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#1 HelmetGuy

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:38 AM

Thought I'd share pictures of a few M1917A1 helmets from my collection.

This is an early example. It is a British Mk. 1, completely overhauled. When converted, some Mk. 1's had M1917 type chinstrap loops and loop attachments with round rivets installed, as was done with this example.

This helmet was worn by P. R. of the Connecticut State Guards.

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#2 HelmetGuy

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:39 AM

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:41 AM

It has the first type buckle that was used on some of the experimental's.

Comparison of the first buckle (left), and the typical buckle (right) that was also used on the M1 helmet.

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#4 HelmetGuy

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:42 AM

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#5 HelmetGuy

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:43 AM

Converted M1917 of Sgt. T. P., an African-American soldier. He enlisted January, 1941 and served in the 369th Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft), a segregated unit.

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#6 HelmetGuy

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:47 AM

McCord Radiator new production M1917A1 (one or two digit number and letter stamped on the rim of these McCord helmets).

Of course, all the McCord helmets have the same paint and texture when still in original factory condition, unlike the converted helmets where there is a wide range of paint and textures.

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#7 HelmetGuy

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:49 AM

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#8 HelmetGuy

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:51 AM

Another McCord. This one is named to A. S. He enlisted June, 1941 in San Francisco, CA. The liner is also marked D-160 (possibly Co. D, 160th Infantry, 40th Division?).

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#9 HelmetGuy

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:53 AM

Last one for now, another McCord. Subtle camouflage finish (hard to photograph). Belonged to W. B. from Illinois. He enlisted in the Army October, 1941. Of interest is the very nicely done skull and cross bone carefully carved into the front of the helmet.

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#10 HelmetGuy

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:53 AM

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 05:28 PM

Here's a nice posed picture of a member of the 78th Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft) wearing an M1917A1 and holding a BAR. This picture was taken in 1941 at Camp Haan in CA.

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As always, all comments appreciated.

Edited by HelmetGuy, 03 February 2009 - 05:31 PM.


#12 Johan Willaert

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 11:25 PM

Does anyone know why these are called the 'Kelly' Helmet?

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 11:58 AM

This was from an ad in LIFE Magazine dated NOV 9, 1942. I saved it because of the 1 ID insignia painted on the helmet.

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 08:41 PM

There is a local antique mall that has a framed photo of an unit of the Wisconsin State Guard taken during WW2. All of the troops are wearing M1917A1s. It is a company size unit and many of the NCO's have their rank neatly stenciled on the front and the medics have a white square with a red cross on the front. I can't see any other insignia on the helmets or shirts. I would like to have that pic but they want $75 for it and won't budge.

#15 HelmetGuy

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 01:24 AM

Finally got around to taking pictures of this one. A converted British Mk. 1 that still has the split rivets for the chinstrap loop attachments, unlike the first helmet in this thread.

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#16 HelmetGuy

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 01:26 AM

HS = Hadfield Ltd.

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 12:49 PM

Thats a real special one! I don;t think I have ever had a British shell M17A1!
Very nice ! :thumbsup:

#18 british-rat

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 02:11 PM

hello
I bought this helmet
the seller says it is a model of WWI
I think it is a mistake
Could anyone help me?
thanks and regards

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 02:21 PM

hello
I bought this helmet
the seller says it is a model of WWI
I think it is a mistake
Could anyone help me?
thanks and regards

This is a post WWI configured M-1917 updated to what was called the M-1917A-1. The liner and chin strap have been updated and the finish should be cork and not sawdust like that which was found in the WWI model of this helmet. Still, The M-1917A-1 is a great helmet to have in your collection but, this one is definitely not a WWI configured helmet.

Edited by Bugme, 08 November 2011 - 02:22 PM.


#20 british-rat

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 04:02 PM

many thanks, I'm more calm
Do you know that means the marking 5A?
thanks again

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 07:57 AM

many thanks, I'm more calm
Do you know that means the marking 5A?
thanks again


it's a heat stamp number used for quality control so they know the batch number

your helmet is a late model made by McCord Radiator Co in the early WWII era late 30's early 40's

not a reconditioned WWI helmet like most of the M1917A1 models

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 08:09 AM

Great photos of a nice selection of M1917A1's!  The reconditioning/upgrades of the older M1917s began in 1936. According to Reynosa's "US Combat Helmets of the 20th Century", the new-produced McCord M1917A1s were only produced between February and May of 1941.




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