Original U.S. WWII Named 1943 M1 McCord Fixed Bale Helmet with Westinghouse Liner - 69th Infantry Division
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a genuine WWII Front-Seam Fixed Bale M1 Helmet made by McCord Radiator, named to a WWII Soldier. It is fitted with Westinghouse liner, and the shell is marked on the sides with red triangles with white borders, a unit Insignia from the 69th Infantry Division. We have consulted several experts on M1 Helmets, and they have confirmed that this is an emblem from the division, possibly the 69th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized), who had a triangular emblem, though the official patch was much more complex.
The front of the helmet liner is marked with a painted Gold bar, for the rank of 2nd. Lieutenant, and under this the name HAMMERS is stenciled. LT. HAMMERS is also written on the inside of the shell above the right chin strap bale. We have not made any attempts to research this Officer, and leave it as an excellent research opportunity.
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 466B which indicates the approximate manufacture date of March-April 1943.
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.
This fantastic condition M1 shell has correct mid war fixed chinstrap loops, called "bales," and a stainless steel rim with a front seam. 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). In November 1944 the specification was changed to have the rim seam in the rear of the helmet.
This helmet is a fine example and still retains most of its original WW2 parts and the shell has all original "corked" grain paint, though it definitely has seen use. The exterior may have been repainted when the insignia were added, as indicated by the color and brush strokes visible.There is also the usual wear on the stainless steel rim. The shell has the correct front seam with large oval welds, confirming it is a McCord shell. It has the correct early war OD green #3 Chin strap with a cast brass buckle.
The liner is 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 producce airborne liners and converted an unknown amount to airborne configuration. Westinghouse discontinued production around August 17, 1945 when the war ended.
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 the webbing in very good shape. 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 the correct OD green string. This way the wearer could adjust the fit. The sweatband is present, but definitely shows wear. Also the front of the rigging has torn out from under its securing A washer. The liner chin strap is missing, which is very common.
An excellent genuine Named and Unit Marked WWII issue helmet, perfect for any collection! Ready to display!
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