Dating wwii helmets
According to what we said above the US M1 may result in a mixture of components added or replaced in different years. We can just identify some criteria to distinguish a wartime liner from a postwar one.Inland, International Molded Plastic, Seaman Paper co.Firstly, focus on the most obvious part of the shell, its colour.The colour of Second World War helmets was a dark olive green.The use of clasps is postwar.2) all shells with the rim that has the seam in front have been produced during WW2, from April 1941 to November 1944, either fixed or swivel bails.Then the seam moved to the rear until August 1945 when production ceased.3) the production of M1 shells started over in 1951, so how can we recognize a late war from a postwar?As the M1 was used across the military spectrum, it is near impossible to identify a helmet to a particular branch, unless unit marked, however concerning the US Navy, personnel tended to over paint the standard olive drab shell with shades of blue, grey, yellow, orange, white or red, etc., depending on the various functions performed by crew stations in the vessel.
A passing glance combined with your poker face may be a good tactic when dealing with a hard seller but remember you don’t want to come home with a dud.However straps OD#3 can be found in rear seam late war examples too. Late war helmets have a blackened brass buckle with simplified design.Since September 1944 a new release hook, called T1 was adopted and seldomly mounted, though it became a standard only on years '50s production.and Firestone ceased the production before or at the end of the war.All other high pressure liner: Westinghouse, MSA and Capac were produced after 1950 too.
Under the brim there is a number indicating the production lot.