Original WWI U.S. Marine Corps M1917 Doughboy Helmet with Textured Paint and Size 7 Liner
Original Item: Only One Available. This is only the second 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 nice liner and broken chinstrap, and still has original period OD Green textured paint on the outer shell. More importantly, the front still has a genuine blacked bronze WWI USMC EGA Badge!
The shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim that reads ZC I 78. 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 95% or more of the original textured finish, with the interior finish retained the same. There is some dirt and staining on the shell, which we left in place to preserve the patina. The liner is also in quite nice shape, with a very good oil cloth liner, and intact felt top pad. It is also marked with size 7 on the leather top strap, and has an intact top label! The chin strap is present and complete, however the liner securing strap broke just below the bail at a rivet, so the chin strap is only attached on one side.
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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