US Helmets and Liners

US FS #10 - The shell is an original WWII McCord, front seam, swivel bale with a stainless steel banded edge. The shell is in good condition with a 30mm stress crack at the left rear near the edge. The heat stamp is 895G. The liner is an original WWII Firestone high pressure liner and has been repainted. The liner shell is mostly in good condition except for a small portion of the rim, which is missing, and which would be located near the right swivel bale. The inner original khaki webbing is present in fair condition as is the drawstring. The original nape strap attachment webbing has been retained. The sweatband has been replaced by a quality unit. The nape strap was not present and has been replaced. The leather liner chinstrap is a replacement also. The chinstrap for the shell is a high quality tan web type replacement. The highlight of this helmet is the original US produced, small mesh, OD net with sewn on elasticized band. This is a mint, unissued example. These nets are out there but hard to pick up, especially in unissued condition. The shell is painted in dark olive drab with a cork textured finish. This helmet represents a standard GI issue with a rare net in excellent condition. $395 AUD

US FS FB #2

US FS FB #2 - The shell is an original McCord, front seam, fixed bale with stainless steel band and most likely of 1942 make. It is good condition with a few dints around the crown and a 30+mm stress crack at the centre rear extending from the rim. The heat stamp is 754B. It was painted in a non-wartime green with evidence of the original texture on the outside. When the green paint was stripped, the underlying paint was of a medium blue. Perhaps this shell was a US Navy helmet at some time. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed then painted in olive-drab with a cork textured outer surface. The liner is a very rare original WWII St Clair low pressure liner. Most of the original outer paint is present with some age and scuffing. The sweatband, nape strap and leather chin strap were not present and have been replaced. The liner has a 90mm crack on the left side but other than this the shell and webbing are in good condition. The crack has been stabilized with some Araldite. The liner has a yellow SC in the crown. St Clairs are brittle and do not like rough handling. I fear that even the pressure of putting a net between the shell and liner could damage it. New sweatband, new neck strap, original leather chinstrap with brass hardware. New OD3 shell chinstrap set. S650 AUD

US FS M1 #74 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless-steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 988B. When acquired, the shell was painted in a post-war semi-gloss green; perhaps the texture beneath was original. The inside paint was likely to be factory original though was in poor condition. The was a decent ding at the top right-front; this has been tapped out; the shell is clean and without rust. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer surface. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2 high pressure type manufactured by Westinghouse. The Westinghouse logo and mold number D35 can be found inside the crown. When acquired, the liner was painted white with a nice gold badge for the ‘American Legion’. The liner retains original single-weave OD3 webbing (by SCHOLL), A washers and hardware. There is a 25mm crack at the front and another 70mm crack on the left; both have been stabilized with epoxy resin. The liner has new sweatband, new neck strap and new leather chinstrap. The outer surface was stripped bare, primed and painted olive-drab. The helmet has the tactical flashes for the US 3rd Infantry Division on each side and an olive-drab cam net has been fitted. $390 AUD

US FS FB #16 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and fixed bales. The heat stamp reads as 59C (quite early). When acquired the shell had no original paint and was covered in surface rust. Four holes had been made in the shell by someone over time (idiot); holes located half way up the shell at front, rear, left and right; these have been welded up. One stress crack left front; stabilized with weld. One of the fixed bales was bent right over; when trying to straighten same I broke it off; a swivel bale has been welded in place. Some small dings to crown; mostly tapped out. The original chinstrap was still sewn to the bales but was rotten. This shell was stripped to bare metal, repaired, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original Korean era high pressure type manufactured by Westinghouse. It is dated 1956. The Westinghouse logo and mold number 24 can be found inside the crown. This liner was never completed at the factory; it never had webbing fitted; it did not even have rivet holes for webbing. When acquired, the liner was painted white with a tin badge for ‘Veterans of Foreign Wars – United States’. It had a homemade liner arrangement fixed to four holes in the liner shell. The liner has been completely fitted out as a WW2 type with new OD3 webbing, new A washers and rivets, new sweatband, new neck strap, new leather chinstrap, new para type A straps and new para leather chin-cup. Female snaps to accommodate the para helmet web chinstrap have also been fitted. The outer surface was stripped bare and painted olive-drab. The helmet represents a WW2 example of a Divisional MP for the 82nd Airborne Division with yellow band, 82nd Airborne patches and white MP stencil. This helmet depiction has been copied from an original helmet. This old girl scrubbed up well. $395 AUD

US FS FB #17 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and fixed bales. The heat stamp reads as 346B. When acquired the shell had all of its original paint and texture except some tosser wrote on the exterior in blue and red paint. Apart from this the shell is in excellent condition. The inner surface is untouched. The outer surface has been stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in a textured olive-drab. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2 high pressure type manufactured by Westinghouse. The Westinghouse logo and mould number 22 can be found inside the crown. When acquired, the liner was painted in thick white paint. The liner retained original triple-weave OD3 webbing which was damaged in places and was in fragile condition. There were two extra holes at the rear and three at the front; these have been filled. This liner shell has been fitted with new A washers and hardware, new triple-weave OD3 webbing, new sweatband, new neck strap and new leather chinstrap. The outer surface was stripped bare and painted olive-drab. The helmet has the tactical flash for the 442nd Infantry Regiment. This regiment of the United States Army is best known as the most decorated in U.S. military history and as a fighting unit composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry. An olive-drab cam net has also been fitted. $440 AUD

US FS M1 #75 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, black-steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 1016B. When acquired, the shell was painted in a repaint semi-gloss olive-drab with much of the original texture beneath the external repaint. There is a transverse crease in the crown otherwise the shell is in excellent condition without rust. The shell has been left in the condition I received it. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2 high pressure type manufactured by Firestone/Inland; Inland ceased production of liners during the war and its molds were used by other companies; in this case Firestone. The Firestone logo and mold number B2 can be found inside the crown along with evidence of the Inland logo. When acquired, the liner was painted white with a tin badge for ‘Veterans of Foreign Wars – United States’. The liner retains original triple-weave OD3 webbing (by PKW – Peter K. Weil Co), A washers and hardware. New sweatband, new neck strap and new leather chinstrap fitted. The outer surface was stripped bare and painted olive-drab. The helmet has an olive-drab cam net fitted. $365 AUD

US FS M1 #76 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless-steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 785B. When acquired, the shell was painted in a chalky olive-drab repaint externally and red-oxide inside. There were a couple of dings in the crown which I have tapped out. The shell is in good condition without rust. The shell has been stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2 high pressure type manufactured by Firestone. The Firestone logo and mold number 63 and 108 can be found inside the crown. When acquired, the liner had been stripped bare on the outside and natural finish on the inside. There was no webbing present; a 50mm crack at the right front has been stabilized with epoxy resin. This liner shell has been fully refitted with new A washers and hardware, new triple-weave OD3 webbing, new sweatband, new neck strap and new leather chinstrap. The outer surface was primed and painted olive-drab. The helmet has had a khaki camouflage pattern applied over the standard olive-drab paint; the type applied by an individual soldier. An olive-drab cam net has been fitted as well. $455 AUD

US FS M1 #77 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless-steel band and swivel bales. The heat stamp is 859A. When acquired, the shell was painted in a camo pattern externally with some original texture; the inside retained its factory paint; this paint has been retained. I patch painted the inner front where a previous owner had removed the paint presumably to better see the heat stamp. There is no rust or damage. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2 high pressure type manufactured by Mine Safety Appliance (MSA). The MSA logo and mold number 17 are at the inner crown. When acquired, the outer surface had been repainted in a camo pattern; this has been retained. The liner is in great condition; undamaged. It retains its original hardware and A washers, original single-weave OD3 webbing, original sweatband, original neck strap and an original unissued leather chinstrap. The helmet has had an olive-drab cam net fitted. $365 AUD

US FS FB #18 - The shell is an original WWII McCord Radiator with a front seam, stainless steel band and fixed bales. The heat stamp is very faint and appears to be 55B. When acquired the shell had the remnants of its original paint and texture inside and out; the finish was in poor condition. I have tapped out a couple of minor dings in the crown. The shell was stripped to bare metal, then primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fitted. The liner is an original WW2 high pressure type manufactured by Firestone on an Inland mold. The Firestone logo and mold number 51 at the inner crown. The Firestone logo superimposes the Inland logo which is just visible. Inland ceased making liners during the war and its molds were used by other companies, in this case Firestone. When acquired, the liner was stripped bare on the outside and natural finish on the inside. There were no webbing or rivets present. This liner has 6 cracks around its perimeter and three rivet holes are cracked; all have been stabilized with epoxy resin. This liner shell has been fully refitted with new A washers and rivets, new triple-weave OD3 webbing, new sweatband, new neck strap and new leather chinstrap. The outer surface was primed and painted olive-drab. The helmet has the D-Day tactical markings for a Captain in the 2nd Ranger Battalion. A dark brown cam net has been fitted. $455 AUD