I picked up this M1917 helmet yesterday. It was a random find at a local gun shop for $30. Nothing special about it, but it's always fun finding that one item at a place knowing you got to it first!
The shell and liner are in pretty decent shape, although the stamp on the reverse of the liner is somewhat illegible. I can make out "Equipment Division" at the top. I assume the next line is "Inspected and Passed", and the line below is the inspector (No. 4)? Finally " __ Dept U.S.A.". Any ideas what the complete stamp says, or maybe a photo of a more legible stamp?
I searched around, but not too much info on the interior stamps. Also, can you tell who the helmet manufacturer is off of the lot# imprint?
Any help you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks!