WWII US Navy Ship Board M1 Helmet

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  • $ 800

WWII US Navy Ship Board M1 Helmet-This great example has a grey finish added for ship board use by Navy personnel. The finish remains virtually fully intact. It has fixed, square bales and a sewn on OD 3 chinstrap with black finished brass buckle. It has a front seam. There are two identical, vertical cracks on the reverse of the shell 9 very minor). It has a very desirable Hawley liner that is in great condition with the exception of one small crack at the bill and another in the dome (see pics). There was some sort of rectangular tape strip on the front at some point, there is clearly a shadow.  This was used outside of the shell apparently as well as the brown leather chinstrap has left a brown mark across the bill. The interior of the liner is crisp and clean, showing minimal use. It is the later style with the removable chinstrap (larger rivet for the stud). It has cotton OD 3 suspension and nape (size 5 stamped by maker P.K.W.) with unfinished metal "A" washers. The sweatband is brown leather and excellent. This style of Hawley liner was produced between October and November of 1942. The inner shell is the original green color. A truly scarce helmet!