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? $620 AUD
US FS #37
US FS #37 - The shell is an original WWII McCord with a front seam, stainless steel band with swivel bails. The heat stamp is 815B and is located inside the front of the shell. The original paint is 98% inside and out along with the outer textured finish. There is even quite a bit of paint still on the stainless steel band. The shell’s original olive drab 3 chinstrap with steel hardware, is still present. The liner is an original, WWII, high pressure Westinghouse brand. It has the Westinghouse logo inside the crown along with the number 12. The outside surface still retains 100% of its original dark olive drab paint in only a slight weathered condition. The original WW2 OD3 webbing is of single weave and in slightly soiled condition. No maker marks are evident. The neck strap is of single weave and unmarked (I have had to repair one end of the neck strap webbing). The leather chinstrap is an original, no marks evident. The hardware is black painted steel. The sweatband is triple weave, no maker marks evident. The USMC cover is definitely an original and is of Korean War vintage and has the buttonhole type foliage slits. This piece is slightly worn and weathered. It only has minor assorted holes and rust marks and is fairly clean. The slits made to accommodate the chinstrap are torn and enlarged. The EGA stencils 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 faint 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. The helmet shell and liner are an original. $620 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 Sch #40
US FS Sch #40 - The shell is an original WWII Schleuter with a front seam, stainless steel band and swivel bails. The heat stamp reads as 232A with the Schleuter S underneath. Numerically, one in twenty M1 shells were Schleuters. The shell appears to have its WWII factory paint inside and out. The outer textured surface shows its age and rates at about 75% with the stainless steel band being mostly visible. An original OD7 chinstrap set was present and has been retained. It is damaged on the long side where a repair has been made to preserve it. The liner is an original, WW2, high pressure type with the Firestone symbol and the number 48. The suspension is khaki triple weave with steel A washers. The webbing is marked V for the Vogt Manufacturing Corporation and VF for Vogt/Firestone. The neck strap band is brittle at the centre A washer and I have stabilized it with some epoxy resin. The outer factory olive-drab paint is 99% with only a couple of scuffs and looks great. There is a name tag at the front inner for JAMES TURNER x 3. James was the issued owner at some stage in this liner’s history. The sweatband and leather chin-strap are nice replacements. The USMC cover is definitely an original and is of Korean War vintage. This piece is quite worn and weathered. It shows wear where it seats on the rim of the helmet and one of the chinstrap slits has a tear about 60mm long. There are a couple of other holes on the opposite side around the helmet rim area. The EGA marks are visible on both sides but appear to be stamped on what would be the rear side if the cover is installed correctly (I have found this increasingly evident on Korean vintage covers). 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. The number 110 has been written on the beach side in black marker. The number 21 has been stenciled on one of the fingers on the beach side in black. A nice USMC set. $595 AUD
US FB FS #8
US FB FS #8 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and fixed bails. The heat stamp reads as 658B. Most of the original paint and texture remains on the outside, probably 85%, though it is dis-coloured; some knob painted four stars and MAG on the front and I have tried to remove as much possible without damaging the original finish. The inside of the helmet rates at a bout 70% of its original finish. There is still some original paint on the stainless-steel band. The shell has no dints or stress cracks. Overall a very nice, early WW2 M1 shell. There was a set of original wartime OD3 chinstraps, with brass hardware, stitched on the shell and these have been retained. The liner is an original, WW2 high pressure type manufactured by Firestone with the Firestone logo in the crown and the number A22. The outer surface still retains 90% of its original olive-drab factory paint in fair to good condition. The original single weave webbing is slightly soiled, especially in the crown, but is in good condition. The name M.BRITTON and 510 is visible near the rim. The shell is in good condition overall except for an 80mm crack at the front. This has been stabilized with epoxy resin. The nape strap, sweat band and leather chinstrap are replacements. The USMC camouflage cover is an original, WW2 example without foliage slits. This cover is amazingly in absolute mint condition, as if straight out of the box. The only damage is the two slits made in the sides to accommodate the fixed chin-strap bails on the helmet shell and these slits were already made in the cover when I acquired it. There are no stains or marks on the cover. Covers like this one, are as scarce as the proverbial. $950 AUD
US FB FS #9
US FB FS #9 - The shell is an orignal WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and fixed bales. The heat stamp reads as 104A. The factory olive-drab remains inside and out with the textured outer surface worn smooth over time. An OD7 chinstrap with brass hardware is still bar-stitched to the shell. There is only one 10mm stress crack behind the right chinstrap bale. The liner is an original, high pressure type made by Firestone. The Firestone logo and the number 26 can be found inside the dome. The inside surface was in a grubby condition and has been wiped out while the outer surface has still retains the olive-drab paint it had when I received it. This paint is scuffed and worn but I thought I would leave it as is. The edge has four cracks which I have stabilized with Araldite. The webbing, neck strap and sweatband are all original. They are in a well worn conditions but stable enough to last. The webbing is of single weave and no maker marks are evident. On the right side is the name STANLEY ESMUND and the service number RA11220769. The leather chinstrap is a replacement. The USMC cover is also an original and is of Korean War vintage. This piece is in fair to good condition. It has a wear line where it would sit over the helmet edge and the slits made for the chinstrap are torn out a bit. I have sewn up the chinstrap slits and recut them as the existing ones were incorrectly placed. Other than that it is in nice shape. The EGA marks are faint but visible on the green and brown sides. 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. On the brown side near the EGA, there is faint mark that reads J8 in 20mm letters. $620 AUD