Original U.S. WWII Medic M1 McCord Front Seam Helmet with Original Liner
Original Item: Only One Available. 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.
While this is a late war M-1 helmet with a set of swivel (movable) chinstrap loops called bales and a stainless steel rim. The rim has a seam at the front of the helmet which was known as a "front seam", this combination of swivel bales and a front seam date the helmet shell to late 1944. The 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 traces of the original "corked" grain paint with a red cross inside a white square, the red cross paint while likely period was applied well after the original green paint.
The liner is correct high pressure WWII issue. Unfortunately a hole was made in the center where the manufacturer stamp would be so we can not identify the maker. 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 with marker markings. 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. The shell chin strap is a replacement.
WW2 Medic helmets are among the most sought after of all M1 helmets and have become very difficult to find in recent years, especially genuine WW2 issue liners with the correct HBT straps wartime dated. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!
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