Came across this beat up old shell and because of what appears to be some US Navy paint brush handy work, I and couldnít pass it up.
The shell itself is a front seem Schlueter. The inside of the shell appears to be the original OD paint. The outside of the shell has a couple of layers of paint, the outer most coat a dark green, common to many post war refurbished helmets I have seen, Iím guessing this helmet was put back into the system after serving time with the USN and received this final coat of paint.
The coat of paint partially hidden under the dark green is red and a light shade of blue. It looks as though about the upper 1/3 of the shell was painted red and the lower 2/3 blue, all the way down to rim. There are spots that the red shows through the blue, but this looks just to be in a small zone where the two colors meet indicating that the red was applied first and there is a slight overlap of the blue.
I have not been able to find anything that resembles the red and blue paint scheme nor a reason for it. The assumption that this was once a USN helmet could be incorrect as well and is loosely based on the fact that the navy was notorious for painting there M-1 to suit the whim of the day and also it seems that a very large number of Schlueter helmets were issued to the navy. This assumption could be totally off base however.
Anyone have any suggestions as to what the purpose of the red and blue paint might be?