Original U.S. WWII Named M1 Helmet Liner by Westinghouse with Period Camouflage Paint Job
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a magnificent example of a genuine WWII "High Pressure" helmet liner by Westinghouse, with very well executed multi-color camouflage paint job on the outside! We have examined it carefully, and based on the colors and wear pattern, we believe it is definitely WWII period. Even better, there is the name Frank Southall written on the outside, along with the initials LM on the inside. Perhaps Southall was responsible for the excellent paint job, and LM was the owner? Unfortunately the liner can only tell us so much.
The liner is correct "high pressure" WWII issue and stamped with a W under molde number 5, 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.
This true US WWII M-1 helmet liner be identified through the frontal eyelet hole. Other correct WWII features include OD Green #3 cotton herringbone twill (HBT) cloth suspension liner, with the webbing in good condition. 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 leather liner chin strap is present and intact, which is quite a rarity. The sweatband is completely missing, however they are still relatively easy to find on the surplus market.
A fantastic camouflage M1 helmet liner, named on the outside and initialed on the inside, ready to research and display!
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