Early-WWII Hawley M1 Helmet Liner (2nd Pattern Suspension)
This original early-WWII Hawley manufactured M1 helmet liner features a relatively uncommon variation. It has non-painted steel A-washers and a second pattern khaki suspension, all the while maintaining remnants of the first pattern stationary leather liner strap. These transitional features date the liner's production to mid-1942. The khaki suspension is tearing, but intact and the liner is somewhat misshapen. It still fits in a steel shell without issue. The liner comes complete with its original headband and neckband. Like the liner itself, all of the accessories date to 1942. The liner's front interior brim is ID'd to a veteran with the initials W.R.B. and 3241 as the last four digits of his serial number. The liner once belonged to a museum, as evident by the inventory number, "1991.79.37", inscribed at its rear. It would display quite nicely when paired with a 1942 manufactured fixed loop helmet shell.