Original U.S. WWII 1943 M1 Fixed Bale Helmet with RARE Hood Rubber Co. Low Pressure Liner- In Completely Untouched Condition!

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. An outstanding example of an early WWII U.S. Combat Helmet that certainly has that “been there “veteran” look! This is an example of a M1 Fixed Bale Helmet. Accompanying the helmet is a fine example of a very scarce Hood Rubber Company Low Pressure Helmet Liner, with original vinyl sweatband, “green buckle” liner chinstrap, and nape strap. The helmet is offered in completely untouched “as found” condition. The liner chinstrap is solidly in place, and the liner has quite obviously not been removed from the shell in many, many years. This helmet is straight out of the attic or garage, exactly the way these used to be found in the past! It has not been cleaned, or dissected since we have had it in our possession! In a sense, this helmet is a proverbial time capsule!

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 661, which dates to July - August 1943, not long before the move to swivel bales.

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 shell is fitted with the early brass chinstrap hardware.

The helmet also features one of the rare early-war "low pressure" liners, which were constructed of rubber fiber, and were the thinnest construction of all WWII Liners. This liner was manufactured by Hood Rubber, and features the white stamped HR marking on the crown, steel triangular "A" washers, and the standard OD Green #3 HBT suspension, which was held over for the later versions of the liner. St. Clair also made the low pressure liner, but they used unique square washers and rayon suspension. The low pressure liners, like the Hawley paper liners, were found to be inadequate, and were replaced with the "high pressure" liner, so finding one still in a helmet is quite rare, as they were sold off to be children's toys.

The rigging in the liner is still intact showing signs of light honest use. The correct Hood Rubber Vinyl Sweatband is still present, with its age matching the rest of the liner. Like all true US WWII M-1 helmet liners, this liner has the front vent eyelet hole. The three upper suspension bands are joined together with a shoestring. This way the wearer could adjust the fit. All parts of this liner are original WWII manufacture. This is a great original example of a rare "low-pressure" liner.

An attractive example of a WWII U.S. Combat Helmet that certainly has the appearance of having “been there”!

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