ated: Dec 16, Your WWII collection is not complete without an M1 helmet and with roughly twenty-two million made during the war, acquiring one is a very achievable task; you only need to know what to look for. The following guide is not meant to be conclusive; there have been numerous books published on the topic of WWII helmets and none have completely archived the changes the M1 helmet experienced throughout the war. Louis, Missouri. McCord began production in June and by the end of the war it had produced twenty million M1 helmets.
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McCord began production in June and by the end of the war it had produced twenty million M1 helmets. Starting in JanuarySchlueter began producing its two million helmets.
These two producers can be distinguished by multiple features.
Firstly, the shape, McCord helmets have a higher top and a slight 'dip' towards the front of their brims, whereas Schlueters appear stouter and maintain a somewhat constant angle from the side of the helmet to the front. Both manufacturers' helmets left the factory with olive drab paint, cork texture, and bartacked web chinstraps. When possible, try to acquire helmets that are still in this wartime configuration.
Two other methods of differentiating a McCord manufactured helmet from a Schlueter can be viewed from the same perspective. The steel rim stainless on early examples and manganese on later wraps around the helmet and meets at what collectors often call a "seam.
McCord helmets exhibit oval-shaped welds at the seam, whereas Schlueters are circular. Additionally, located near the front seam is the "heat stamp", a lot number pressed into the steel shell. Both manufacturers stamped their helmets with a two to four-digit number followed by a letter, but Schlueter also stamped an 'S' beneath their heat stamps.
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.
Circa produced a chart shown below in order to estimate the production date of Schlueter manufactured helmets. If you would like an ated copy in Microsoft Excel format, feel free to contact us.
The red text on the images below notes changes in helmet production, such as the transition from fixed loops to swivel loops.
The earliest produced helmets featured a welded fixed loop upon which the web chinstrap was bartacked. McCord utilized slightly different varieties of fixed loops throughout the war, whereas the shape of Schlueter's fixed loops remained somewhat constant. Notice the circular "feet" and overall arched shape on the Schlueter example when compared to its McCord counterparts shown below.
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In Novembera new style of chinstrap loop was introduced that swiveled, offering more movement to the wearer and less chance of it snapping at its welds. The image below shows a swivel loop, with its original bartacked chinstrap. Helmets that still retain their sewn chinstraps are quite desirable. Chinstraps were outfitted with a buckle, J-hook, and end-keeper. Early-war helmets showcased OD 3 khaki webbing and cast brass hardware carried over from the MA1 helmetwhile late-war helmets exhibited OD 7 green webbing and flat buckles, although some variations were seen throughout the war.
Now that you are familiar with the steel M1 helmet shell, you will need to find a liner. Probably vietnam era.
Apr 23, Down relationship, comes belief that no girl would dating m1 helmet liners dating m1 helmet shell be in a situation where girlfriend. The very first M1 helmet liners were made by Hawley and made up of compressed cardboard covered in khaki cloth on the outside, while the inside was painted in the. I have a m1 helmet and I don't know from what war it was in can u help the heat stamp says Jul 15, Johnavon Mr. Murray-in going through my stuff,I can across a M1 McCord steel pot,heat lot stamped B-fixed bale-front seam-original finish with original kahaki web gear, what is date of this and approx value?Thanks for your help. May 02, judging by the helmets paint texture and profile, it looks like you have a Austrian M58 shell with a late US issue liner [mis matched] and late US style clip on straps if the shell is the Austrian m58 it would probably date from the 's - 's date of manufacture and used all the way up to around
The chinstrap also looks to be vietnam era. Looks like is has a stainless steel rim so the shell is WW2 with 80's chinstraps if the camo cover was dated 83 it was probably woodland camo and not a mitchell cover.
Isn't the stainless steel rim pre ? If the helmet is rear seam, wouldn't that make it after with the magnesium rim? Leftover parts were used until they ran out. There have been front seam maganese rim helmets posted on here as well. Thanks for the posts guys.
Aug 25, 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. Circa produced a chart (shown below) in order to estimate the production date of Schlueter manufactured helmets. To be considered a WWII helmet, the helmet in question must possess all original manufacturing techniques and parts dating from the first approved production models in to the last WWII specifications in If any post changes are present in any part of the helmet, then it cannot be considered a true WWII helmet. Feb 15, ? re: US M1 helmet: date of manufacture There is a dating chart based on the heat stamp number used by McCord found in the book: Helmets Of The ETO by Regis Giard and Frederic Blais. This chart is approximate only but, it will get you within a .
My brother just so happened to be in town today, and he confirmed that it is a stainless rim. He's a machinist and told me that magnesium should remove a little material when you run a knife across it.
I didn't take a flake off. Being rear seam and swivel bail, and off of the information you've provided me I'd guess it's late WW2, probably McCord Radiator. Here's some photos still for anyone that might have some more experienced opinions.
I'd appreciate anything, also how would I bring this helmet back to original status if that is the case if at all? Looks like there's another coat of paint underneath there, or possibly primer There's also a paint run in the interior of the shell if that helps.
And that's the last two.
If you want to request a specific angle, just shoot a post and consider it done. Either way it's about what I have into it so I'll have some fun with it in this case. I'd at least like to know that much.
Dating ww2 m1 helmets
Thanks for the info. I guess I'll have to find another to match my collection. I wouldn't attempt to strip the paint it won't help the value. Who's that? I meant to say SergeantMajorGray.
#N#Dating the M1 Steel Helmet. By Scott Robinson. #N#Swivel/Flexible. Stainless Steel. #N#Sand/Silica all post war. A World War II period helmet clearly showing the front seam. The M1 can boast of being the most successful combat helmet of all time, with a service history spanning forty years, from the early s until the mids, when it was replaced in favour of the PASGT composite helmet, In fact the M1 was so successful as a helmet system that many countries chose to adopted it .
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How to date a US m1 helmet.