So, I was in a used and rare bookstore in Chicago yesterday. It is going out of business. The place is huge. The owner, who is very old, used a lot of artifacts as props in the various sections of his store. I was in the war section and stumbled on this. I paid $50. He had painted a $ sign on the front. It came off, though I had to take the first layer off original paint off. Not too bad, though. Not sure about the liner. How do I tell who made it, etc.
I am no expert on M-1s. All I know is that it is a fixed bale and the liner is WW11.
here is the front before I took off the $ sign
Here is front now.