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Repro USMC Helmet on eBay

Started by Catfishcraig , Nov 09 2017 01:41 PM

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#1 Catfishcraig

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 01:41 PM

Hate to see this and I have no idea if the seller knows but here is a reproduction USMC Helmet being sold on eBay (item num 182851819877) as an original named Helmet. I emailed the seller asking for better pics of the stitching and what I got back clearly has closed loop stitching on the beach side. I responded to the seller and hope he pulls it, but just in case I dont want anyone on the forum to buy it without seeing the additional picture.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 01:42 PM

Additional pic of stitching

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 03:48 PM

Is there a chance it is a 1953 Blue Anchor Korean War era cover?....colors look pretty good in that last photo....mike

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 04:02 PM

Is there a chance it is a 1953 Blue Anchor Korean War era cover?....colors look pretty good in that last photo....mike


I agree colors do look good and there is a chance it could be a Blue Anchor Cover. But its being sold as a named WWII helmet

Lynch, Maurice J. Second Lieutenant KIA June 15, 1944 Killed at Saipan

Story does not match to what it is. Could be IDd to the wrong Veteran.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 04:04 PM

Yes i agree, definitely not ww2 whatever the case...mike

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 04:15 PM

That is the correct MCSN for 2LT Maurice J. Lynch.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 04:20 PM

https://m.ebay.com/i...5gAAOSwjodZ7m9G

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 04:23 PM

Pick of marking on cover

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 05:35 PM

That is the correct MCSN for 2LT Maurice J. Lynch.


So either WWII Manufacture anomaly or added later??

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 06:34 PM

Looks like the wrong weave to be WW2 or Korea.

 

Material looks to have the fuzz that fake hbt has



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Posted 12 November 2017 - 05:31 PM

Cover looks very similar to my repro

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 07:04 PM

Jake - your repro cover has center chain stitching on the sand side?

Cover looks very similar to my repro



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 01:23 PM

Jake - your repro cover has center chain stitching on the sand side?

I believe it does. I'll have to look when I get back home, but I seem to remember being pretty surprised by that when I got it. Then again I might be mistaken for something else

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:25 PM

Maurice Lynch was from my hometown and my mother in law lives across the street from where he grew up in Fairmont MN and his corpse was repatriated to the Catholic Cemetery in Fairmont. Doubt a helmet would have been repatriated to a KIA family so if it is real would have most likely been from the estate of another WWII Marine. I wonder about how the helmet, cover and liner would have all the same data written in them with what appears the same writing utensil. BELIEVE ME, I WOULD LIKE THIS TO BE REAL AS I HAVE A VERY PERSONAL INTEREST IN LYNCH AND HAVE HAD FOR MANY YEARS.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:53 PM

I was seriously considering making an offer but the one picture on the beach side stitching was bothering me, so I asked for a better picture. When I received it I sent the seller a note telling him that the stitching was not right for a WWII helmet. I never heard back. IMHO, I think this may have been a commemorative helmet, but I dont really know. Could be real but a manufacturing anomaly. I dont want to take a chance now and figured I would share the picture emailed to me with fellow forum members.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:38 PM

The ink looks pretty crisp also.



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 12:09 AM

No on the chain stitch, was misremembering on that one. But colors, shapes, and fabric look identical.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 04:31 AM

Thank you Jake.

There are some characteristics of this cover that I like. The HBT fabric has an Army weave, which is correct for a WWII USMC cover. There are a couple of other good points, so I'm not as fast to call it "wrong". Yes, closed stitching on the edge of sand side is odd, but from the provided pictures it's impossible to get an overall impression of the cover. Without better pics, I'm calling it TBD.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 06:20 AM

Its a closed stitched Camo so 1953 blue anchor if original. What is is NOT is a ww2 camo cover.

Plus the name is done in a ball point pen

As to it being original , there is not enough photos to prove for or against. Ive been collecting these quite a few years and Im having trouble deciding.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 06:33 AM

Its a closed stitched Camo so 1953 blue anchor if original.


hello
53 blue anchor had split foliage ...
seller have for sale usmc dog tag with acid fingerprint dated 11/44 ???
shortened m43 shovel , lot of questionable stuffs

olivier

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 07:28 AM

hello
53 blue anchor had split foliage ...
seller have for sale usmc dog tag with acid fingerprint dated 11/44 ???
shortened m43 shovel , lot of questionable stuffs

olivier


Correct , there are no slits so its a Fake ! Unless we have just found a new camo variation :-D

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 07:29 AM

The other items in the photo are not included in the sale but to help sell it.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 07:33 AM

Ahhhhh no slits?...i didnt notice that...then a definite fake indeed.....mike

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:16 AM

If you look at the writing in the sweat liner, It looks like someone tried to age the name by rubbing something on it to make it look worn. You can see rub marks.



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:19 AM

If you look at the writing in the sweat liner, It looks like someone tried to age the name by rubbing something on it to make it look worn. You can see rub marks.


Also ball point pen again


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