Original U.S. WWII Early 1941 M1 McCord Fixed Bale Front Seam Helmet with Rare Hawley Paper Liner

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice early example of a genuine WWII Front-Seam Fixed Bale M1 Helmet made by McCord Radiator, with an extremely rare Hawley pressed paper liner, which is complete with sweatband.

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 29B, a very low number which indicates the approximate manufacture date of September-October 1941, shortly before the U.S. entered into 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.

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 chin strap is the correct OD Green #3 with blacked brass cast hardware.

Condition of the shell is quite nice, with only a few dents, and the paint retained very well. There is some rust damage on the inside and outside, but nothing major. There is also still a lot of paint on the Stainless Steel rim, which was prone to wear. The shell does have a few stress cracks in the rear and sides, common due to the "high dome" design of the M1.

The liner is also in fair condition, which is somewhat rare, as the Hawley liners were made of paper, and unfortunately not nearly as resistant to wear as the "high-pressure" type. It has some extensive denting, tearing and material loss. The rigging has also somewhat deformed the liner in places, due to age and the low strength of the liner. The web suspension is also in very nice shape, complete with the inner suspension and sweatband. The leather on the sweat band is in good shape, especially considering the age.

This is definitely a helmet that saw use during the war, but was not abused, giving it that great worn in look. This would make a worthy addition to any WWII or Helmet collection. Ready to display!

Features a RARE Hawley Liner:
The shape and characteristics of the Hawley liner were identical to those of the fiberglass counterpart. The differences were the material of construction and the absence from the front metal grommet, which is where insignia could be placed. The suspension was made of a series of canvas straps. The sweatband has a leather cover. The whole assembly was riveted to the body of the liner. Small buckles were provided to adjust the suspension. However, doing so was difficult and very clumsy. The Hawley liner was issued in very small numbers during the early days of World War Two.

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