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Original U.S. WWII Army M1 Swivel Bale Helmet with Painted Lieutenant Rank and Invasion Bar

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a WWII M1 Helmet,  complete with Seaman Paper Company liner. Helmet is of the later front seam, “swivel bale” variety, with an obfuscated heat lot number (a number “1” and a letter “D” is readable only). The helmet dates to the Fall of 1944. Helmet is fitted with Olive Drab Chinstraps with painted steel buckle (note the field repaired “male” end of the buckle!). The shell is painted with a 1st Lieutenant rank insignia on the front, and an officer’s “Invasion Stripe” (recognition stripe) painted on the reverse.

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 heat lot stamp in this helmet is mostly covered in paint, but due to the front seam, swivel bale, and when the 22nd was deployed, this helmet was produced sometime
in early 1944.

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 later war 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 fine example and still retains all of its original WWII parts, however it was repainted prior to being reissued for the Korean War.

The liner is correct “high pressure” WWII issue and stamped with an S within an Oval, the symbol for the Seaman Paper Company of Chicago, Illinois. The Liner is fitted with Olive Drab Number 3 (Khaki) herringbone canvas suspension fastened with gray A-Washers. Sweatband is of the rare “double-bar” variety. Liner has a crack at the crown. Original leather liner chinstrap is also intact.

This true US WWII M-1 helmet liner be identified through the frontal eyelet hole. Other correct WW2 features include cotton herringbone twill (HBT) cloth suspension liner. 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 intact, but is worn from age and use. The shell chin strap is original, and the liner chin strap is intact, but worn and cracked from age.

A true WWII Issued helmet, which certainly saw use in the field during WWII! Ready to display!
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