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M16 Camo Helmet Mailed Home by General H.A. Allen
Old 01-30-2012, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default M16 Camo Helmet Mailed Home by General H.A. Allen

Here's a neat find I picked up on Saturday. It has a different, more angular patten of camo. Unfortunately the camo is only about 70% intact, but the base color is still good where the thicker camo colors have worn off.

Brigadier General H.A. Allen served in the Mexican Border Conflict. He was also Brigadier General of the 56th Infantry Brigade, which was part of the 28th Division A.E.F., I believe.

The helmet was apparently mailed home to his mother-in-law. I acquired it from someone who purchased it in 1980 in Red Oak, Iowa, and has had it up until Saturday. Unfortunately the postage stamps are long gone, and you can see the zig-zag edge traces where the camo paint pulled off when the stamps came off, to the lower right of the shipping address tape.

The pads are all there, a bit dry, with the wearer's left side pad starting to tear a bit at the leather band. Cushions are intact. Chistrap is missing the buckle on one end, as it ripped, and is it is also torn about half-way through at the other buckle side. No tie string for the pads, but at least the tongues are all present, and not torn through at all on any of the holes for the tongues.

Named to a G. Schmidt. in pencil & paint. ET64 maker marked shell.

I look forward to your comments!

All the Best,

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I like it a lot, and because it has my name on it...

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Great piece of First War history!
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Wonderful Helmet Alan.

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That's not only a fantastic helmet, but also a great piece of history! Great find!

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What a spectacular helmet! Very beautiful camo paint, and then the address just completely knocks it out of the ballpark! Awesome Lid!
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Such a cool helmet, very nice!

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Alan, Another Cracking Helmet For Your Collection
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Thank you gentlemen for your kind comments!

All the Best,

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