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$80 M1 Front Seam - Should I do it?


Ryan Reese
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ArchangelDM
18 hours ago, Ryan Reese said:

Good morning!

 

I’m still fairly new to collecting WW2 stuff but I know that I’ve wanted a front seam M1 for a while now. I just stumbled upon one marked for $80. It has the Pennsylvania National Guard 28th Infantry Division markings on the front. It does come with a liner that has the complete webbing but the leather strap and chin strap are missing. Both metal, square rings are present on the helmet though. 
 

Forgive me for the lack of photos and possibly incorrect verbiage. 
 

Should I jump on it? It seems like a good deal. 
 

 

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Run back  🏃‍♂️ 

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Ryan Reese

Good morning gentlemen. Thanks again for all of the information and support. I feel very welcomed as a new collector and think I have a great addition to my WW2 collection. 
 

Here she is… Please let me know if I need to look for any others markings or key identification factors. 

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manayunkman

May I be so bold to suggest going outside and taking a picture in the shade and even though your not getting direct sunlight make sure the helmet insignia are facing the sun.

 

And if it’s cloudy make sure the insignia face the sun.

 

Its my experience that this method will result in bright pictures, that are more in focus, can be enlarged and will give a more accurate representation of what they actually look like.

 

On the other hand it still looks good with the pics you provided.

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Ryan Reese

Sorry guys, it got pic heavy fast. Hope no one is rolling with dial up. 😬

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Airborne-Hunter

The liner alone looks fine for $80. The shell is a bonus. I think the insignia looks fine. I think you found a real winner here.

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Burning Hazard

Great pickup!

 

I would also suggest grabbing a flashlight and carefully scanning the inside of the shell for any scratched names or laundry numbers, same with liner. Could potentially ID this one if there is a name.

 

Pat

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CavalryCombatant

Nice clean liner, shell’s a schluter too.

 

Congratulations! 

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I put clean, fresh water in a shell once and that popped a name and unit in pencil that is very hard to see otherwise - even now. No soaps or solvents!

Dave

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Ryan Reese

Pat and Dave, thank you for the recommendations. I do that tomorrow and report back.

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On 2/5/2022 at 3:48 PM, CavalryCombatant said:

Nice clean liner, shell’s a schluter too.

 

Congratulations! 

 

Ryan, there were 2 primary makers of M1 shells in WW2, McCord Radiator and Schlueter. If it has a big S stamp like this one does, it's a Schlueter. 

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2 hours ago, USMC_COLLECTOR said:

A very nice liner but I think a straight WW2 liner or WW2 liner with a painted keystone would be best.

 

The liner you posted could work but I’m fairly certain the lid is from the 1945 era which would require a liner without decals.

 

 

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USMC_COLLECTOR

Yes. I believe it has a Korean war decal... So it is probably a Korean war lid.

8 hours ago, manayunkman said:

A very nice liner but I think a straight WW2 liner or WW2 liner with a painted keystone would be best.

 

The liner you posted could work but I’m fairly certain the lid is from the 1945 era which would require a liner without decals.

 

 

 

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Burning Hazard

Not the best quality but a period photo showing these 28th ID helmets being worn (I believe in 1945).

 

Pat

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