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aef1917

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  1. That helmet doesn't need any cleaning or preserving. Looks good as-is.
  2. Drilled vs. punched doesn't really mean anything anymore, if it ever did. There's a seller on ebay (cart32tfs) who has been punching holes in nice m1917s and adding EGAs for years now.
  3. The USMC m1917 is one I am staying far, far away from.
  4. This one looks like a low-pressure liner made to look like a steel helmet.
  5. In the initial test of M1 liners (after the TS-3 Hawley/Tenite/Ethocel etc. experiments), there were 63 prototypes submitted by various manufacturers, and the Bureau of Standards marked and recorded each one. I'd expect to see such markings on a true prototype. I don't see the SC mark, and given the missing eyelet, I suppose it's possible that this is a "prototype" in that it could be a pre-production example, but who knows?
  6. Aside from the missing eyelet, what else is there that would make it a prototype, as opposed to a standard 1st pattern?
  7. I can count the number of people that I know of who are interested in m1917 maker codes on two fingers, so I don't think there would be much of a premium on it. It's an interesting helmet in that it looks like it was never finished. I've got a ZN55 that's the same way.
  8. A mark starting with Z would be a US m1917. ZN is highly unusual though. Can you post a pic of the mark?
  9. I'd never heard of the Italy patch before today. It would be great to find more info on it. I have a 332nd painted helmet and etched mess kit with the lion of St. Mark where the book is replaced with an Austrian helmet. It's an interesting variation that appears in one of the unit histories (but which one escapes me at the moment).
  10. Collar disc is 322nd Infantry Regiment and the patch is the 81st Division wildcat.
  11. Indeed. With maybe 1,000 produced and who knows how many "expended in test", these are super-rare.
  12. WWII Parish-Reading with the factory finish and straps.
  13. R.J. Stampings started making helmets in 1970, and produced them with the crimp-on chinstraps until 1975-76, at which point they switched to the clip-on straps.
  14. That looks like incompatible paints to me, like lacquer over enamel.
  15. From what I can tell, the chart is fairly accurate to +/- 3-6 months, but using it to say your helmet is an August 1943 McCord is fanciful. As Marc points out in the article, pressing the helmet shells didn't necessarily follow the sequential order that the lot numbers were assigned, so lot 619 could have been pressed before or after lot 620. This means there is potential for relatively low lot numbers to show characteristics of later M1s if a pallet of 1942 blanks way in the back corner didn't get pressed until 1944. In addition, after a fairly short ramping-up period, the McCord chart smo
  16. That's an interesting theory, but not one that is supported by documentation. 392,000 M1-C helmets were produced by McCord between January and April 1945, at which point production was terminated for the duration of the war. On January 26, 1945, the Office of the Quartermaster General granted authority to issue M1-C helmets on the basis of "1 per individual of Parachute, Airborne and Glider units and Glider Pilots". Stocks of M1-C helmets were held at the Atlanta Army Service Forces Depot for issue in the continental US and for shipment through east coast ports of embarkation, and at the Ut
  17. Top line is Rapid Response/Reaction Force, second line is Allah-o-Akbar, bottom is Bamian.
  18. The 1st Engineer Bn insignia includes an anchor. I've seen a couple of helmets with their insignia, but it's a little different than this one. They were one of the units tasked with clearing beach obstacles during the Sicily and Normandy invasions, so it's possible that this is from a unit with similar responsibilities.
  19. Got a source for this other than a FW: Fwd: RE: FW: FW: RE: Fwd: SEND THIS TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS LIBRUL TEACHERS THESE DAYS email? Why wouldn't he take the opportunity to redress the alleged failings of today's education system?
  20. I have a painted M1, and I know it's good because it's a real WWII front seam swivel loop McCord. No need to look at any other details.
  21. I know he's "sweetened" at least one group, so they're worth the sum of the parts IMO.
  22. I think the guy is a little mixed up. He's right that fluorescent paint intended to be viewed under black light wasn't commercially marketed until the 1930s, but the chemicals necessary to make paint glow were known long before that. Zinc sulfide, a white pigment which glows under UV light, was developed by DuPont in the 1870s, and it was a common paint additive during the first half of the 20th Century under the trade name Lithopone. That's just one example. I'm sure there are more.
  23. While many divisions painted helmets under orders and collectors can therefore expect a certain range of variations in painting, I do not believe the 34th Division was among them. Helmets from this division are not common, but the examples I have seen show a very wide variety of designs, so I'm not sure there is such a thing as a "correct" 34th Division helmet.
  24. The battalion's helmets were painted by a member who had been a sign painter in civilian life. His methods ensured that each helmet was nearly identical, and this one doesn't match.
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