Dating an m1 helmet

dating an m1 helmet

How do I identify an M-1 helmet?

This can be done by examining the number (pictured to the right) found in the inner front of any US M-1 McCord manufactured helmet shell. McCord manufactured the majority of M-1 helmet shells (making 20,000,000 helmets) and they did not place any other identification marks.

When did the M1A1 helmet change?

By 1950, new specifications had been adopted which changed how the M1 helmet was produced. Although most of these changes were cosmetic they did differ from helmets produced during WWII and determined if a WWII produced helmet was altered from original WWII era of manufacture.

Where did M-1 helmet shells come from?

Although McCord was supposed to be the single source of M-1 helmet shells, by the summer of 1942 a second company was enlisted to help the production effort. This was Schlueter Manufacturing of St. Louis, Missouri. Schlueter began production of its M-1 helmet shells in January 1943.

How do you date a McCord helmet?

A heat stamp of 305B on a McCord manufactured helmet. A heat stamp of 50A with an S beneath it on a Schlueter manufactured helmet. Heat stamps can be used to roughly determine the production date of M1 helmets. The book Helmets of the ETO includes a chart to date McCord manufactured helmets, however the information is copyrighted.

What is a M1 helmet liner?

The interior of a M1 Helmet Liner. The liner is a hard hat-like support for the suspension, and is designed to fit snugly inside the steel shell. The first liners were produced in June 1941 and designed by Hawley Products Company.

Do M1 helmets have rims in the front or back?

For this reason, any M1 helmet of WWII to Vietnam War vintage should be handled carefully to reduce chance of damage. Initial production helmets in 1941 to late 1944 had their rims seemed in the front. All M1 helmets with this feature among others were produced during or just prior to WWII.

Who made the most M-1 helmet shells?

McCord manufactured the majority of M-1 helmet shells (making 20,000,000 helmets) and they did not place any other identification marks. Although McCord was supposed to be the single source of M-1 helmet shells, by the summer of 1942 a second company was enlisted to help the production effort.

How can you tell if a helmet is a WWII helmet?

In the early 1950s, a fine sand aggregate was applied to new and refurbished older M1 helmet shells. If the exterior of the helmet feels like fine sand it is not a WWII helmet. This is where some of the confusion lies. It was very common for WWII produced shells to be repainted after WWII to post-war specifications.

How do you date a Schlueter helmet?

A heat stamp of 50A with an S beneath it on a Schlueter manufactured helmet. Heat stamps can be used to roughly determine the production date of M1 helmets. The book Helmets of the ETO includes a chart to date McCord manufactured helmets, however the information is copyrighted.

How do I identify an M-1 helmet?

This can be done by examining the number (pictured to the right) found in the inner front of any US M-1 McCord manufactured helmet shell. McCord manufactured the majority of M-1 helmet shells (making 20,000,000 helmets) and they did not place any other identification marks.

What is the difference between a McCord and Schlueter M1 helmet?

Most wartime M1s have a seam that meets at the front, however the seam was moved to the rear in November 1944 and remained there for decades of later M1 helmet production. McCord helmets exhibit oval-shaped welds at the seam, whereas Schlueters are circular.

How can I tell what year my helmet is?

An alpha/numerical stamp is located on the lower inside front of the helmet where the helmet flares out to the rim. The stamp can be hard to see but can identify maker and approximate year of manufacture.

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