USMC Helmets and Liners

US FB FS #4
US FB FS #4 - The shell is an original WWII McCord with a front seam, stainless steel band with fixed bails. The heat stamp is 268A and is located inside the front of the shell. The original paint is 98% inside and out along with the outer textured finish. As would be expected much of the paint is gone on the stainless steel band. There is a slight crease (dint) on the right rear of the crown. There are four stress cracks along the rear lower edge of the shell. The liner is an original, WWII, high pressure Firestone brand. It has the Firestone logo inside the crown along with F7. The outside appears never to have been painted. The original WW2 OD3 webbing is of triple weave and is marked VF for Vogt Manufacturing Company and Firestone Liner. The neck strap is marked is of single weave and marked B.S. Co for the Bates Shoe Co. The leather chinstrap is a salvaged original. The hardware is black painted brass. There is a 35mm crack at the left rear which has been stabilized with epoxy resin from the inside. The sweatband is a well worn original named HALL. The shell chinstrap is an Olive Drab 3 replacement stitched per originals onto the bails. The USMC cover is definitely an original and is of Korean War vintage. This piece is only a little worn and weathered. It only has minor damage around where it seats on the rim of the helmet and a few small scars. There are a few rust marks on the brown side. The EGA marks are clearly visible on both sides but appear to be stamped on what would be the rear side if the cover is installed correctly. There is a maker’s stamp on one of the tongues on the inside which reads as – COVER HELMET CAMOUFLAGE – BLUE ANCHOR OVERALL CO INC – TAP 1424 29 APRIL 1953. Someone has clearly tried to burn out the maker stamp - idiot. Probably in the hope of faking it as a WWII cover and not Korean. Why else? $690 AUD
US FS #38
US FS #38 - The shell is an original WWII McCord with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bails. The heat stamp is there but hard to read. The shell appears to have its WWII factory paint on the inside and perhaps a Korean repaint on the outer. Korean vintage paint is indicated by the fine grit texture instead of the WW11 cork texture. An original OD7 chinstrap set was present and has been retained. The buckle is stamped with a small anchor. The liner is an original, high pressure type double marked as CAPAC and Westinghouse. The Westinghouse symbol can be found surmounting the number 13 D. Below this again is the CAPAC cross with the numbers 5 and 1 on either side. It is a Korean War era liner and the combination of makers was a merger of manufacturers 1951 – 53. The outer surface of the liner retains its original olive drab with a light texture. This paint is stained and weathered. The original webbing suspension is OD7 (green) and is of single weave. I had to replace one of the web suspension mounting rivets which was missing. The neck strap is an original but not to this liner while the sweatband came with the helmet and by the OD3 colour is of WW2 vintage; it is maker marked though it is difficult to read. The leather chinstrap is of WW2 vintage, it is a perfect gem in ‘unissued original’. It is marked with a small anchor under the lever and is ink marked 5 on the rough side. The USMC cover is definitely an original and is of Korean War vintage. As usual this cover was sourced from the US. This piece is a little worn, weathered and discoloured. The slits where the helmet chinstraps pass through are a little torn out but this is not evident when the cover is on the helmet. The EGA mark is visible on the ‘beach’ side but is faded out on the ‘jungle’ side. There is a maker’s stamp on one of the tongues on the ‘beach’ side – COVER HELMET CAMOUFLAGE – BLUE ANCHOR OVERALL CO INC – TAP 1424 29 APRIL 1953. Overall the cover is in good solid condition. AUD $550
US FS #53
US FS #53 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp reads as 344B. There is original paint and texture on the outside however the inner surface had to be stripped, primed and repainted due to some rust. There are half a dozen stress cracks across the back; not uncommon. 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 number A44 are at the inner crown. When acquired the exterior was covered in thick white paint which extended under the front brim of the shell. The original single-weave khaki webbing and hardware was present and has been retained. The outer surface was stripped to the bare surface which had been scratched by sandpaper; it was repainted in olive-drab. The sweat band, brown leather chinstrap and neck strap are replacements. The USMC cover is a 100% original from the Korean War era. This piece is in good condition. It has slits cut for the chinstraps to fit through. The EGA marks are on the green and brown sides. The maker’s stamp is on the beach side – COVER HELMET CAMOUFLAGE – BLUE ANCHOR OVERALL CO INC – TAP 1424 29 APRIL 1953. $690 AUD
US FS #55
US FS #55 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp reads as 196A. The shell has its original paint and texture outside however the inside was stripped, primed and painted in olive-drab due to poor paint and rust stain. This shell is in good condition with only a few minor dings and a 60mm vertical stress crack at the left-front. 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 6 can be found at the inner crown. Most of the exterior olive-drab exists with the show of age of course. The original single-weave khaki webbing is a little soiled and the A washers are the green painted type. The webbing is marked 61 by someone at some time. The sweat band, brown leather chinstrap and neck strap are new. Though showing its age some, this remains a great liner not to mention a hard to come by IMP. The USMC cover is an original of post-war vintage but also prior to 1953. There is no Blue Anchor Overall Stamp on the Beach Side flaps. There is 45 stencilled on one of the Beach Side Flaps and feint EGA stamps on both sides typical of the Korean War. The cover is a bit grubby but entirely intact. The chinstrap slots are a bit frayed out and the cover has worn through in a couple of patches along where the helmet rim has sat over time and use. Original USMC covers grow more expensive all the time. $690 AUD
US FS #59
US FS #59 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 102B. The shell retains 95% of its original paint both inside and out including the external texture. The shell is in very good condition with only a few minor dings around the crown. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2, high pressure type manufactured by Westinghouse. The Westinghouse logo and D34 can be found at the inner crown. When acquired the liner was painted black; there was a layer of white paint beneath that and olive-drab beneath the white. The liner was stripped back to its bare finish and remains that way. Inside the liner, the original triple-weave khaki webbing is in good condition though a little soiled from use. The A washers and hardware are original also. One of the webbing strands is marked 44 1-68. The sweat band, brown leather chinstrap and neck strap are new. There is no damage present at all. The USMC cover is a 100% original of Korean war vintage. It is faintly stamped on the beach side - COVER HELMET CAMOUFLAGE – BLUE ANCHOR OVERALL CO INC – TAP 1424 29 APRIL 1953. The EGA stamps are clearly evident on both sides. This piece is worn but intact; one of the chinstrap slits has been torn out to a length of 160mm but 110mm has been repaired. There are rust marks on the beach in the crown and around the edge where the helmet rim sits. $690 AUD
US FS #60
US FS #60 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 871E. The shell retains 85% of its original outer paint and texture. The inside was painted silver; this was stripped to bare metal and repainted in olive drab to protect the cover. The shell is in very good condition with only a single ding in the centre of the crown. 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 hard to read digits 41 can be found at the inner crown. When acquired the liner was painted white with the CD, civil defence, symbol (red CD in a white triangle in a blue circle), POLICE WISCONSON on the front and CLARK COUNTY on the right side. I can just see this liner being worn by some cop with a truncheon beating up anti-Vietnam war protestors during the 1960s. The stories these helmets could tell. This liner was stripped back to the bare finish and remains this way. Inside the liner, the original triple-weave khaki webbing, mostly in good condition though the rear strap is a little fragile on one end. The A washers and hardware are original also. One of the webbing strands is factory marked V for the Vogt company. The sweat band, brown leather chinstrap and neck strap are new. The USMC cover is a 100% WW2 original. This cover shows wear and fading due to field use. It has numerous small holes throughout and one of the chinstrap slits has torn out to the edge. This cover has no foliage slits and also has the correct WW2 ‘dragon’ teeth type stitching on the beach (brown) side. The only draw back is that someone, somewhere at some time added EGA stencils to both sides. $899 AUD
US FS #61
US FS #61 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 785B. On the exterior, the shell retains most of its original olive-drab paint and texture; the interior is in fair condition but remains original without rust. The shell is undamaged and is not retouched in any way. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2, high pressure type manufactured by Firestone. It has the Firestone logo and F4 in the crown. When acquired it was painted silver externally and what was left of the khaki webbing and hardware was in poor condition. There is a 15mm crack at the right-rear which has been stabilized with epoxy resin. The liner shell was totally stripped; the outer surface was a bit scratchy so it was primed and repainted in olive-drab. 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. A factory new upgrade for this 70 year old - M1 liner. This cover is a 100% original Korean vintage example. It is in good condition with little damage. It has faint EGA stamps to both the beach and jungle sides. It is also faintly maker ink-stamped on the beach - COVER HELMET CAMOUFLAGE – BLUE ANCHOR OVERALL CO INC – TAP 1424 29 APRIL 1953. $690 AUD