US Helmets and Liners (2)

US FS #34 - The shell is an original WWII McCord with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bails. It had a badly dinted crown which has been repaired but no stress cracks. It was painted a dark gloss green in and out with a sand/grit texture on the outside (could have seen Korean service). The heat stamp is 987G. The shell has been repainted in a dark olive-drab which is textured on the outside. A new OD3 chinstrap set is fitted. The liner is an original, WW2, high pressure type made by Firestone. The Firestone symbol is in the crown along with the number 31. The liner shell is in fairly good condition having two distinct cracks; one at the front centre about 25mm long and the other in the left rear about 60mm long. Both have been stabilized with epoxy resin. The outside has been left as found with most of the original olive drab paint intact and in fair condition. The name ‘Imperio’ can be seen, off centre, at the front and the number 365 can be seen faintly on the sides. There is a horizontal piece of tape at the rear for an ‘NCO’ bar; beneath this can be seen evidence of an officer bar. The original khaki webbing is in a soiled but good condition. It is of triple weave and I can’t see any maker marks. The nape strap, sweat band and leather chin strap are quality replacements. The hardware is of the black oxidized brass type showing some signs of corrosion. An olive-drab cam net is fitted. $355 AUD
US FS #67 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless-steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 881F. When acquired, the shell was painted in semi-gloss olive drab outside; olive-drab inside with black splotches and some patches where the paint was missing. There were a few dings around the crown which I have mostly tapped out but are still evident; there is one stress crack at the left-rear. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted 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 D20 can be found in the crown. When acquired, the liner was painted grey with the original olive-drab paint beneath. This liner stripped back very nicely; it has been primed then painted in olive-drab. The original OD3 triple-weave webbing was mostly gone; bits of it remained under the corroded A washers. There is a 20mm crack left-front which has been stabilized with epoxy resin; there are numerous minor chips around the edge of liner as well. 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 had Sergeant stripes painted in yellow on black at the front; perhaps it could be “SGT Rock’s helmet”. An olive-drab cam net has also been fitted. $355 AUD
US FS #69 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless-steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 1022I, the second 2 is very faintly stamped. When acquired, the shell was painted green outside with evidence on earlier paint and texture underneath, there was evidence of the original paint inside which was in poor condition. There were a couple of dings in the crown which I tapped out but but are still evident. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted olive-drab with a textured outer. A new OD3 para type chinstrap set has been fitted making this helmet an M1C. The liner is an original WW2 high pressure type manufactured by Firestone/Inland; Inland stopped making liners and other companies used the molds; in this case Firestone. The Firestone logo and mold number 31 can be found inside the crown along with evidence of the Inland logo. When acquired, the liner was painted white with a tin badge for ‘Veterans of Foreign Wars – United States’. The liner retains triple-weave OD3 webbing (by PKW – Paul K. Weil Co), A washers and hardware. The neck strap webbing is marked S for Scholl. The outer surface was stripped bare and painted olive-drab. The liner has been fitted out as a para with new A straps, leather chin-cup and female chinstrap snaps. A new neck strap, sweatband and leather chinstrap have also been fitted. The helmet has the D-Day tactical markings for the 1st Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment hand painted on each side. A dark olive-drab cam net has also been fitted. $420 AUD
US FS #70 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless-steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 10 0B (a space between the two zeros). When acquired, the shell was painted in a Matt over-paint (non-original) outside with the original texture visible beneath; this looked okay except for where it was flaking around a dint in the crown. The inside paint was not original. The dint in the crown was tapped out and is still evident; no filler was used. There are two insignificant stress cracks at the right-front and one at the left-front. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted olive-drab with a textured outer. A new OD3 para type chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2 high pressure type manufactured by Firestone/Inland; Inland stopped making liners and other companies used the molds; in this case Firestone. The Firestone logo and mold number 44 can be found inside the crown along with evidence of the Inland logo. When acquired, the liner was painted textured silver with a decal for ‘Chevrolet Turret Top – Greatest Amateur Racing Event In The World – Soapbox Derby - Contestant’. The liner retains original single-weave OD3 webbing (by PKW – Paul K. Weil Co), A washers and hardware. The outer surface was stripped bare and painted olive-drab. This liner was converted to a para type. It has a new sweatband, new neck strap, new A straps, new female snaps for the shell para chinstrap, new leather para chin-cup, new liner leather chinstrap. The helmet has the D-Day tactical markings for a NCO in the 3rd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR). A dark olive-drab net has been fitted. $420 AUD
US FS #71 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless-steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 1110E. When acquired, the shell had original paint and texture of probably Korean vintage. The paint and texture was in great condition as was the shell. I decided to simply clean the existing paint surface, prime over it, then overpaint in WW2 type olive-drab. The original textured surface looks great. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2, high pressure type manufactured by Firestone. The Firestone logo and the mold number F2 can be found inside the crown. When acquired, the liner was painted in a hand brushed, textured olive-drab; not original of course. The liner retained its original OD3 triple-weave webbing and a sweatband. All were damaged and in a rotten condition. The liner has been totally refurbished with new OD3 triple-weave webbing; new green A washers; new rivets; new sweatband; new adjustable neck strap and new leather chinstrap. The outer surface was stripped bare, primed and painted in olive-drab. The helmet has been fitted with an original WW2, British made, small mesh olive-drab net. $390 AUD