Original U.S. WWII 1942 M1 McCord Fixed Bale Front Seam Helmet with St. Clair Liner and Net
Original Item: Only One Available. 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 stamped 161, which indicates the approximate manufacture date of May 1942.
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 early-WWII helmet set showcases an original cork textured paint. In addition to original paint, it retains its original cork texture, and khaki chinstraps. The chinstraps feature the early cast-brass buckle, carried over from the M1917A1 helmet. The helmet's early style fixed loops are strong and intact.
The helmet's low pressure St. Clair manufactured liner features the quite rare embossed "SC" marking painted yellow, steel rectangular washers, a first pattern rayon suspension, and remnants of the leather liner strap. It comes complete with all original webbing and leather sweatband.
Also included is an original helmet net.
This true almost unissued US WWII M-1 helmet liner be identified through the frontal eyelet hole. Other correct WW2 features include cotton herringbone twill (HBT) cloth suspension dated 1943. 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 a shoestring. This way the wearer could adjust the fit. The shell chin strap is present and in excellent condition.
These helmets have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, especially genuine WW2 issue liners. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!
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