just took delivery of this M1 helmet liner made by Firestone. Apart from some old flecks of emulsion spattered over the outside it's in pretty good shape really.From what I've learned here I'm pretty certain it's of WW2 period. Tan webbing, front gromit hole etc.
It even appears to have the original owners initials printed on the web strap inside -'VF'. Unfortunately it's missing it's nape strap, sweat band and leather chin strap. How easy, or rather how expensive do these original items tend to cost to replace?
Ideally, I'd like to buy a nice shell to go with it. I've had a salty old 44 USMC backpack since I was a kid that I always intended to build a full uniform around but I think that might be out of my price range really. I just love that Marine Corps camouflage. Out of interest, would this liner have gone in a Marine Corps shell?.
Alternatively I could buy a nice infantry shell and start bulding a full kit around that. When I was a lad you see, I used to go to this military shop to stare at all the things I could never afford. At the back of the shop the owner had a complete manequin attired in ww2 US infantry kit. All the tan stuff. Fantastic! Any views from you seasoned collectors would be greatly appreciated. I am a 40-something novice trying to kick-start the passions of my youth!!
Lastly, does anyone know what fcuc stamped on the nape area buttons means and would anyone have an approximate date for this liner?
Many thanks guys,