WW1 AUSTRIAN M17 HELMET WITH THREE PAD LINER
Between 1916 and 1918 the Germans produced three types of helmets. They are known today by collectors as the M16, M18, and M18 cut-out. M16 shells are often called M17s. The M17 designation is actually referring to the liner, not the shell. In 1917 the Germans changed from using a liner band made from leather to steel. The newer design also called for liner pads made from chromed leather instead of vegetable tanned leather, which held up better in the constant moister of the trenches.
Allied to the Germans were the Austrians and Hungarians who also used the same helmets but were manufactured in Austria, Slovenia and Hungary. There are only 10 known factories that produced helmets during WWI for the Austro/Hungarian armies. Unlike the Germans the Austrian pattern helmet are often found without factory stamps and heating lot codes.
A very nice M17 WW1 helmet in excellent condition for its age showing only minimal use. Original factory paint finish.Original steel liner band with the 3 pad liner in excellent condition. This helmet is an excellent variant and rarer than the German models which were made in their millions and would be an excellent addition to a WW1 helmet collection.