After 1 year of research & development, we are glad to make available our Hawley liner reproductions for collectors and reenactors !
Hawley fibre liners were commonly used during the early war period. In fact, it is difficult to do an early war impression without one... They were extensively used by the USMC in the Pacific (Guadalcanal, Gilbert and Marshall Islands, etc).
Question is whether you want to use a real one for reenacting? They are quite rare, very fragile, and especially the ones in good and usable condition have become very pricy...
With this super durable and functional resin repro, no need to worry about taking your fragile and priceless cardboard liner into the rain and mud during reenactments. It comes ready to be used : complete early war rayon suspension with rectangular washers, snap in sweatband, napestrap, and first pattern fixed leather chinstrap.
LINER SHAPE :
Unlike many Hawley reproductions available on the market today, this is NOT a high-pressure or post-WW2 converted liner. This repro liner was molded from an original WW2 Hawley model. So the very distinctive dome and brim silouhettes are faithfully reproduced. The very common deformed shape of the liner around the rivets holding the suspension is also reproduced. Even the structure of the outer fabric and the small cracks on the brim of the original master model are visible !
Original Hawley liners were made of compressed cardboard fibre, and covered with a cloth stretched over their outer surface, tucking under the rim into a bevel (a key characteristic of all Hawley liners). They were fairly fragile and prone to breakage, and could be damaged easily if they got wet. For durability purpose during reenactments, this repro Hawley liner is made of solid resin.
LINER COLOR :
Most Hawley liner resin repros available on the market today are made of white or transparent resin, then sprayed inside and out with OD paint. We tried that too in the first place, but this has a major drawback : paint may wear off and scratch over time where it comes into contact with your steel shell, revealing the white/transparent resin beneath. After further research and development, we managed to color the resin itself prior to casting. This achieves a more permanent stability of the surface color, and ensures a better durability of the liner.
Original Hawley liners are two-colored. The outside cloth is khaki green, and the inside fibre is painted OD green. Depending on condition, original Hawley liners outer cloths have a wide variety of shades : going from dark green to light khaki green (almost beige or grey). Reproducing the right colors was tricky. We decided to go for an "olive grey" color on the outside, and OD green on the inside (to mimic the contrast between the outer cloth and the inner fiber). Some may think the outer color is perfect, some may think it's too light... Feel free to repaint the outside of the liner as you like if necessary 😉
WEBBING / SUSPENSION :
Original Hawley liners had silver-white rayon webbing, riveted onto the body with rectangular aluminium washers (while later washers were 'A' shaped, which became standard in all later liners). Our repro webbing features the best reproduction Rayon webbing available on the market.
The headband of the Hawley was non-adjustable and snapped into the webbing studs. Only the forehead area was covered with a sewn leather piece. Our repro headband is made in the same material than the webbing, with a genuine leather piece in the front. Strap and leather are sewn together.
You have to select headband size before ordering. If you're not sure about your size, take the largest available (better too large than too small 😉). If your size is not available, please contact us before ordering to see if we can make a custom-sized headband for you.
The first pattern fixed leather chinstrap is made by one of our suppliers, with a quality genuine leather piece.
⚠️ We recommend you to avoid installing and removing the liner hundreds of times from your M1 steel pot. The outer "fabric texture" of the resin may wear off where it comes into contact with your steel shell. This is normal and just like with original Hawleys : texture is not indestructible. Just install the liner in the steel shell, and leave it there.
⚠️ We also recommend you to avoid fastening and unfastening the snaps of the headband and neckband. Snaps are stiff, and you could weaken the webbing strap where the snaps are attached. In fact, you don't need to detach headband and neckband. Just leave them in place for better durability.
⚠️ This Hawley liner repro is more solid and durable than original cardboard ones. However it is not indestructible. Take care of it like you would with a real one. Of course it may break if your helmet falls on the floor.
⚠️ This Hawley repro is not a factory mass-produced liner. It is 100% handmade by us from A to Z, and therefore not 100% "perfect". For example, resin may have some minor molding defects on the outside, or some traces of sanding on the inside. Each piece is unique. No surprises, you buy the exact model presented in photo. We try to show as many details as possible on photos. If you have a specific question regarding one detail or element, do not hesitate to ask us before buying, we'll be glad to send you some more photos.
⚠️ We cannot guarantee that the color you see on photos accurately portrays the true color of the product. This is due to the fact that every computer monitor has a different capability to display colors and that everyone sees these colors differently. We try to edit our photos to show the products as life-like as possible, but please understand the actual colour may vary slightly from your monitor.
⚠️ There are a few other manufacturers making repro Hawley liners and parts. We cannot guarantee that our parts (liner shell, webbing, sweatband, snaps, etc.) are compatible with other original or repro liner parts available on the market.
⚠️ Just like the real deal, this repro Hawley liner will fit WW2-era high-dome M1 steel shells. We cannot guarantee it will fit post-WW2 low-dome M1 shells and clones.
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF SALE :
📦 Shipping : we always carefully pack our products, and provide a tracking number. Once your order is dispatched, we are no longer responsible for lost, held, damaged packages, or any kind of error from carrier.
🚫 No returns will be accepted.
ℹ️ You buy with full knowledge of all the elements mentioned above.
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I am François, founder and manager of ww2gear.
As far as I can remember, I have always been a WW2 history buff.
The ww2gear adventure started back in 2017 with the creation of the @ww2gear Instagram page. Since then, I have developed increasing interest for WW2 reenactment.
One thing led to another, and I quickly joined a U.S. Army reenactment group in Belgium : The BRO.
Simultaneously, I started creating repro gear for myself and a few friends, in line with the concrete needs of WW2 collectors and reenactors. It quickly became a serious business, which led to a full time job in 2021.
Most products available on this webshop are handcrafted by myself or artisans, which explains our limited assortment strategy.
I am a passionate person, working to enhance your passion.
Do not hesitate to contact me! 🤘