Original U.S. WWII Paratrooper M1 Helmet Liner by Westinghouse
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a an original WWII issue M1 helmet "high pressure" liner, stamped with the Westinghouse Company logo, and is an original manufacture paratrooper liner. Many liners were "updated" after production to fill the need, but this example was that way from the start. The liner is complete with full suspension and sweatband, though the paratrooper chin strap is missing: just the mounting straps are still there.
The liner is definitely 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 M1 liner be identified through the frontal eyelet hole. Other correct features include OD Green #3 cotton herringbone twill (HBT) cloth suspension liner. 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 tie string. This way the wearer could adjust the fit. The original suspension is definitely aged and worn, with some tears. The sweatband is present but deteriorated due to age and use. The paratrooper chin strap extensions are both complete with their cast steel buckles, and are in the correct OD Green #3, which matches the aged color of the rigging perfectly.
Paratrooper liners are the hardest to find of all WWII M1 helmet liners. This fine named example is almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!
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