This M1 front seam swivel bale helmet was made by McCord Radiator. The heating lot number puts the production of this helmet in mid 1944.
The helmet has been restored to look like it might have seen service with the U.S. Marines in the later part of the Pacific Campaign. The helmet was totally stripped of post-war paint then repainted the correct shade of olive drab. As all originals were, the paint has been textured with granulated American cork. The helmet was then fit with the correct mid-war chinstrap with brass hardware.
The helmet’s liner was made by International Molded Plastics (IMP). It has been rebuild with new webbing, uncoated steel A-washers, 2nd pattern sweatband, and a mid-war chinstrap with a green coated cam buckle.
The reversible Marine helmet cover is a museum quality replica. It has been fit onto the helmet with the desert side showing, which is what was usually seen at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The cover was secured to the helmet with a rubber band cut from a vintage inner tube, as was sometimes done by Marines to add foliage or just break up the outline of the helmet.
The helmet has been aged to look and have the feel of a battle hardened original. If you have ever wanted a Marine helmet, but lack the 2K these helmets can fetch, this is a great example at for your collection at a fraction of the cost of an original.