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U.S. NAVY M1 W/HAWLEY LINER

This is a very well preserved example of US Navy fixed loops, front seam early M1 helmet with cardboard liner. The shell was at one point overpainted blue externally, it now shows only a spot of surface rust on the top. The heat stamp inside reads 157B, indicating this is a early war shell, produced in may 1942. The helmet is named to "Lyon". The liner is a cardboard Hawley in surprisingly good condition considering its use over the sea. The external surface however was at one point coated with a dark laquer to protect it against humidity. Inside all the straps are in good order. It has the rayon webbing and a fix leather chinstrap, so it is a very first type liner. Indeed this helmet might have belonged to US Coast Guard creman as well, there is evidence of photos showing helmets like this worn by USCG crewmen during D-Day.


 
 
     
     
 
    
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