WW1 BRITISH OFFICERS STEEL (BRODIE) HELMET PRIVATE PURCHASE.
Whilst WW1 Army issued steel (Brodie) helmets are getting hard to find, an Officers private purchase one is even harder.
In WW1 the Brodie helmet were issued to Commonwealth troops and were also made in the US and issued to US troops. The ability to tell the difference lies the chinstrap bales. The US made helmets attached the bales to the helmet with a dome rivet and the British made helmets used a split pin. This helmet has the split pins. It has a weathered finish to the outside showing a lot of use during WW1. The chinstrap is broken but is present. The leather liner is present and clearly marked to the makers HAWKES and CO who were located in Saville Row London there is also a registration number of 689840 stamped.