Original U.S. WWII 1942 M1 McCord Fixed Bale Converted Paratrooper Helmet with Seaman Liner & Net

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of a genuine WWII Front-Seam Fixed Bale M1 Helmet made by McCord Radiator, with very nice liner by Seaman Paper Co. At some point during the war, or possibly post war, the helmet was converted to the paratrooper configuration. The original shell chin straps were removed, replaced with the paratrooper type, which have a snap that attaches to the liner.

The liner itself had two of the "A" washer rivets replaced, so that the leather paratrooper chin cup could be installed with the canvas securing straps. At this time the snap was also added to attach to the shell chin strap. These can be seen as unpainted from the exterior of the helmet, indicating the replacement. It all fits together correctly, and comes with a very nice thin style helmet net.

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 155A, a low number which indicates the approximate manufacture date of May 1942, shortly after 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 many its original WWII parts and the shell has all original "corked" grain paint with front seam and fixed bails. It was however repainted, probably when it was converted to the paratrooper configuration. The replacement paratrooper chin strap is the correct OD Green #3 with mid-war stamped steel hardware. The helmet does have some denting and wear to the paint, and the stainless steel rim has the usual paint loss. There also are some stress cracks, including one by the left chin strap bale, as shown. It is covered with a very nice dark OD green helmet net, for attaching foliage to the helmet.

The liner is correct high pressure WWII issue and stamped with a S in an oval for the SEAMAN PAPER COMPANY. Manufactured in Chicago, Illinois this "high pressure" manufactured M-1 helmet liner is identified by an embossed "S" in the crown. Seaman Paper Company started delivery to the US Army in September 1942. They produced approximately between 2,000,000 - 4,000,000 M-1 helmet liners and discontinued production around August 17, 1945 when the war ended.

This true almost excellent condition US WWII M-1 helmet liner be identified through the frontal eyelet hole. Other correct WW2 features include cotton herringbone twill (HBT) OD Green #3 cloth suspension. This HBT suspension is held tightly within the M-1 helmet liner by rivets and a series of triangular "A" washers. The three upper suspension bands are joined together with the correct OD Green tie strap. This way the wearer could adjust the fit. The sweatband is present, and in very nice condition, with only minor wear. The original leather liner chin strap is present, as well as the added paratooper chin strap with leather cup.

If you were looking for a very nice WWII Reworked paratrooper helmet, this is it! Looks the business and is ready to display!


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