US Helmets and Liners

US FS FB #2 w/St Clair liner
US FS FB #2 - The shell is an original McCord, front seam, early fixed bale with stainless steel band and most likely of 1942 make. It is in good condition and a 30+mm stress crack at the centre rear extending from the rim. The heat stamp is 754B. When the existing green paint was stripped, the underlying paint was of a medium blue. Perhaps this shell was a US Navy helmet at some time. The liner is a very rare original WWII St Clare 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 100 mm 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 best place for this liner is in a helmet shell. The liner has a yellow SC in the crown. The chinstrap for the shell is a high quality tan web type replacement. The shell is painted in dark olive drab with a cork textured finish. A rare early fixed bale shell and St Clare low pressure liner combination. $650 AUD
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 The sweatband has been replaced by a quality unit.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 M1C #49 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless-steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 812A. The shell was painted in a post-war, matt olive-drab; no original paint existed. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in WW2 olive-drab with a textured outer surface. A new set of para type OD3 chinstraps have been sewn to the bales. The liner is an original, high pressure type manufactured by Mine Safety Appliance (MSA) with the MSA logo in the crown and the number 22. It retained its original Korean era green webbing and hardware. The outer surface retained its original olive-drab paint but in poor condition; it stripped back really well to its unpainted surface so that it is how I left it. This liner has been completely refitted out to a WW2 liner with new triple-weave khaki webbing and hardware with neck strap; new sweatband, A straps, brown leather chin-cup and brown leather chinstrap. The front eyelet has also been fitted per WW2 liners. This helmet shows the D-Day markings for the 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment with a horizontal NCO bar at the rear. $450 AUD
US FS M1C #50 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless-steel band and swivel bails. The heat stamp appears to be 51A. The shell retains most of its wartime paint; about 90% inside and 80% outside with the texture still evident. There is a 40mm stress crack just behind the left swivel bale. The original finish has been retained. A new set of para-type OD3 chinstraps have been stitched onto the bales. The liner is an original WW2, high pressure type manufactured by CAPAC, the Capac logo and the number 81 are at the inner crown. When acquired, the exterior was covered in two-tone green gunky paint while the inside was also affected by paint; it has been stripped and repainted in olive-drab. Most of the original webbing was there but in poor condition. This liner has been totally refitted as a para liner with new triple-weave webbing, hardware, A straps, leather chin-cup and leather chinstrap. An olive-drab cam net has been fitted. Very cool helmet with the classic shiny stainless-steel band evident. $450 AUD
US FS M1C #51 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless-steel band and swivel bails. The heat stamp is 839D. The shell retained a lot of its wartime paint inside with a rust patch across the back; the outside had a post-war repaint. The shell itself is in first class condition. The shell was stripped, primed and repainted in dark olive-drab with a textured outer surface. A new set of para-type OD3 chinstraps have been stitched onto the bales. The liner is an original, high pressure type manufactured by Westinghouse; with W and D1 inside the dome. The shell had most of it’s original olive-drab paint outside and the remnants of its khaki webbing inside; neither could be retained. The outer surface stripped back to its bare surface so well that it remains so. The liner has been completely refurbished with triple-weave khaki webbing and hardware with neck-strap; new A straps; new brown leather chin-cup and chinstrap. Para chinstrap snaps are also fitted. This superbly refurbished McCord shell is coupled with an equally snappy looking Westinghouse liner. Both are WW2 originals faithfully brought back to life. The 82nd Airborne Division’s patch stencilled on each side of the shell along with a D-Day net make this helmet the perfect display in your collection. $450.00
US FS M1C #52 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless-steel band and swivel bails. The heat stamp was not visible, only the faint outline of a 1 or 7 was evident. When acquired the shell had a gunky gloss green topcoat; when stripping the shell it appeared to have a coat of paint for each year of its existence. The shell itself had the usual few dings around the crown due to hard usage. The shell was stripped, primed and repainted in dark olive-drab with a textured outer surface. A new set of para-type OD3 chinstraps have been stitched onto the bales. The liner is an original WW2, high pressure type manufactured by Firestone. The Firestone logo and the number 34 are at the inner crown. When acquired the exterior was covered in white paint. The original triple-weave khaki webbing was almost intact, not quite though and it could not be retained. The outer surface was stripped back to its unpainted surface and this has been retained. This liner has been fully refitted as a para liner with new triple-weave khaki webbing, hardware and neck strap; new A straps; new brown leather chin-cup and brown leather chinstrap and; para chinstrap snaps have been fitted. This superbly refurbished McCord shell is coupled with an equally snappy looking Firestone liner. Both are WW2 originals faithfully brought back to life. The 101st Airborne Division’s patch stencilled on each side of the shell along with a D-Day net make this helmet the perfect display in your collection. $450 AUD