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  1. Trying to nail it down from photos is a fruitless exercise. It's in a document in the National Archives... somewhere.
  2. Ships could also be organized around Divisions.
  3. More info here: https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/341829-m1917-helmet-marked-wa/ The liner in yours appears to have been replaced.
  4. M1 lot calculators and charts are not of much use since the data they are based on are nowhere near complete. Just looking at the Helmets of the ETO chart it's easy to see how much smoothing of data there is, since it's a straight linear progression and actual production often varied by tens of thousands of helmets per month. There are many things that are not known about m1 helmet manufacture, including how many blanks made up a lot. Seek out the article Marc Giles wrote on m1 lot numbers and you will find a good deal of well-researched information on lot numbers.
  5. Production dates for WWII M1 helmet lots are not known outside of a tiny handful that have been found in period documents. The charts you see online are educated guesswork based largely on the observable physical attributes (fixed loop, front seam, stainless rim, etc.) of a relatively small sample size of helmets. Messing around with a helmet to find the lot number is a fool's errand at best and often causes irreversible damage. Don't do it.
  6. $1,000 and no liner? Was there a misplaced decimal point? rofl https://www.ebay.com/itm/WWI-US-ARMY-101st-AMMUNITION-TRAIN-26th-DIVISION-HELMET-PAINTED-AWESOME/143871413095?hash=item217f678b67:g:4w4AAOSwGKJfyXOo
  7. This thread discusses the color separation. https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/174440-usmc-wwii-3rd-pattern-helmet-cover-wrong-pattern-stitch/
  8. There's never been a questionable item in a reference book.
  9. Two people in this thread have mentioned pac man and the beach side edge stitching. I'm sure there are multiple threads on both of those topics here.
  10. Don't ever try to uncover lot numbers.
  11. They were not intended to denote officer or enlisted, and are simply referred to as a US coat of arms badge in period documents.
  12. They weren't cap badges, they were modified bridle rosettes.
  13. The helmet is British-made and it's not uncommon to see them with similar replacement rivets. I suspect that at least some of the helmets the UK sold to the US were refurbished battlefield salvage.
  14. I once had a WWII m1 with welded-on captain's bars and I have a WWI m1917 with captain's bars affixed with hide glue.
  15. The area around the chinstrap rivet was likely retouched at the Ford factory during final assembly. It's hard to tell from the photos whether the top rivet was retouched at the same time, but it was common practice to add paint to those areas of the helmet before they were packed for issue.
  16. Why on earth would you want to clean that?
  17. "World's War" was fairly common usage at the time. Collier's New Photographic History of the World's War and The 37th's Bit in the World's War of 1914-1918 are two examples that come to mind.
  18. It's out of the ordinary for a 4th Marine Brigade helmet, but not all WWI Marines were part of that organization. From the August 1919 issue of Recruiters' Bulletin, reporting on the return of the 11th Marine Regiment: "Nearly all of the Marines had their helmets painted with all the colors of the rainbow. The men said that a camouflage artist aboard was responsible for the tortoise-shell effects given to the tin hats."
  19. Correct. See here: https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/254487-french-motorized-artillery-insignia-in-the-aef/
  20. Gah, another sanded lot number. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyy
  21. The number and arrangement of the triangles on the painted canvas makes me think it might be a backgammon board.
  22. This is "collector wisdom" that is not supported by documentary evidence. The US continued purchasing helmets from the British until 1919. Troops shipping out were not issued helmets stateside until September 1918. The 8th Division somehow wound up being widely equipped with British helmets despite not even starting overseas movement until October 30, 1918.
  23. The liner may provide a clue here. It's American, but the shell is British. Usually that combination has a heavy sand exterior finish that was applied as part of the reconditioning process. The "wear" looks similar to other helmets I've seen where the sand finish was scraped off to provide a smooth surface. I sort of like what I see overall but I'd really want to give it a thorough going-over. There's something about the method of painting the insignia that is rather unusual and gives me pause. (doyler's helmet is painted the way I expect.)
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