This M1 front seam fixed bale helmet was made by McCord Radiator. The heating lot number puts the production of this helmet in early 1942. The helmet’s paint and cork finish is original to WWII.
The helmet has been restored to look like it might have seen service with the U.S. Marines in the early part of the Pacific Campaign. The helmet has been fit with the correct early-war chinstrap with cast brass hardware.
The helmet’s liner was made by Westinghouse. It has been rebuilt to an early-1942 configuration. The paint on the outside is the original WWII factory paint. There is also a name stenciled to the front which dates to the era. The liner has, early war Riddell Johnson and Johnson marked rayon webbing, phosphate coated steel A-washers, size 7 1/2 non-adjustable sweatband, and an early-war chinstrap with a green coated flat flip cam buckle.
The reversible Marine helmet cover is a museum quality replica. This is the version with the foliage slits. It has been fit onto the helmet with the jungle side showing, which is what was usually seen at Cape Gloucester and Bougainville. Both sides of the cover can be aged, and if the buyer desired the desert side to be shown it can be reversed on request.
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.