Original U.S. WWII M1917A1 Named Kelly Helmet with Textured Paint - Pvt. Grant King
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 16 D in the steel under the brim.
The original leather liner is intact, with the expected wear from age and service. The felt padding under the liner is still held in place by the leather cover. The original leather top tie is also still present, though it is not currently tied in place. The liner is also marked by the soldier who the helmet was issued to, PVT. GRANT KING. The other side is marked with SERIAL NUMBER / 34154621, and this information is also marked again in an abbreviated form. The records we can find show that Grant King enlisted at Jacksonville Army Airfield in 1941, and had been born in 1917. There may be more information out there, but we leave that as a research opportunity for the customer that purchases this fine example.
The canvas chin strap is worn somewhat, but still solid. There is a bit of staining and a small tear, but the brass buckle and clip are correct and intact.
A great original early WWII helmet with lots of history. Ready to research and 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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