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U.S. MILITARY => HELMETS => Topic started by: anton67 on June 12, 2017, 09:50:14 AM

Title: WWI Era Helmet - US or something else???
Post by: anton67 on June 12, 2017, 09:50:14 AM
Hi,
Does anyone know whether this is a US helmet?
It could be a home defense helmet or a rare variant.  Just not sure.
If not, I am guessing Brittish?
Title: Re: WWI Era Helmet - US or something else???
Post by: anton67 on June 12, 2017, 09:52:35 AM
The issue I see with it is that US helmets had leather chinstraps.
I know Brits used cloth chinstraps during WWII but they were rubbery not like these.
Also what is the significance of a huge white circle on the helmet???
Title: Re: WWI Era Helmet - US or something else???
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on June 12, 2017, 01:19:02 PM
The split rivets indicate that it is a British made helmet...any visible stampings under the rim? The chinstrap is definitely non-standard...probably jury-rigged by a previous user or collector?
Title: Re: WWI Era Helmet - US or something else???
Post by: anton67 on June 12, 2017, 04:24:04 PM
Hi Ian.
No markings that I can see in the photos that I was provided.
I also wonder about the big white circle.
I talked to Eric (MasonK) and we speculated that it may be civilian use.
I assume the chinstrap must be an added addition then.
Title: Re: WWI Era Helmet - US or something else???
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on June 13, 2017, 01:33:43 AM
Hi Ian.
No markings that I can see in the photos that I was provided.
I also wonder about the big white circle.
I talked to Eric (MasonK) and we speculated that it may be civilian use.
I assume the chinstrap must be an added addition then.

That would be my assumption too.
Title: Re: WWI Era Helmet - US or something else???
Post by: Masonk on June 13, 2017, 10:42:06 AM
I'm thinking civil defense or even police use. Definitely not worth the asking price you mentioned, Mark.
Title: Re: WWI Era Helmet - US or something else???
Post by: anton67 on June 16, 2017, 04:43:33 PM
Thanks guys