as resistant to wear as the "high-pressure" type. The web suspension is also quite worn, and the canvas has deteriorated to a very delicate condition, with several tears straight through.
This is definitely a helmet that saw significant use during the war, but this gives it the unmistakable wear of true use. This would make a worthy addition to any WWII or Helmet collection. Ready to display!
Features a RARE Hawley Liner:
The shape and characteristics of the Hawley liner were identical to those of the fiberglass counterpart. The differences were the material of construction and the absence from the front metal grommet, which is where insignia could be placed. The suspension was made of a series of canvas straps. The sweatband has a leather cover. The whole assembly was riveted to the body of the liner. Small buckles were provided to adjust the suspension. However, doing so was difficult and very clumsy. The Hawley liner was issued in very small numbers during the early days of World War Two.
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