Original U.S. WWII MP Military Police M1 Helmet Liner by Westinghouse

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a genuine World War Two issue M1 Helmet liner by Westinghouse in excellent condition. The most notable aspect is the original period white band around the circumference and white MP painted to the front. MP stands for Military Police. MPs often were behind the front lines stationed at Headquarters and routinely didn't wear the heavy steel exterior shells as they were typically on their feet for various duties including guard duty at the guardhouse or stockade.

This liner is the correct high pressure WWII issue and stamped with a W for the Westinghouse Electric Co Manufactured in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this "high pressure" manufactured M-1 helmet liner is identified by an embossed W in the crown (which is still Westinghouse's logo to this day). Westinghouse was the largest M-1 helmet liner producer and had two production divisions; Micarta and Bryant Electric. The Micarta Division produced about 13,000,000 M-1 helmet liners and the Bryant Electric Division about 10,000,000. Westinghouse Electric Company started M-1 helmet liner delivery in May 1942. Westinghouse did have a contract to produce airborne liners and converted an unknown amount to airborne configuration. Westinghouse discontinued production around August 17, 1945 when the war ended.

A true US WWII M-1 helmet liner can usually be identified through the frontal eyelet hole. Other correct WW2 features include cotton herringbone twill (HBT) cloth suspension. 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 liner chinstrap, back and nape strap and sweatband are all WW2 issue.

Quality, complete WWII M1 helmet liners have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, especially genuine WW2 issue Military Police liners. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year.
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