Original WWII Type U.S. M1 Rear Seam Swivel Bale Helmet with Fiber Liner
Original Item: These helmets were not manufactured during WWII. They are however, nearly identical to the WW2 style or pattern M1 steel pot helmet as was used in WWII. These helmets were manufactured by US Government between 1950 and 1980 and some may very well have even seen action during the Vietnam war.
The M1 helmet is a combat helmet that was used by the American military from World War II until it was succeeded by the PASGT helmet beginning in 1985. For over forty years, the M1 was standard issue for the U.S. military and naval forces, and has become an icon of the American military, with its design inspiring other militaries around the world.
These post war M-1 helmet shells have a set of swivel (moveable) chinstrap loops called bales and a stainless steel rim with a rear seam. 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). Canvas shell chinstrap is not included but will be available for purchase soon.
The liner is the correct high pressure fiber WWII style with frontal eyelet. The liners were manufactured in Belgium in the 1950s and this high pressure manufactured M-1 helmet liner is identified by a manufacturer stamping and 1950s date on the inner dome. Collectors know that M1 helmet liners produced in Belgium are the best of the post war WWII style liners because, like a true US WWII M-1 helmet liner, it can it can be identified by the frontal eyelet hole. Other correct WW2 features include cotton herringbone twill (HBT) cloth suspension. 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 liner chinstrap is made of leather.
The M1 helmet is extremely popular with militaria collectors, and helmets from the World War II period are generally more valuable than later models. Both World War II and Vietnam era helmets are becoming much harder to find. Add one to your collection today before it is too late!
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