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Article about: Hello Guys, I am very new to collecting US M1 Helmets. I came across this one near me. The pictures are all I have right now. I am trying to get some more. What should I be looking for? Shel

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    Hello Guys,

    I am very new to collecting US M1 Helmets. I came across this one near me. The pictures are all I have right now. I am trying to get some more. What should I be looking for? Shell looks in good condition. Khaki chinstrap looks good. What do you think of the markings? This guy is asking for an offer which I know you do not like but I cannot change that. It seems to be just a shell and no liner. What would be a fair offer?

    Thanks,

    William


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    Hi William, the pictures are not great but from what i can see it looks original. The markings appear to be someone's initials, the helmet also looks to have original paint and chinstrap. As for price in the UK a fixed bail with original paint shell like this one would cost around 100, but original M1's are a lot more scarce here.

    Cheers
    Harry

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    Quote by Harry Davey View Post
    Hi William, the pictures are not great but from what i can see it looks original. The markings appear to be someone's initials, the helmet also looks to have original paint and chinstrap. As for price in the UK a fixed bail with original paint shell like this one would cost around 100, but original M1's are a lot more scarce here.

    Cheers
    Harry
    Thanks Harry that is a great help. I hope I can get better pictures. Do you think the initials are from WWII or added later?

    William

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    a fixed shell like that might sell for over $100 on ebay on an auction, but since he's asking for your offer maybe offer him $50 - $75

    I found a Navy used fixed bale for around $50 at the antique mall

    the shell does look original from WWII with original markings & paint

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    This is a good early fixed bale with a raised bar chinstrap. It was probably used by the Navy, maybe the USMC. $100-$120 is a fair price.

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    Quote by ObKrieger View Post
    This is a good early fixed bale with a raised bar chinstrap. It was probably used by the Navy, maybe the USMC. $100-$120 is a fair price.
    What makes it Navy or USMC?

    Thanks for your help. This is great. I love learning form these posts.

    William

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    The way the initials are stenciled like that is the same way the Navy and USMC did it. Helmet used by the army either have a laundry mark or the soldier's full name and ASN, or it's just left blank. It's a shame the soldier's whole name isn't stenciled, otherwise I would be able to research it for you.

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    Quote by ObKrieger View Post
    The way the initials are stenciled like that is the same way the Navy and USMC did it. Helmet used by the army either have a laundry mark or the soldier's full name and ASN, or it's just left blank. It's a shame the soldier's whole name isn't stenciled, otherwise I would be able to research it for you.
    Thanks OB,

    I will try to find out the name. The individual said it was his grandfathers. I am having trouble communicating with him. He thinks his helmet is worth $200-$225. I guess someone has offered him that much. I told him maybe $100-$125 and I think it made him made. We will see.

    Thanks,

    William

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    William, it is a nice m1 but $200-$225 is way too high. You price would be at the retail price for the helmet. Good luck I hope you get it. Marty

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    Quote by tank destroyer View Post
    William, it is a nice m1 but $200-$225 is way too high. You price would be at the retail price for the helmet. Good luck I hope you get it. Marty
    Thanks Marty,
    He says he has had a couple of offers of $200-$225. I tried to tell him that someone was pulling his leg. I do not think he knows what he has and thinks he is going to make a killing on it. I would never pay more than $100 and only that if he will send more pictures and then I get to see it first hand. It looks interesting.

    Thanks,

    William

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