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Howard

 

Now this one of yours looks good...proper color shade so likely USMC but hard to prove without markings.

 

Here's a salty example of a 1942 USMC pith helmet that was apparently issued at boot camp. It has the Marine Private's name written on the inside brim, first with an ink pen and then with ink stamp. And markings showing a USMC contract awarded to International Hat Co. The interior, originally green, has faded.

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This is another early USMC version.

 

Craig

 

Are you sure about that NOm contract number? The earlier NOm prefix contract number I have a record of is Oct 1939 and it's in the 25K range. Yours sounds way too early for a fiber helmet.

 

NOm 25772.....Poncho........ Oct. 22, 1939

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Greg, I have checked it and have a correction to make. It is either 48997 or 43997. I'm not sure how I missed that sneaky 4 before. The date stamp is to light to read.

 

Thanks for calling my attention to it.

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Greg, I have checked it and have a correction to make. It is either 48997 or 43997. I'm not sure how I missed that sneaky 4 before. The date stamp is to light to read.

 

Thanks for calling my attention to it.

 

NOm 43997 would be Feb-Mar 1944

 

NOm 48997 would be late Summer 1945.

 

I'd vote for the 1944 date on your fiber helmet

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