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Vietnam War USMC Tropical Helmet -
Tropical weather is hot. The heat and exposure to the sun can wear down the troops. The need to develop a hat to suit the weather conditions was on. The answer came in the form of a lightweight tropical hat.

The item featured here is a United States Marine Corps helmet. As issued during the US involvement in the Vietnam war.


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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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The design of the tropical helmet consisted of a lightweight, cardboard-like, shell with a circular rim for perimeter. Khaki in color with a green inside. The hat had a few metal grommets on the side for ventilation purposes.

the suspension consisted of a leather chin strap. This was sufficient due to how little the hat weighed. A cloth chin strap was secured to the body via the use of riveted posts. Black ink markings are applied to the inside. The information reads as follows:

14
Helmet Sun
DSA-100-4035
8415-161-4773






US headgear in general 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.





PRICING GUIDE INFORMATION

The value for the US Army 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 $60.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade B B B B B


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