This is an original M1 front seam fixed bale helmet. The shell has a 200 series McCord lot number which puts the production in early 1942. The inside of the helmet still has the original factory paint and has been left as it was found. The outside was stripped of post-war paint and repainted the correct shade cork textured olive drab. The helmet has been fit with an early pattern MSA marked liner. The liner has been rebuilt with rayon suspension, steel A-washers, early pattern chinstrap w/flat flip cam buckle, and a size 7 1/2 (58 cm) non-adjustable sweat band.
The helmet has been restored to look like it might have been worn by a Marine during one of the many island campaigns in the Pacific. The helmet has been fit with a Marine patter cover, the version without foliage slits. The cover has been distressed to look and feel original, and has a very faded, and sun damage appears on both the jungle and desert side. A rubber foliage band has been placed around the base of the helmet, cut from an vintage inner tube. A number of photos show this was a practice of Marines during both Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
This is a great helmet for anyone PTO aficionado.