October 31, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


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U.S. Experimental Model 1918 "Liberty Bell" Helmet

Steel with  woven chinstrap, painted cloth sweatband, felt and steel liner suspension.  Olive drab paint with single-band suspension liner.

Designed by United States Army Major James E. McNary as a replacement for the Model 1917.  1,000 to 2,000 models were manufactured in France for trials, where the helmet proved very unpopular with troops due to its relatively low degree of protection as well as displeasing aesthetics.  Two types of liners were utilized, one with a three-pad system similar to many contemporary European models and the other with the single liner band which this example exhibits.  Due to its unpopularity, the project was abandoned in 1920.  

Condition:

Good overall.  Some scratches to external and internal paint with some light rust to interior of shell.  Some flaking of finish to liner band.  Liner appears to be original with some fraying to edges of chinstrap.

Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,520
10/31/2019

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