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  1. As Bugme said, the existing date charts are solely based on observation of the physical characteristics of helmets coupled with some known dates that aspects of m1 helmets changed, so it must be reiterated that they are only a very rough guide. Based on the chart in Giard/Blais and the website linked by Easy502, a McCord helmet with a lot number of 145-148 comes up in the April/May, 1942 timeframe. Actual Ordnance documents show that those lots were manufactured in August, 1942.
  2. If it makes you feel better, go for it. Add a replacement liner, and the whole thing will be worth less than you paid for the liner.
  3. Security is pretty tight at Archives II, but I'd be willing to bet they're mostly focused on document security. It's pretty rare to find a non-paper item in an archives box.
  4. Like these? http://www.stewartsmilitaryantiques.com/equipment-us-us-wwi-m1917-mounted-leggings.31632.10.military-antiques
  5. Early-mid 50s Motor Wheel Co.
  6. What I don't understand is why this thread was even started. OP: I have a chinstrap, should I soak it in oil? Everyone Else: No. OP: I soaked it in oil. Why even bother with the first two steps?
  7. Why did you come here for advice, and then do the exact opposite?
  8. I once had an almost mint Westinghouse parachutist liner where the only thing that kept it from being absolutely mint was the oily stain over the brim from whatever goo the previous owner put on the leather chinstrap to "preserve" it.
  9. To the best of my knowledge, McCord m1917a1 lot numbers range between 1 and 24.
  10. In the "Welcome Home" program for the 26th Division's homecoming parade, there is a Pvt. Walter Sanderson listed as a member of the Medical Dept. 102nd Inf. I suppose he could have transferred at some point, or it could just be a typo.
  11. That's a fantastic helmet. I looked through the rosters in the histories of Battery C and Battery E, and didn't find your doughboy. He's not listed among the WIAs or decorated soldiers in the main YD history either.
  12. Using this product on a helmet leaves an artificial sheen that screams "messed with".
  13. Nice one. You hardly ever see painted helmets from the Artillery units in the 80th.
  14. . I agree. A later touch-up could explain why the 7 is over the blue band on the liner.
  15. It's my opinion that the position of the quadrants indicates battalion/company with in the regiment/battalion. I am also pretty confident that the stenciled marking above the division insignia on some 139th Infantry helmets indicates the company.
  16. It looks to me like the red paint on the liner was retouched at some point. There are two distinct shades of red there.
  17. The McCord chart is based on the observation of changing characteristics of helmets in correlation with the lot numbers. Since m1917a1 helmets didn't have the same sort of changes, there isn't a way to construct a similar chart for them.
  18. You're right. The buttons with hooks and shield hook were for the chin chain, which was only on officers' helmets. The Feb. 10, 1902 Horstmann contract was the second to last that the company was awarded.
  19. IIRC, the uniform regs changed in 1902, so there were still contracts under the earlier regs. For the cords, there should be hooks on the side buttons, rings about 3/4 of the way between the buttons and the spike base, and the shield hook behind the spike base.
  20. I agree with Kurt. With the 1902 contract date, I'd say the helmet body was never issued and wound up at one of the surplus houses like Bannerman's. After that, it could have been put together at any point using other surplus parts. The chinstrap looks to be of the period, but it might be from a shako. The dress helmet straps I've seen are the same width as the leather band around the helmet. So like 99.99999999% of these, it's a put-together. At least it's a legit Horstmann enlisted body, and not one of the NYNG Ridabock bodies you typically see.
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