|U.S. WW1 Army Helmet Shell - 326th Infantry|
U.S. WW1 326th Infantry Patrotic painted helmet shell. Appears to be named on interior (Matthew Lewis). Chinstrap metal guiding loops held on by solid machined rivets. Only a portion of chinstrap left that been cut down and stapled together appears to be for display. Stamped on interior rim of helmet with the heating lot number of ZH 81.
Additional Notes: The United States Army purchased the 400,000 available British Mk. I helmets from England and issued them to the American Expeditionary Forces already in Europe until the production of the U.S. M-1917 (P17) could start. Production began on the M-1917 helmets in the fall of 1917. By the end of November 1917, large quantities of U.S. M-1917 helmets became available for the U.S. Army. The U.S. M-1917 helmet was very similar to the British Mk. I helmet. One differnce was riveted to the steel bowl were two flexible guiding loops for the chin strap. For this, the U.S. M-1917 helmet differed from the British Mk. I helmet in that on U.S. helmets the loops were secured by solid machined rivets, where the British Mk. I helmet used split rivets. Also, both the helmets may have markings on the underside of the helmet skirt. On British Brodie helmets this is typically a series of Letters (for the steel manufacturer) follow by followed by a series of numbers (for the lot number). On U.S. WW1 M1917 (P17) helmets typically there are heating lot numbers, usually, starting with a Z followed by another letter and ending with a series of numbers. The known heat-stamps for WW1 American helmet include, but not limited to: ZA, ZB, ZC, ZD, ZF, ZH, ZJ, YJ, UC, and XH. Also, the American helmets are made of a thicker guage steel and therefore heavier then their British counterparts as well.
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Item # HU-946