US Helmets and Liners (3)

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 had to be stripped and was in such nice condition once the paint was removed, that is how I left it. The original khaki webbing and hardware is in a soiled but 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 the 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. A replica 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. 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. The shell chinstrap is an Olive Drab 3 replacement stitched per originals onto the bails. A replica olive-drab net has been fitted. This is a standard Infantry helmet @ $355 AUD