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WWI US Army Model 2 Experimental Helmet -
This is a fine example of a US WWI prototype/experimental helmet. Known as the Model 2. It was very similar in shape to the helmets used by the Greeks in the 15th century. The Model 2 was created in 1917. There were approximatelly 2000 helmets created by the Ford company. This is a very rare item.

A few things to note about this helmet include:
  1. The liner consists of a three piece pad.
  2. The chin strap is typical to the pre-WWII used by the US Army.
  3. The liner is secured to the helmet using small rivets. There is no "crown" pad.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for US hats and helmets. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my US headgear worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the hats and helmets is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of US militaria in the collector's market is illustrated.

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  1. FAQ's
  2. Experimental helmet anatomy
  3. Identifying fakes and reproductions
  4. Stamps and manufacturing markings
  5. Construction materials
  6. Pins, hinges and other
  7. Perspective view
  8. Purchasing WWI US Headgear

The liner is composed of three large leather, padded sections. Each pad is attached to a metal ring, which in turn is attached to the helmet. The pads are attached together at the ends via the use of a string.

This is very similar to the suspension system employed by the Europeans.

A chin strap made of canvis is provided. This is identical to the one used in the US WWI helmets. Equipped with a hook at one end to help it secure shut.

The edges of the helmet are rolled to eliminate sharp points that could hurt the soldier.

The crown is riveted as shown below. a close up of one of the ends of the chin strap is also provided.

US headgear is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this headgear. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other American military headgear, you can do so by going to our US Military headgear identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force and other organizations.


The value for the US WWI helmets and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
Value $2,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Availability Very rare Very rare Very rare Very rare Very rare
Invest Grade A+ A+ A+ A+ A+

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