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  1. The insignia is the same as on one of mine, and I've seen it on other helmets and gas mask bags as well. I'm pretty sure it was done with a stencil. Reproduction liners are nowhere close to the real thing.
  2. The ZA0 helmets are interesting. Company A was involved in some early experimental work and initially devised their own letter codes to identify the different heats of steel. Once m1917 helmet production began to ramp up, they asked to maintain their own marking scheme, but the Ordnance Department told them that they'd have to adopt the same marking system as the rest of the companies. The highest letter I've seen using the company's system is O, and the O looks the same as the one in ZA0. My hypothesis is that these were the last of the experimental lots, and the company switched over to
  3. Most of the division was quarantined in New York due to the Spanish Flu. The 319th Engineers and a couple of other small units made it overseas starting in late October 1918, but they were too late to see action.
  4. It's fine, but overpriced by at least $100.
  5. Looks fine to me. Probably belonged to 1lt. Harrison M. Tucker, 316th Field Signal Bn.
  6. Here's the 167th Infantry's regimental history. https://books.google.com/books?id=rcsLAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=alabama+rainbow+aef&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjFsojznuHmAhWYHM0KHdZhD-4Q6AEwBnoECAYQAg#v=onepage&q&f=false
  7. You can wildly speculate on the internet or look in the reference books you should all own.
  8. Is that a manganese rim on an alleged M2?
  9. Looks like a variant of the bonnet de police. See post 43 here: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/254296-ae-f-trench-overseas-caps/page-2
  10. This photo from the IWM shows the same soldier from a different angle. (You can click the link and zoom in.) THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME, JULY-NOVEMBER 1916. © IWM (Q 1308) IWM Non Commercial License
  11. I've seen that photograph discussed elsewhere and the consensus seemed to be that it was a burlap cover flapping in the wind.
  12. I've probably posted this picture before, but here's my pair. The WWI helmet stand is professionally made with cast iron parts and 3 French socket bayonets. I saw an identical one many years ago and still regret not buying it. The M1 is a pretty nice blacksmith piece.
  13. They're getting harder to find in this condition. It looks like there might be some packing paper stuck to the liner, so it's possible this one was never issued. ZJ is a fairly scarce code only seen on helmets that were manufactured very late.
  14. The camo bears a resemblance to the style used by the 517th PRCT, but it's not an exact match.
  15. I wonder what happened to the other strap since it sold before. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/original-complete-early-wwii-1810982712
  16. You don't remember this thread where multiple people repeatedly told you what provenance was and wasn't? http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/197944-is-provenance-just-a-story/
  17. Now that I'm not on my phone and can see the photo more clearly, it's definitely a WWII British Mk. 2. The fabric is missing from the chinstrap, but it originally looked like this.
  18. Its not a WWI helmet. Looks more like a WWII British Mk 2.
  19. The existing chart is based on observation of helmet characteristics with (roughly) known date ranges, (i.e. fixed loops, front seam, stainless rim, etc.) rather than any sort of documentation.
  20. It's an excellent article which every M1 helmet collector should read and understand. It doesn't seem like there's been as much discussion around the internet as the article warrants. One forum did have a comment along the lines of "Well, it doesn't line up with the McCord chart in the book, so I'll just stick with the chart.", which strikes me as exactly backwards.
  21. Brass Spikes and Horsetail Plumes Gordon Chappell A Guide Book to U.S. Army Dress Helmets 1872-1904 Mark Kasal and Don Moore Hats Off: Head Dress of the U.S. Army 1872-1912 John P. Langellier
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