trenchtrotter, on 06 February 2012 - 02:01 PM, said:
I dont think officer. Most US helmets had decals and souvenir / cammo paint finishes applied on the way back to the USA after the Armistice. There was a cottage industry of artists at the French harbours and on the boats home who would paint to order. The EGA was unlikely to have been applied during the war service at the front. I am yet to be made aware of a helmet dug up with the EGA affixed.
This helmet could have been prepped for a Stateside victory parade. Neverthelsee a rare WW1 USMC item.
You may be pleased to know that an American WW1 helmet, very similar to your's, same Divisional emblem, same Marine Corps badge affixed, but no liner, is up for sale with a very reputable and knowledgeable US. Dealer for $750 ( 500 pounds ).
" WWI 1ST Battalion 5TH Regiment, 2ND Division Helmet. Lacks liner and chin strap. Not the best one we have ever offered but still a great helmet. $750 ".
Some photographs attached.