My focus is slowly shifting from German helmets to M1 helmets mostly because of the fact that I can get them cheaper. It's a shame, because I love German helmets, but my income does not satisfy my hunger so... call it a diet.
My latest M1 probably spent most of its life rotting away in an attic somewhere. The liner has been eaten but the liner chinstrap was sitting at the bottom of the helmet even though it has been broken off on both sides for a long time. The liner is a firestone and the shell is a front seam with swivel bales. The lner is named and serial numbered. The national archives have his enlistment record so I got to find out some neat info on the guy!
Here is the link to his file: NARA - AAD - Display Full Records - Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)
One thing I love about this helmet is that the liner is dusty as hell but the inside of the shell is almost mint. The liner protected it all these years. On the back of the helmet you can see a chinstrap-sized strip on the surface where the thing looks the way it probably did in 1945.