WWII Fixed Loop M1 Helmet & St. Clair Liner PTO Set (1941-42)
This early-WWII helmet set showcases an original emerald-green field repaint, textured with small pebbles and grains of sand, denoting possible use in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. The McCord manufactured helmet shell's incredibly early heat stamp of 38__3 dates the helmet's production to mid-1941 - months before the United States entered the war. In addition to its field repaint, it retains its original cork texture, and khaki chinstraps. The chinstraps feature the early cast-brass buckle, carried over from the M1917A1 helmet. The helmet's early style fixed loops are strong and intact. There are a couple stress cracks at the rear. The helmet's low pressure St. Clair manufactured liner features the quite rare embossed "SC" marking, a green painted interior, steel rectangular washers, a first pattern rayon suspension, and remnants of a stationary leather liner strap. These characteristics date the liner's production from April to May 1942; these two months were the only time in which liners with green painted interiors were being produced, making this an exceptionally rare item. It comes complete with its original khaki headband and a recently installed neckband. The headband's leather is slightly deteriorated and marked faintly with the veteran's laundry number. The liner's exterior showcases its original smooth flat olive drab factory finish.