Original U.S. WWII USMC M1 McCord Helmet with HBT Herringbone Twill P41 Utility Combat Uniform Collection
Original Items: Only One Set Available. Purchased directly from a Veteran’s family this is a wonderful U.S. WWII United States Marine Corps set comprised of the following pieces:
• Size 40” WW2 USMC US Marine Corps P41 USMC Combat Uniform Field Utility Jacket in Olive Drab. It is dated 1944. This loose fitting sage green herringbone twill (HBT) cotton jacket features, original “doughnut hole” USMC buttons, gas flap, chest pocket with flap, internal breast pocket and stenciled black USMC EGA insignia. Offered in near excellent condition.
• Size 32” WW2 USMC US Marine Corps P41 USMC Combat Uniform Field Utility pants in Olive Drab. These loose fitting sage green herringbone twill (HBT) cotton pants feature, original “doughnut hole” USMC buttons, hip pockets, two open rear pockets. Offered in near excellent condition.
• Original WWII USMC 1944 M1 McCord Front Seam Helmet with 1943 Westinghouse Liner with Cover. 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 stamped "124" which indicates the approximate manufacture date of April 1942.
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.
The later M-1 helmet shells had a set of swivel (movable) chinstrap loops called “bales” and a stainless steel rim. 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).
This helmet is a fine example and still retains all of its original WW2 parts and the shell has all original "corked" grain paint.
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 almost unissued US WWII M-1 helmet liner be identified through the frontal eyelet hole. Other correct WW2 features include cotton herringbone twill (HBT) cloth suspension dated 1943. 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 leather liner chinstrap is the early war style but is broken.
The shell chin strap is original and the helmet cover is original 1953 issue USMC in excellent condition!
This is a wonderful near excellent condition genuine WW2 U.S.M.C set that will fill the gap in any pacific theatre collection.
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