Original U.S. WWII 1944 Named Lieutenant M1 McCord Front Seam Helmet

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fantastic 1944 front seam swivel bale helmet with Westinghouse liner. The shell bears a metal Lieutenant rank insignia to the front. Underneath the rank bar is a painted 2R and the reverse of the helmet is painted C. JONES.  The inside of the helmet is also marked in paint B82. The interior bears a lot number of 1009C which places the estimated date of manufacture at July, 1944. Overall condition is very good.

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. 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 later M-1 helmet shells had a set of swivel (movable) 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 great example and still retains original WW2 parts and the shell has some of the original "corked" grain paint.

Manufactured in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this “high pressure” manufactured M-1 helmet liner is identified by an embossed MSA in the crown. Mine Safety Appliance started M-1 helmet liner 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 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.

M1 helmets have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, and named  officer's helmets are very difficult to source, making this example certain to appreciate in value year after year!
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