Early-WWII General Fibre Co. "Hawley" M1 Helmet Liner With Rayon Suspension
This original WWII helmet liner is quite rare in that it is not produced by Hawley, but rather by its subcontractor, General Fibre Co., as evident by the 'G' ink stamp in the liner's interior dome. This manufacturer produced a total of 120,000 helmet liners during the war, only 20,000 of which were this first variation. This liner features non-painted aluminum rectangular washers, a first pattern rayon suspension, and remnants of a stationary leather liner strap. These features date the liner's production to mid-1942. The rayon suspension is strong and intact. It comes complete with its original rayon headband and size 3 rayon neckband. The liner's exterior is stenciled with the number '33'; its significance is unknown. The fabric coating has torn revealing the liner's cardboard construction. This liner would display quite nicely when paired with an early-war fixed loop helmet shell.