Original U.S. WWII M1917A1 Named Kelly Helmet with Textured Paint
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a genuine very good condition named WWII U.S. Army M1917A1 "Kelly" Helmet. The helmet is complete with the original liner, chin strap and the small leather skull pad that is often missing from these helmets. The shell has the original OD green paint mostly intact, including the textured "corked" exterior. The shell is stamped FS 151 in the steel under the brim.
The original leather liner is intact, though it is definitely stained and worn from age and service. The top tie string is missing, but that can easily be replaced. There is also the name I. SMITH on the liner, which was scratched into the leather some time ago. The canvas chin strap is worn somewhat, but still solid. There is a bit of fraying and staining, but the brass buckle and clip are correct and intact.
A great original early WWII helmet with lots of history. Ready to display!
The M1917A1 helmet was a transitional helmet used during the early years of WWII prior to the introduction of the more common M1 Helmet. It was basically a M1917 helmet shell, as used during WWI, with and improved liner and chin strap assembly. These helmets were widely used by the US Army Troops that occupied the Pacific Islands before and the Pearl Harbor Attack. They were also used by the USMC in the early Island Campaigns of 1942 & 1943.
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