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 The sweatband has been replaced by a quality unit.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 M1 #45 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, black-steel band and swivel bails. The heat stamp reads as 1086F so it most likely a 1944 made shell. The shell was painted in a post-war, light olive drab colour with a grit textured finish. This finish was in good condition so I primed over it to apply a WW2 olive-drab. A set of OD3 chinstraps have been attached by bar-stitching. The liner is an original, high pressure type double marked as CAPAC and Westinghouse. The Westinghouse symbol can be found surmounting the number 63. Below this again is the CAPAC cross with the numbers 5, 1, 5 and 2 surrounding the cross, the cross then surmounts the number 21. I could not find this configuration in my references and continued to investigate it. Nick from Top Pots gave me the answer. It is a Korean era liner and the combination of makers was a merger for manufacture between 1951 – 53. When acquired, the crown had an 8mm hole drilled through it (no, I can’t figure out why either), this has been repaired. The outer surface of the liner has been repainted in dark olive drab. This liner has been completely refitted out to WW2 specs with new khaki webbing, new sweatband, new chinstrap and new hardware. The emblem for the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division have been stenciled on each side of the helmet and an olive-drab cam net has been fitted. $355 AUD
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