WWII Captain's Fixed Loop McCord M1 Helmet Shell (March 1942)
This is an original WWII U.S. captain's fixed loop M1 helmet shell. It was manufactured by McCord and, with a heat stamp of just 103C, it dates to March 1942. In addition to the helmet's original captain's rank, the sides of the helmet are adorned with tactical markings, while the rear is painted with an officer's "follow me" bar. Unfortunately, the significance of the tactical markings is unknown; they are similar to the triangles used by the 81st Airborne Anti-Aircraft Battalion, but just upside-down. The rank and tactical markings are both painted in silver, while the "follow me" bar is white. The helmet also retains its original factory paint, cork texture, and khaki chinstrap. The chinstrap features a brass buckle in the "raised bar" variety. The helmet's fixed loops are strong and intact. Done with the same silver paint in the shell's interior is potentially the original veteran's name, "Grow", and "EE097". This helmet would pair very nicely with a liner with non-painted steel washers.