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!