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M16 Camo Helmet Mailed Home by General H. A. Allen

Article about: Here's a neat find I picked up approximately 3-years ago. It has a different, more angular patten of camo. Unfortunately the camo is only about 70% intact, but the base color is still good w

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    Here's a neat find I picked up approximately 3-years ago. It has a different, more angular patten of camo. Unfortunately the camo is only about 70% intact, but the base color is still good where the thicker camo colors have worn off.

    Brigadier General H. A. Allen served in the Mexican Border Conflict. He was also Brigadier General of the 56th Infantry Brigade, which was part of the 28th Division A.E.F., I believe.

    The helmet was apparently mailed home to his mother-in-law. I acquired it from someone who purchased it in 1980 in Red Oak, Iowa, and has had it up until 3-years ago. Unfortunately the postage stamps are long gone, and you can see the zig-zag edge traces where the camo paint pulled off when the stamps came off, to the lower right of the shipping address tape.

    The pads are all there, a bit dry, with the wearer's left side pad starting to tear a bit at the leather band. Cushions are intact. Chistrap is missing the buckle on one end, as it ripped, and is it is also torn about half-way through at the other buckle side. No tie string for the pads, but at least the tongues are all present, and not torn through at all on any of the holes for the tongues.

    Named to a G. Schmidt. in pencil & paint. ET64 maker marked shell.

    I know where there are 2-other helmets shipped home by General H. A. Allen, and I was able to photograph them a couple of years ago. I'm biased, but I think my helmet is the most interesting example of the 3-known that were shipped home by him. One is a nice "splotch" pattern, and the other is a plain M16 helmet. I'll have to see if I can dig up the photos of them and post them here soon.

    I look forward to your comments!

    Best Regards,

    Alan

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    A very cool piece and the associated provenance is a huge bonus!

    I've always been fond of mail home helmets, thanks for sharing.

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    That is great. Just great!
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Thanks Gentlemen for your nice comments!

    Here's 1-photo of the splotch pattern camo that General H.A. Allen mailed home. I have more photos of it, (including the shipping label ?inside the helmet), and will look for them to post on this thread as well.

    Best Regards,

    Alan

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    I'm torn. I like them both equally, and would be happy to have either!
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    can't get a better ww1 lid than that and quite rare I've yet to find one nice as that and as much character, great lid and thanks for showing!

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    What a fantastic pair! Add to that ,they were sent home by a Brigadier General of the AEF. I do have to add that he did have great taste.
    Very nice additions to anybodies collection.
    Thanks for posting those.
    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    What a great find!

    Adler

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    2 very nice helmets.

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    Superb helmets Alan, a fine addition to any collection. Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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