Here's a very showy helmet. A Schleuter, front-seam, swivel bale with Firestone liner all tricked out in chrome and white.
Chrome in such mass has not been seen since the Buicks of the late 1950s!
The leather straps are dyed white.
The shell is marked U.S. Naval Training Center, San Diego (California). This is what really caught my eye when I first saw this lid as I (and zillions of others) am an alum of that august institution by the sea. I attended boot camp at the Recruit Training Command of NTC San Diego as well as Radioman school and teletype repair school.
The purpose of the two grommets is unknown to me. But the grommets represent only the beginning of the chain of mysteries.
The Korean-war era liner interior is complete and quite clean...
with a crisp Firestone logo in the dome.
Both the headband...
and the neckband are marked and somewhat legible.
The butting and spot-welding of the front rim seam are crisp and neatly done.
The custom chinstrap fastens to the interior of the headband with two-position snaps.
And is further adjusted with sliding buckles.
As with nearly all of my Navy M1s this helmet is stamped with the Schleuter "S".
A close-up of one of the mystery grommets. I doubt that these were for ventilation, nor do I think they were to support any screw-back or wire-back insignia (as the insignia is stenciled on). Its a puzzle.
And the puzzle continues thus: when I was a young sailor boy at NTC San Diego I only recall the members of the color guards, the recruit drum and bugle corps, and the fifty-state flag team wearing their typical "white hats". Further, I'm unable to find any photos of NTC personnel tricked-out in chrome helmets.