This original early-WWII U.S. McCord manufactured fixed loop M1 helmet shell is in superb condition. The incredibly early heat stamp of 32A 1 dates the helmet's production to July 1941 - the very first month the M1 helmet was being manufactured. It retains its original factory paint, cork texture, and khaki chinstraps. Interestingly, the paint has since faded, leaving defined areas of where the leather liner strap and web chinstraps were secured at the front and rear of the helmet shell. 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 is some light surface rust throughout, however there are no stress cracks, which is quite rare for such an early helmet. This helmet shell would pair very nicely with a first pattern Hawley, St. Clair, or even an experimental liner.