1953 USMC Blue Anchor Overall:
This new old stock example still has the original contract stamp from 1953. You can see the double stitched seam where the two pieces of the cover are sewn together. These early 50’s covers also have the loop stitch around the cover ears that get tucked into the steel pot. The USMC eagle, globe and anchor is stamped in black on both the frog skin side and sand side. These Korean War era covers were used by Marines during Vietnam.
4-2-1959 USMC Mitchell Pattern Cover:
There were two contract dates for the 1959 USMC Mitchell Pattern cover. The first being dated 4-259 on the white label. These examples have the contract labels sewn on the inside flap of the sand side. This is true for both the April and December versions. This is the only type of Mitchell Helmet Cover to have sewn in labels. All others appear with black contract stamps.
12-10-59 USMC Mitchell Pattern Cover:
This second contract is dated 12-10-59. This example has the white contract label sewn on the inside flap of the sand side as well. The material used for these covers was a denim like cotton with the leaf pattern printed on one side and the sand pattern camo printed on the reverse side. The material is somewhat light weight and you can see green colors bleed through when you look at the sand side pattern.
1962 Contract Date – DSA-1-811-C-62
This is by far my favorite Mitchell Pattern cover contracted during the Vietnam War era. The 1962 dated covers were created using a very distinct cotton “denim like” material and the print on a new old stock cover like this one bleeds through on each side showing either green bleeding into the tan or the dark brown bleeding into the green. These covers have the short flap / ears and the contract date spread apart in three lines. These covers almost have a glowing look when you look at the lighter background the leaves sit on.
1963 Contract Date – DSA-1-1940-63-C
This cover is dated 1963 and was made with the short flaps. These covers are made with the earlier light cotton material. The cotton material is not as stiff as the contracts made from 1964 on.