Original U.S. WWII 1942 McCord Front Seam Fixed Bale M1 Helmet with Firestone Liner, Helmet Net & Burlap Camo
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a genuine WWII Front-Seam Fixed Bale M1 Helmet made by McCord Radiator, fitted with a very nice liner by Firestone. The exterior is also fitted with a lovely WWII issue helmet net, which has colored burlap strips inserted to increase the camouflage profile. Really a great WWII Helmet setup here!
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 225B which indicates the approximate manufacture date of August 1942, not long after the U.S. entered 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.
This very good condition M1 shell has correct early war fixed chinstrap loops, called "bales," and a stainless steel rim with a front seam. 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). In October 1943, issues with the fixed bales breaking off resulted in a change to the "swivel bales". Then in October 1944, the rims were changed to non magnetic manganese steel, due to issues with the paint wearing off the rim. Shortly after this in November 1944 the specification was changed to have the rim seam in the rear of the helmet.
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 only light wear and staining. There is also the usual wear on the stainless steel rim, which is now partly exposed. It has the correct early war OD green #3 Chin strap with a cast brass buckle and brass end clip on the other side.
The liner is painted white and is the correct “high pressure” WWII issue and stamped with an F logo over F 1 for the FIRESTONE TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY Manufactured in Akron, Ohio this “high pressure” manufactured M-1 helmet liner is identified by an embossed “F” in the crown. Firestone Tire and Rubber Company started M-1 helmet liner delivery to the US Army in September 1942. They produced approximately 7,500,000 M-1 helmet liners and discontinued production around August 17 1945 when the war ended.
This true US WWII M-1 helmet liner be identified through the frontal eyelet hole. Other correct WWII features include OD Green #3 cotton herringbone twill (HBT) cloth suspension liner, with the webbing in good shape. 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 string. This way the wearer could adjust the fit. The sweatband is still present, though it is quite worn, and the leather has degraded quite a bit. It is dry and cracked, having shrunken a lot due to age and sweat damage. The leather liner chin strap is unfortunately completely missing, which is common.
A very nice genuine early WWII issue helmet with a great camouflage net, perfect for any collection! Ready to display!
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