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  1. Nope, I called ebay support and the seller was attempting fraud. If you live in a state with sales tax, know your rate and check it against your total. Also avoid ebay seller militarfotosammler.
  2. I saw that one there. If you look closely, that's an 82nd Division insignia under the camo, and the 82nd had a bunch of 307th units.
  3. This is weird. I got an invoice today that included tax even though there is no sales tax in DE.
  4. The Manlius School. A search here should turn up more examples.
  5. Any complete WWI Mk. I/m1917 helmet is worth $100 in good condition.
  6. Only 35,000 were made for use with the Wilmer eye shield.
  7. Take a look at page 11 in American Paratrooper Helmets by de Trez.
  8. Sorry, I thought you were a collector who was interested in the history of the liner rather than someone using the forum to flog an item for a few bucks. My bad.
  9. Driven to what? Buy it so you could post it here and then put it right back on ebay? I don't get it.
  10. You seem very insistent on making this helmet into what you want it to be. That's a tendency that helmet collectors should work to eliminate.
  11. A cursory search of findagrave turned up a couple of J. Madars who served in Korea/Vietnam. The late liner and glossy paint would fit with that.
  12. Nice one. You don't see them with the plain tree too often.
  13. That's an overly broad generalization that is not in line with the facts,
  14. There's not much in the way of reference books specifically on WWI US helmets currently. Steel Pots and Painted Steel by Chris Armold have reasonably solid basic information, as does U.S. Combat Helmets of the 20th Century by Mark Reynosa. The two-volume The History of the Steel Helmet in the First World War by Branislav Radovic and Michael Haselgrove is a good general reference for WWI helmets of all nations. These books all tend to rely heavily on Bashford Dean's Helmets and Body Armor in Modern Warfare, which is absolutely essential and easily found in digital form. Don't be afrai
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. It's fine, but overpriced by at least $100.
  19. Looks fine to me. Probably belonged to 1lt. Harrison M. Tucker, 316th Field Signal Bn.
  20. 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
  21. You can wildly speculate on the internet or look in the reference books you should all own.
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