Another helmet that is for sale to ask some questions about! This one is rather interesting! It's what looks to me like a Vietnam era helmet shell (rear seam, sand rather than cork, lighter green colour) with a Korean era liner (eyelet hole in front, OD7 webbing, marked Westinghouse Micarta 1952). However, it seems that some of the webbing has the lighter second world war colour?
The Mitchell cover war produced in 1965, as it is labelled as contract #8116. The graffiti, which is the most interesting (and easiest to fake), is present on both sides of the mitchell cover. On the autumn brown side, it has the word "ROOT" as well as a large 65 (which I'm assuming is 1965, the year the cover was produced.) It looks like there was something written above the 65 that has faded with time.
On the green side, there is "we are as one" written in pen, as well as a large badge-like drawing with "ROSCOE" written on top. It appears that something was drawn in the badge, but perhaps the ink bled or it was poorly done and then covered in ink.
Inside the liner, "ROOT" is written along one of the HBT support arms, which seems to have been written over as "ROSKO".
Finally, on the inside of the metal helmet shell, "Ruble" is written in pencil.
So, this begs a few questions. Were Korea era liners used during the early Vietnam war? Since the names are written in both the liner and on the Mitchell cover, we must assume that the trio (helmet, liner, cover) has not been recently put together, but together since 1965. However, if Korea liners were not used, then we know that the grafitti is faked and that the trio has been recently married. Another questions - if authentic - who were Root and Rosko? Or was it the same person, with just a nickname? Or were they just kids from the 90's who found their uncles helmet and decided to draw all over it? If so, how would they know the cover is circa 1965? Or perhaps it was a faker?
I believe that the graffiti looks like it could be period; there is wear on the helmet, as well as fading on the ink. There are similar examples that can be seen here (period photos): Helmet Graffiti | My Vietnam Experience
Does it look correct to you guys?
Thanks in advance,