Item W-21 US M1917 Helmet; 89th Division
is one of the "Holy Grails" of US WW1 helmet collectors. It is a 100% original
5th Marine regiment helmet with original applied EGA device and painted Indian
head on a red square (indicating the insignia of the 1st Battalion/5th marine
regiment of Belleau wood fame) The helmet has the name "Cox" engraved onto the
leather chinstrap. I have owned this helmet for 20 years. Back when I first
got it, I remember checking the 1919 printed 2nd division unit history and
there is a Marine of the 1st Battalion 5th regiment namjed Cox who received
the croix de Guerre. The helmet is a British Brodie which was the type issued
to the first US troops who arrived to France in late 1917.
Item W-22 US M1917 Helmet; 89th Division
was painted as a souvenir just after the war. I would guess it was done before
1940 anyway. Very nicely executed hand rendered painting of a 77th division
insignia. The helmet exterior was smoothened for the repaint but the interior
retains the factory textured paint. Liner is intact and sound. No chinstrap.
Item W-20 US WW1 Helmet; 35th Division
is a British supplied Brodie pattern. It bears the dual sided insignias of the
139th infantry brigade. The stenciled "G" above the insignia is unknown to me.
The headliner has moth damage but the liner and strap are intact.