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Inland factory "Camo" painted helmet liner, was this ever done?


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Has anyone ever heard of a factory Camo painted Inland Liner? This seller claims this is what he has and states that this was only done by Inland and Westinghouse. I've only known of this being done by Westinghouse not Inland?

 

Bidders are jumping all over it and I think it looks neat, but is it a fantasy piece?

 

 

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All the books say just Westinghouse.

 

It's not the typical Westinghouse camo pattern, so it's kind of interesting in that respect.

 

If I were a betting man (and I am when it comes to helmets, for the most part), and interested in this sort of liner, I would chase it at least up to the price a nice FB shell and unpainted Inland liner would go for.

 

There is documentation out there on experimental camo liners that needs to be looked at yet.

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All the books say just Westinghouse.

 

It's not the typical Westinghouse camo pattern, so it's kind of interesting in that respect.

 

If I were a betting man (and I am when it comes to helmets, for the most part), and interested in this sort of liner, I would chase it at least up to the price a nice FB shell and unpainted Inland liner would go for.

 

There is documentation out there on experimental camo liners that needs to be looked at yet.

 

You would think that kind of information would have been documented by now? But I agree, it has a good look to it. I do notice a nice little silver star painted on the front. Very crisp lines to it just like the camo, so I'm kind of wondering if this was done by a Dad back in the day with a talent of paint for a kid?

 

Just a thought anyway.

 

Troy

USMC 2/2 Fox Co 0311 & 1st Recon Bn Delta Co. 0321. 1986 - 1995 (Desert Storm 90/91)

US Army Long Range Surveillance Co F 425th INF ABN LRS Team 1-6 2003 - 2005 (Iraqi Freedom 03/04)

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I am obviously guessing here but the picture does look like it is all one level of paint. It could be a factory paint job with the star added later. I think aef1917's strategy is sound here. If you get it for that price and it turns out to big good, you hit the jackpot...

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only Westinghouse as I beleive

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Only Westinghouse from what I've read. They designed a template so most of the liners had a pretty similar look to them. But who knows, it could be original and was never documented.

 

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Unsure how accessible camo paint was in combat, but is it unreasonable to think that this could have been field applied, thus explaining why it is on an Inland liner?

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Hi guys,

I have been following this set closely, and as far as I know, and like many of you have mentioned Westinghouse was the only manufacturer contracted and known to have delivered factory painted camouflaged liners. This is an intriguing liner because it is spray-painted using a stencil and shapes very closely resembling the shapes found on USMC camo patterns.

The paint looks old to me, and is positively ultra flat like the main finish on the liner. It looks like period paint to me. My theory is that this might have been done for an officer as a one of a kind custom camo job? Isn't that a Brig General's star in front?
All speculation...If a photo or other source was available for this as being from a General, etc. the price would triple or more in seconds.

I was intrigued at $300-350 or so, but at $600+ I'm staying away from it. Having said that, this does not strike me as a 'fake'.
Very neat, clean set, as would be expected from an officer's helmet, but too many 'unknowns' I have gone through a considerable amount of photographic material and have not seen anything like this in period photos or film.

I did contact the seller to see if he had some additional information, and of course no reply was received. This seller has had some suspiciously high-priced auctions for relatively common items before such as leather chinstraps (some very nice ones) but have exceeded $200+ in several cases, and I've noticed several bids are from buyers with 0 feedback, etc - you guys know the story.

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