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Beautiful helmet, thanks for sharing Eric.

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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Here is my latest. Love the patina on and around the ega. Un-identified, but was given directly by the family to a new friend who acquired it twenty years ago. A trade added it to my collection. I know at least one other has been posted previously on this thread. This is the 15th Separate Battalion. Kevin

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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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Scared me for a minute Eric cause I know you know these. Thanks! Kevin

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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Great piece Kevin. This makes six (6) now that I have seen of these painted exactly the same way. Have never seen one painted any other way that I thought was real.

 

Here is another one of mine (in additional to Lt. C0verdell's. I found this one several years ago in a local museum. They just wanted a representative WW1 helmet so I traded them an unpainted one + $100 donation for this one.

 

Well, I now own it! Kew-el!

 

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I'm not sure if these two qualify for this thread, but here they are anyway. Indian head on a green cross, and on a shell. The shell is named to Philsin. That helmet has also been painted brown.

 

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Interesting helmet. Except for the odd multi-colored border, this seems to be done the same way as all of the 8th (MG) Co. helmets. The Indian is an exact match and the color seems to be purple not black.

 

I took a look and indeed Odell was in the 8th Co. if even for a short time. This must have been when he had his helmet painted.

 

My guess is the name inside and border highlights were added way after the war. Perhaps for a parade in the 40's? When did the term "WW1" first start to see use (vs. Great War)?

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For those who did not see, there was another 8th Co. helmet on eBay just a couple weeks ago.

Turns out I was able to positively ID this one with the help of Kevin (Devildog34).

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I think a son or grandson painted the Odell names on the inside of the helmets. When I first saw the name and "WWI", I thought it was cheesy, until I saw the son's name in the second helmet.

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Here is one of my favorites. My dad picked this up 40 years ago. For some reason 3/5 seems to be one of the hardest helmets to find. Much harder than 8/5 (which, to me, does not make any sense)

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For those who did not see, there was another 8th Co. helmet on eBay just a couple weeks ago.

 

Where did you find it? I search for WWI painted and USMC stuff, totally missed this one.

 

Cheers,

Cody

 

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