US Helmets and Liners

US FS #10 - The shell is an original WWII McCord, front seam, swivel bale with a stainless steel banded edge. The shell is in good condition with a 30mm stress crack at the left rear near the edge. The heat stamp is 895G. The liner is an original WWII Firestone high pressure liner and has been repainted. The liner shell is mostly in good condition except for a small portion of the rim, which is missing, and which would be located near the right swivel bale. The inner original khaki webbing is present in fair condition as is the drawstring. The original nape strap attachment webbing has been retained. The sweatband has been replaced by a quality unit. The nape strap was not present and has been replaced. The leather liner chinstrap is a replacement also. The chinstrap for the shell is a high quality tan web type replacement. The highlight of this helmet is the original US produced, small mesh, OD net with sewn on elasticized band. This is a mint, unissued example. These nets are out there but hard to pick up, especially in unissued condition. The shell is painted in dark olive drab with a cork textured finish. This helmet represents a standard GI issue with a rare net in excellent condition. $375 AUD
US FS FB #2
US FS FB #2 - The shell is an original McCord, front seam, fixed bale with stainless steel band and most likely of 1942 make. It is good condition with a few dints around the crown and a 30+mm stress crack at the centre rear extending from the rim. The heat stamp is 754B. It was painted in a non-wartime green with evidence of the original texture on the outside. When the green paint was stripped, the underlying paint was of a medium blue. Perhaps this shell was a US Navy helmet at some time. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed then painted in olive-drab with a cork textured outer surface. The liner is a very rare original WWII St Clair low pressure liner. Most of the original outer paint is present with some age and scuffing. The sweatband, nape strap and leather chin strap were not present and have been replaced. The liner has a 90mm crack on the left side but other than this the shell and webbing are in good condition. The crack has been stabilized with some Araldite. The liner has a yellow SC in the crown. St Clairs are brittle and do not like rough handling. I fear that even the pressure of putting a net between the shell and liner could damage it. New sweatband, new neck strap, original leather chinstrap with brass hardware. New OD3 shell chinstrap set. S650 AUD
US FS M1 #57 - The shell is an original WWII Schleuter with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is a lightly stamped and looks like 806 with the Schleuter S beneath. Numerically, one in twenty WW2 M1s were Schleuters; the rest being McCords. The shell had a smooth semi-gloss green externally and dozens of coats of paint inside. This shell is in good condition overall with only four insignificant stress cracks across the rear. This shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab inside and navy-blue on the outside with a textured outer surface. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2, high pressure type manufactured by Capac. The CAPAC logo and the number 17 (written backwards) can be found at the inner crown. When acquired the liner was painted in a thick, brush painted green with evidence of black and yellow paint around the inner rim. There are a couple of pinholes near the front eyelet where rank badges may have been pinned on. Inside the liner, the original triple-weave khaki webbing and the black steel A washers are in good condition. The sweat band, brown leather chinstrap and neck strap are new. The liner shell was stripped however its bare finish wasn’t good enough to be retained. Hence the outer surface is painted olive-drab. This helmet is restored to depict a USN helmet with Chief Petty Office Corpsman insignia stenciled on the front. $355 AUD
US FS M1 Sch #63 - The shell is an original WWII Schleuter (Schleuter Manufacturing Company) with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 215A with S (for Schleuter). Numerically, one to every twenty WW2 McCord M1s was a Schleuter. The outer was bare when acquired while the inside retains its original olive-drab paint in a soiled condition. The shell is undamaged. The outer surface was cleaned, primed and painted in a textured olive-drab. A new OD3 para type chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original of WW2 vintage, high pressure type manufactured by Mine Safety Appliance (MSA). The MSA logo and the mould number 26 can be found in the crown. When acquired, the liner was painted red with a Smoky the Bear transfer on the front (Prevent Forest Fires); CATAWISSA (a town in Pennsylvania) was stenciled below this in yellow. The original OD3, triple-weave webbing is present and is maker marked K.W.M. (who is this maker), the hardware is blackened brass. The outer suface was totally stripped; primed and painted in olive-drab. It has been converted to a para liner with new A straps, para snaps and leather chin cup. It also has a new sweatband, leather chinstrap and neck strap. This helmet and liner have been configured as an M1C para helmet with the insignia for the 82nd Airborne Division on each side. An olive-drab cam net has also been fitted. $420 AUD
US FS FB #13 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and fixed bales. The heat stamp reads as 350B. When acquired the shell had very little of its original paint and texture; the visible steel was very clean and rust free. The shell cleaned up very nicely to bare metal and is in near perfect condition; there is a 30mm stress crack at the left rear and another 15mm crack near the left bale. This shell was primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2, rare high-pressure type manufactured by Inland/Firestone. It has the dual logos of Inland and Firestone and the number 30 in the crown. In 1943 Inland ceased making liners and the steel moulds were used by other companies; Firestone used a number of these; as a result, a combination of logos occurred. When acquired, the liner was painted a flaky black externally and the original triple weave khaki webbing (by VOGT) was mostly intact except for one horizontal strand on right front. I planned to replace only the broken strand but the rest of the webbing was far too brittle. The liner shell was totally stripped; and remains in its raw finish. The inside has been fully refurbished with brand new triple-weave khaki webbing, new hardware, new sweatband, new brown leather chinstrap and new neck strap. The helmet is represented in D-Day Medic markings with four 130mm white discs and red crosses. An olive-drab cam net has been fitted to protect the surface. $440 AUD
US FS M1 #65 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless-steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 814B. When acquired, the shell had a semi-gloss olive-drab repaint with a textured outer; not the original paint. The shell had two stress cracks; one right-front the other right-rear. Both cracks have been stabilized with weld. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2, high pressure type manufactured by Westinghouse. The Westinghouse logo and the mould number 68 can be found in the crown. When acquired, the liner was painted in grey primer, with white under that and the original olive-drab under that. It has been stripped, primed and painted in olive-drab. The original OD3 triple-weave webbing was only partially present. The liner has been totally refurbished with new OD3 triple-weave webbing; new green A washers; new rivets; new sweatband; new neck strap and new leather chinstrap. The helmet has the D-Day tactical markings of a Captain in the 2nd Ranger Battalion – a Capt. Miller representation. A dark olive-drab net has also been fitted. $365 AUD