We have only seen a couple of others like this. Original chinstrap has been replaced with post war version with clips. Needless to say I was not the lucky one, but paid through the nose for it! The interior of the helmet appears to have been re-sprayed but overall a great M1. This strap is made of the same material as the suspension webbing and exists to support the back of the head just above the nape of the neck. The most immediate post-war developments were instituted prior to the Korean War. The M1 helmet has a unique design. Possible evidence of rank on the front at one time.
Both used ink stamps to identify their liner production. Additionally, there is a nape strap. Both low- and high- pressure liners were the first to feature the front eyelet. We endevour to be as accurate as possible, but all weights and costs are estimates and subject to change. It was not adjustable, requiring supply channels to stock up to thirteen sizes of headbands.
This made them more durable and is the reason the high- pressure liner superseded the low-pressure production method. Whereas changes to the M1 helmet dealt mostly with the exterior, e. I purchased 3 different helmets at this sale and all are listed. The nape strap remained virtually unchanged except it also was produced in number three shade olive drab. I wiped water on the heat stamp for the photo.
The M1 helmet is a U. The adjustable cotton web headband that replaced the rayon non-adjustable headband after the summer of 1942 reduced the number of sizes to three. Early Khaki colored straps in liner. The importance of the liner, however, rests with the adjustable suspension system, which allows the wearer to adjust the sizing of the helmet for a proper fit. One chin strap section has detached.
The brown painted eyelets used to secure the ends of the first pattern chinstrap were replaced on all clip in chin straps by green painted rivets. Low-pressure liners tended to have a drab interior in comparison to the smooth gloss finish of high-pressure liners and were not as rigid. They were fully lined with leather except in the rear, where, initially, a double wire ring adjustment was placed. Last photo is one corner of my office. Great for a Normandy display!! Today, the helmet has reached icon status, as its design has inspired helmets used by several foreign armed forces and they are now considered hard-to-find collectibles. It had an adjustment string in the center holding the suspension straps together. The liner was added by the person I purchased it from.
Hawley Products and General Fiber are exceptions. Unit designation painted on the interior of the helmet. Choice condition accept for one of the riveted liner straps with has popped off. This came out of an Estate Sale of a 96 year old collector. Small tear to sweat shield as seen, otherwise very nice. The headband clips have teeth and must be gently removed to prevent tearing of the suspension fabric. I cannot make it any clearer.
This interior chinstrap was often strapped across the brim of the outer shell in an effort to hold both components of the helmet together. The interiors had glossy or polished finishes in comparison to the low-pressure liner. Low-pressure liners were made exclusively by two companies: Saint Clair and Hood Rubber. Originally painted green, by 1944 they were finished black. In late 1942, a new suspension was developed. Many times more rare than Officer's crushers. Needs to be cleaned up a bit.
Depot repair tot he top as shown. It differed from the rayon model by the change of material to olive drab number three cotton webbing and the deletion of the snaps for the non-adjustable sweatband. The calendar shows all major holidays as well as interesting historical dates! This resulted in the low- and high pressure liners. The new chin strap was replaceable via two triangular clips at either end which attached to posts located inside the right and left sides of the liner. M1 helmet liner, while never intended for singular use, actually finds applications in the U.