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US M1917 helmet

Article about: Hi all, I have this helmet US M1917: brown textured paint shell marked ZA209 size 7-1/8 liner is marked but I can not identify the manufacturer. I'm not an expert on these helmets, I ask you

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    Hi all,
    I have this helmet US M1917:
    brown textured paint
    shell marked ZA209
    size 7-1/8
    liner is marked but I can not identify the manufacturer.
    I'm not an expert on these helmets, I ask your opinions on this piece and any information, in particular on markings and manufacturers of shell and liner, is very welcome.

    greetings
    Roberto

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    It is a US made helmet.
    I am no expert on the shell manufacturing stamp. Can't help you there friend.

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    Hi Steve,
    I thank you anyway.

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    Known makers of WWI American helmets:

    Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Co. 1,150,775 made
    Sparks, Withington Co. 473,469 made
    Crosby Co. 469,968 made
    Bossett Corporation 116,735 made
    Columbian Enameling & Stamping Co. 268,850 made
    Worchester Pressed Steel Co 193,840 made
    Benjamin Electric Co. 33,600 made

    Known heat-stamp markings in WWI American helemts:

    UC
    YJ
    ZA
    ZB
    ZC Columbian Enamaling and Stamping Company
    ZD
    ZF
    ZH
    ZJ
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    Great information, Ade
    It is what I need!

    Thanks
    Roberto

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    Great conditioned example of a ww1 Dough boy steel Brodie Helmet,nice one indeed.............
    With Regards Jake.

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    Thanks, Jake
    I believe that this was never distributed, the chinstrap is still in the storage position; I have another interesting, camouflaged with glue and sand. I will post as soon as I can.

    greetings
    Roberto

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    Very nice helmet Roberto and in very good condition for almost 100 years old, thanks for posting it


    Matt

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    True, Matt
    often these helmet lacks the chinstrap, or have very fragile leather.

    greetings
    Roberto

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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    Known makers of WWI American helmets:

    Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Co. 1,150,775 made
    Sparks, Withington Co. 473,469 made
    Crosby Co. 469,968 made
    Bossett Corporation 116,735 made
    Columbian Enameling & Stamping Co. 268,850 made
    Worchester Pressed Steel Co 193,840 made
    Benjamin Electric Co. 33,600 made

    Known heat-stamp markings in WWI American helemts:

    UC
    YJ
    ZA
    ZB
    ZC Columbian Enamaling and Stamping Company
    ZD
    ZF
    ZH
    ZJ
    Despite extensive archival research, I have yet to uncover any evidence that Benjamin Electric manufactured m1917 helmets, and ZC is definitely NOT Columbian Enameling and Stamping.

    Based on correlations between the shell stampings and dated liners, the ZA209 code suggests manufacture in the fall of 1918. The company represented by the letter A was among the most prolific producers of m1917 helmets.

    The liner manufacturer is The Leatherwear Company of America, and it was made in 1918, since the company moved to that address at the beginning of the year.

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