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  1. An experienced dealer told me: Simple answer is that insignia made roughly 1940 through 1953 all look the same from the front side. It’s on the backside of Korean era items you start the see single letter and single numbers, later maybe a single letter and two numbers. It was all mandated by the Defense Dept. Note our Eagles as great examples. When we write vintage it means it is some time after WWII. The vast majority of our collector’s examples were WWII but there are always exceptions. Back to oaks, or clusters; 1900 to roughly 1925 Army Major or Lt. Colonels oaks were very close to 1 i
  2. PM sent concerning dimensions of insignia being a determining factor in dating.
  3. You're asking exactly what I'd probably be wanting to know. I honestly don't think there is a way to tell if it is 40's or 50's vintage simply by looking at the front. I think they're dated by a few factors, material it's made from, maker mark and clasp style. And to be honest, even if you determined it was a 40's vintage, it wouldn't prove it wasn't applied by an officer during Korea, or in 1960 for that matter. My experience is that Korean era repaints tended to be a little darker shade of green. I think it's a very typical mid-late WWII repaint. Early WWII repaints like I've seen on some fi
  4. Pretty sweet. Definitely looks legit to me. I don't believe it's possible to say for a fact that it was done during WWII or during Korea. Could go either way. And it's pretty sweet either way. I've been told more than once that application of the rank burned the shell and typically required touch up paint or total repaint.
  5. The inside is pretty rank and liner parts appear fragile. The head and neck bands are cotton. I can make out the QM (CTM) on the neckband and I think they were only three years '60-'62. It could have been worn in Korea, but the guy would had to have replaced his head and neckband post war, which could have happened. I believe post war Korea was an unstable and dangerous area. Certainly could have been worn any number of years. I was really just hoping to hear everyone thought the burlap looked legit. And I was stumped by the stitching on the helmet band. Don't know that I've ever seen the earl
  6. Also has the odor of a lid belonging to someone who was ordered to go headfirst into a stinkin rump hole. If I'm going to display it, it'll have to be in an airtight container.
  7. Appreciate the tip. Not sure if my last couple pictures look any bigger, but it allowed me to put in a larger file after reducing quality. Thanks.
  8. Picture - Has an imprint and has cut thru in places. Rust marks on the cover match up with spots on the shell. Of course I figure a couple years under a drip would accomplish exactly that. Appears to be not a bad looking front seam shell (just looking at the first inch all the way around) with green painted hardware that's in the type of nice condition you'd expect after being protected from the elements by burlap.
  9. Yeah it's a cool looking helmet. I really like it. Thought I'd take a chance that someone had experience with burlap and could identify it. Be nice to make sure someone didn't add burlap to it a couple years ago and sit under a nice drip in their barn.
  10. This one begins with US - I don't think I've seen one that begins with US - All I've seen begin with Band and end with US - not sure what that means
  11. Picture - any idea what the burlap is from, or what era?
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