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 #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 FB #8
US FS FB #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. I saw this USMC cover on ebay, it was on a Belgian Clone M1. When I received the cover, I checked it carefully against the six original covers I had at the time. The fabric weave was correct; the camouflage pattern was correct for the jungle and beach sides along with the correct separation between colours; however the stitching on the edge of the beach side was not the open-ended ‘shark teeth’. This cover really had me puzzled; it is so perfect except for the stitching. It is far superior to any replica that I have seen. At last I found another exactly like it on the market; I confirm it is a replica; it is alleged to have been produced for the “Pacific” series. $440 AUD
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. $680 AUD