Original U.S. WWII Vietnam War Unissued M1 Helmet with Early Twill USMC Reversible Camouflage Cover - Mint Condition
Original Item: Only One Available. When it comes to that overused word “Mint”, we try not to use it that much, but in this case it’s an exception. This in fact is an unissued MINT condition M1 Helmet from the Vietnam War. When we say mint, it looks like this helmet was just made ready to be issued out, and essentially escaped the fate of a used and abused life of belonging to a grunt. This is without a doubt the best Vietnam war era M1 helmet we have ever received here at IMA!
Vietnam War era M-1 helmet shells have 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 Vietnam War parts and the shell has all original corked grain paint. The liner is a correct high pressure 1960s issue liner dated 1965 on the inside right webbing. The rigging is intact and in perfect shape, with original markings visible on the sweat band. The liner shows no signs of this helmet ever being worn.
The shell’s chin strap is original, and the USMC cover is original and in very good condition. It has no stains or holes and is definitely solid. It is marked on the underside of one of the flaps:
COVER, HELMET, CAMOUFLAGE
CONTRACT NO. 9005
Based on the contract number, this Mitchell M1 Helmet Cover was produced in mid 1965.
These helmets have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, especially genuine Vietnam War unissued ones from the USMC. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!
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