US Helmets and Liners (2)

US FS #33 - The shell is an original WWII McCord with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bails. It had just a small dint at the crown, which has been repaired, and some minor rust around the rim on the inside. It was painted a gloss green inside and out. Underneath the gloss green was a thick coat of grey and under that the original factory O/D. Maybe this shell saw Navy service. When the paint was stripped numerous stress cracks appeared. I count eighteen around the perimeter of the shell. These are not visible after the paint job. The heat stamp is higher in the shell than usual and reads as 336A. The shell has been repainted in dark olive-drab which is textured on the outside. The liner is an original, WW2, high pressure type made by Mine Safety Appliances (MSA). The MSA symbol is in the crown along with the number 8. The liner shell is in fairly good condition having two distinct cracks and three smaller ones; these have been stabilized with epoxy resin. The outside had 50% of its original paint of olive/drab. This paint was in a poor condition. The shell was stripped and was in such nice condition once the paint was removed, that is how I left it. MSA liners have such a rich amber colour. The original khaki webbing is a bit soiled but in good condition. It is of single weave and I can’t see any maker marks. The original nape strap appears original to the liner and is marked to W199QM25947, SIZE 8, S.M.C. (Scholl Mfg. Co.). The hardware is of an early type zinc coated brass with brass rivets. The sweatband and leather chinstrap are replacements. The shell chinstrap is an Olive Drab 3 replacement stitched per originals onto the bails. An olive-drab net has been fitted. $355 AUD
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 #62 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 890A. The outer retains most of its original olive-drab paint and texture; the interior also retains nearly all of its original paint and is in good condition. The shell is undamaged and is not retouched in any way. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original of WW2 high pressure type manufactured by Westinghouse. The Westinghouse logo and the mould number D28 can be found in the crown. When acquired, the liner was painted in a post war gloss green with the insignia of the California National Guard (Black Bear in a hexagonal emblem) and the other patch I was unable to identify (palm tree, rook and fler di lis in a heraldic shield). The webbing was in fragile condition. 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. This M1 is a stock standard GI combat helmet with an original WW2 ‘shrimp net’ fitted. The shell and net are fully original; the liner shell is original and fully refitted. $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