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Black painted M1 helmet, anything special about this helmet?

Article about: Vintage US Marine helmet / no liner / unique! - eBay (item 370469414946 end time Dec-31-10 22:29:49 PST) wonder why people are bidding on this? it looks like a black painted M1 with missing

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    Question Black painted M1 helmet, anything special about this helmet?

    Vintage US Marine helmet / no liner / unique! - eBay (item 370469414946 end time Dec-31-10 22:29:49 PST)

    wonder why people are bidding on this? it looks like a black painted M1 with missing bales? is there something about this helmet that makes it rare? is it an old dbale ? the weld marks do look a little wider apart than usual


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    Default Re: Black painted M1 helmet, anything special about this helmet?

    The only thing "Special" about this is that the seller is an idiot and the bidders too, it is a front seam helmet in a horrible condition and painted black for some reason. I do not think it is a marine helmet, marine helmets tend to be white or blueish.
    Best Regards

    Vegard T.
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    Looking for militaria from 38. Batterie, Heeres Küsten Artillerie Regiment 977, also from 31, 32 and 36. Batterie.

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    Default Re: Black painted M1 helmet, anything special about this helmet?

    Hello Battle gear,

    This is most likely a Dutch reissued M1. The colour matte black, indicates use by the Marechaussée corps (MP) in the late fifties. Not a very common helmet, but not rare and indeed in a not collectable condition.

    Cheers,
    Emile

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    Default Re: Black painted M1 helmet, anything special about this helmet?

    I agree, this helmet is not even in collectable condition, worth maybe $10 at the surplus store, almost looks like it might have been used as a flower pot

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    Default Re: Black painted M1 helmet, anything special about this helmet?

    Better to save that $61.00 it sold for and put it towards a good helmet.

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