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Picked up this clean M1880 helmet last week. Nice makers mark in the sweatband. It's staying in the collection. Thanks. Greg.

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Thanks Dave. It's now the oldest piece of headgear I have. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.

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I have never been in a position to inspect an M1880 helmet. Are the cork spacers between shell and liner moveable to fit the wearer's head, or fixed in the manufacturing process?

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It's actually an 1889 pattern helmet, which has a slightly different brim shape than the 1880 pattern. These are some of my favorite US helmets, and I've never seen one marked as a subcontract piece to Ridabock. Very cool.

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Nice, I have its twin. I display it with Span Am vintage Marine Corps items as the Marines also wore it during that time frame. I have always liked this model helmet. Missed a chance at an original white lacquered chin strap to put on it years ago and have regretted missing the opportunity ever since.


I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

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Well if Kevin has its twin, then I have the triplet. Very nice helmet! Scott


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Hi, The tan helmet is a M1880 with original chin strap and shorter rear visor.

 

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Here is the M1880

 

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Don

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