U.S. Model 1918 “Liberty Bell” Experimental Helmet With Liner and Chinstrap
Model 1918 “Liberty Bell” helmet, 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. Helmet retains most of its original shell paint, leather chin strap, dome pad and liner. Leather in very good condition, generally not the case with these helmets. Back of the helmet is painted in thin red letters “Bordeaux 1918”.