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M1 Evaluation

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    Does anyone know anything about the ink stamp? And am I correct to identify it as a Nam' era lid?

    I've also found very faint traces of red paint on the chinstrap, and on the exterior of the helmet. I agree that it might have been used by some deck hand or gunner. Now I need a nice period liner to go with it. After a preliminary clean, the chinstrap is indeed brown, just very dark/dirty.

    EDIT - A quick clean, and here's some close ups of the chinstrap:
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    As you can see, it's in bad shape, and I'm scared to put any stress on it so it doesn't rip.

    Last edited by Nitram; 03-07-2012 at 02:44 PM. Reason: Added pictures

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    I've measured the helmet, from bale to bale, along the inside of the shell, it's 42cm; while a Dutch M53, based on the WWII M1 is 47 cm, due to the shallower profile, and paint job, I think it's safe to say it's a Nam era manufacture. I'm going to leave it as is, in it's "salty" shape; just gave it a quick wash with a moist cloth.

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    I still need to ID the above stamp, NickD suggested it could have been stamped for inventory purposes.

    Thanks for all your opinions, and if anyone comes across a similar config, please let me know!


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