M1 Helmet - Early Vietnam - W.E. Harn - Complete - Original
Korean War M1 helmet, marked M-49A. Has good paint/texture. Chinstraps are Vietnam War era with round tab endkeeper and anchor marked buckle. Steel helmet is named to W. E. Harn. Sprayed over a stencil in black paint with overspray across the back.
Liner is early Vietnam, marked U.S. in the dome. This early liner from the 1960-63 era has a WWII/Korea style web suspension while using the new od7 cotton webbing. Liner has good original paint.
Headband is dated 1959 with 6 "toothed" spring clips and un-sewn tail. Neckband has the more desirable DSA-100 stamp from about 1964.
The leather chinstrap is from WWII with a brass, patent stamped cam buckle. It was a little stiff, so we carefully cleaned it with Lexol, let is soak up a bit and wiped it clean. We also filled a hairline crack in the leather with a high grade fabric glue. I don't necessarily like doing this, but felt it was needed as these chinstraps are getting so damned expensive and rare. If careful, it should be just fine on display.
I think, overall this is pretty good early 60's set, retaining the WWII/Korean look before the big helmet liner changeover in 1964. Would make a nice addition to a collection.