USMC Helmets and Liners

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. A piece of original 2" mesh cam net has been fitted over the cover. 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