US Helmets and Liners (2)

US FS #31 - The shell is an original WWII McCord with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bails. It had a large dint in the crown which has been repaired. There was no original paint on the shell when acquired, it was painted a flat green on the outside and a thick gloss green on the inside. There are no stress cracks and the heat stamp is 768A. The shell has been repainted in a dark olive-drab which is textured on the outside. The liner is an original, high pressure type made by Westinghouse. The Westinghouse logo is inside the dome with a number 37. The inside surface was in nice condition while the outer surface was painted at some time in a tan/olive-drab camo. The shell is in solid condition but had some small holes here and there which I have repaired. The original wartime khaki webbing is of single weave and there are no maker marks evident. The neck strap is an original and the only word I can make out is ‘large’. The hard ware is blackened brass. The original sweat band that came with the liner is of post-war vintage and the leather chinstrap is a replacement. The exterior of the liner has been painted dark olive-drab. There is a piece of tape on the inner right side with the name ‘Fiscus’. The shell chinstrap is a Olive Drab 3 replacement stitched per originals onto the bails. The helmet bears the markings for the 6th United States Navy Beach Battalion. @ $355 AUD
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 #56 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp reads as 881A and is offset to the right. The shell had numerous layers of paint externally and what could have been some of its original paint on the inside. This shell is in good condition overall with only a couple of minor stress cracks and small dings. This shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab 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 letter S can be found at the inner crown. When acquired the liner was painted in a gloss dark blue with decals for the California Cadet Corps (blue shield with bear, torch and sword) on each side. On the front was OCS for Officer Candidate School. Inside the liner, the original triple-weave khaki webbing and the blackened brass A washers are in as new condition. The webbing is maker marked L-C (Lapeer Fabricators Inc. Michigan). The sweat band, brown leather chinstrap and neck strap are new. The liner shell was stripped to its bare finish and looks magnificent. Stencils for the 8th US Armoured Division have been painted on both sides of the helmet and an olive-drab cam net has been fitted. $365 AUD
US FS #58 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 807B. When acquired the shell was painted in dark-blue on the outer with olive-drab on the inside. The shell is in very good condition with just one stress crack at the left rear. The inner olive-drab has been retained while the outer has been stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured surface. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2, high pressure type manufactured by International Molded Plastics (IMP). The IMP logo, the little man in the oval, and the number 2 can be found at the inner crown. When acquired the liner was painted black with markings in the paint for an MP helmet at some time. When stripped, there was evidence of grey primer coat and the original olive-drab coat. This liner cleaned back well and was primed then painted in olive-drab. Inside the liner, the original single-weave khaki webbing is in good condition. The A washers and hardware are blackened brass. The sweat band, brown leather chinstrap and neck strap are new. Both the shell and liner have been restored to depict a MP of the Military Police Platoon, 82nd Airborne Division. This impression has been copied exactly from an existing original helmet. $365 AUD