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Original U.S. WWII 1942 McCord Front Seam Fixed Bale M1 Helmet with Vehicle Painted Shell & Westinghouse Liner

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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. It saw service during WWII, and has had the outside of the shell repainted with lighter green "vehicle" paint, something that is very rare to see.

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 67B which indicates the approximate manufacture date of February 1942, only a few months after the U.S. entered WWII. This is one of the earliest shells that we have ever seen!

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, now painted over with lighter green "vehicle paint". There is also the usual wear on the stainless steel rim, which is now partly exposed, even after the repaint. There are a few stress cracks in the shell as well, very common for early production helmets. 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 correct "high pressure" WWII issue and embossed with a W under mold number 5, for manufacture by the the Westinghouse Electric Co of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. These "high pressure" manufactured M-1 helmet liner are identified by an embossed "W" in the crown (which is still Westinghouse's logo to this day). Westinghouse was the largest M-1 helmet liner producer and had two production divisions; Micarta and Bryant Electric. The Micarta Division produced about 13,000,000 M-1 helmet liners and the Bryant Electric Division about 10,000,000. Westinghouse Electric Company started M-1 helmet liner delivery in May 1942.

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, and in very good condition, showing only light wear. The leather liner chinstrap is also still intact and supple, a real rarity!

A very nice genuine VERY early WWII issue helmet with a vehicle paint finish, perfect for any collection! Ready to display!

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