US Helmets and Liners (2)

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 #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