WWII M-1938 Tanker Helmet
The interior of a tank, while armored, is not always the safest place to be. Prior to the outset of the war, suitable headgear was still needed to protect American armored units from bumping their heads on the interior components of their tanks and it wasn't until 1941 that the M-1938 tanker helmet was patented. This original M-1938 tanker helmet's interior lining is in superb condition, with soft and pliable leather. The leather has, however, darkened with use, making it difficult to read any manufacturer and size markings. That said, the thinner brim and red-trimmed elastic backstrap are consistent with those produced by Rawlings. The helmet has been placed on a standard display head, which has previously displayed a size 7 3/8 example and it is quite comparable. The exterior showcases wear throughout, including paint loss on the top piece and some missing components throughout.