Original WWI U.S. Marine Corps M1917 Doughboy Helmet with Textured Paint
Original Item: Only One Available. This is only the third example of an original U.S. Marine Corps M1917 "Doughboy" helmet that we had had, as they are very hard to come by. This very nice example is complete with a partial liner and complete chinstrap, and still has original period textured paint on the outer shell. More importantly, the front still has a genuine WWI USMC EGA Badge!
The shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim that reads ZC 204. This maker marking indicates that this is a U.S. produced shell, which is further indicated by the solid rivets used to retain the chin strap bales.
The outer shell still has 90% or more of the original textured finish, with the interior finish a bit less due to rust and staining. There is some dirt and rust on the shell, which we left in place to preserve the patina. The liner unfortunately has suffered damage and deterioration, and is no longer attached to the chin strap. The chin strap is intact and functional, with the usual cracking of age. It is still quite soft, though it is a bit delicate.
This is an wonderful RARE example of a genuine USMC Great War helmet, all original and ready to display!
History of the M1917 Helmet:
The M1917 was the US Army's first modern combat helmet, used from 1917 and during the 1920s, before being replaced by the M1917A1. The M1917A1 helmet was an updated version of the M1917 and initially used refurbished WW1 shells.
The M1917 is a near identical version of the British MkI steel helmet, and it is important to note that when the US joined the Great War in 1917 they were initially issued with a supply of around 400,000 British made Mk.Is, before production began state side. The M1917 differed slightly in its lining detail, and exhibited US manufacture markings.
M1917 helmet liners typically show a paper label at the crown and the dome rivet head. The liner is set up as on the British versions, with an oilcloth band and net configuration, attached to a leather strap, riveted to the shell. The chinstrap is leather with steel buckle.
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