It is unknown what is any maker marks these companies used. There were at least six British helmet manufactures and nine steel suppliers. If you can bring that colour up over the rest of the helmet I think you'll do it a service. A lot of these police brodie helmets only have the steel supplier and batch number stamp marks on them, the date stamp could be under the chin strap lug. The bodies were made by Transvaal Steel Pressing Syndicate, and the liners by Jager Rand. It was adopted by all British and Commonwealth Troops and by the United States when it entered the war in 1917. They also typically have sand mixed into the paint as opposed to sawdust.
Just to point out that there are helmets for reenactors being made. The only other possible identifying characteristic is that the hook for the chin strap is attached with split pin, not rivet. I find the M1 an excellent helmet when properly adjusted. Brodie Helmets began to be introduced to British and Canadian troops in late 1915 The Brodie helmet was a steel designed and patented in London in 1915 by John Leopold Brodie. Cases have occurred in which the wearers have been hit, but saved by these helmets from what without them would have meant certain death. The first one million Brodie helmets were distributed in the summer of 1916. I'm looking forward to your photos.
With such a helmet the rim could have been removed and the old rivets drilled out. In 1915, John Brodie patented his design for a helmet for British forces, leading to the common nomenclature of Brodie helmets. In 1917 the liner was modified to include a rubber cushion to make it more comfortable this was not adopted for the M1917. Looks a little too 'green' for Apple green, but its hard to tell at the moment. It had a shallow circular crown with a wide brim around the edge, a leather liner, and a leather chinstrap. Pic 3 A Leather helmet also made by Cromwell.
Canadian infantry of the 27th Battalion with a Lewis machine gun The Germans entered the war with or Pickelhelm which offered nearly no protection against shrapnel fire. Some use Brodie helmets as substitute Medieval chapeaux-de-fer. Hello, Vince - I went home and checked my records and refreshed my memory. Will definately try paint stripper next but as you suggest will not leave on too long. It was made of die cast nickel and silicon steel weighing up to 1. Ive just finished making some replacement parts for a spare mills bomb I have new clip etc.
Any ideas would be appreciated. The liners were made by Dunlop Rubber Co Ltd. Ill try to determine if the X H P is of Belgian post war origin. They are usually maker-marked somewhere inside the liner in blue, purple or black ink. Also, where can I purchase replacement clips as Ive noticed they are only held in place by a split pin type fitting. P17 are of a completely different design. Made of rubberized canvas, with a fiber plastic ring and cross supports, molded rubber center cross headpiece, molded rubber buffers, brass bolt with nut and draw string.
At the outbreak of World War I, steel helmets were not provided to the troops. The War Office Invention Department was asked to evaluate the French design but they decided that it was not strong enough and was too complex to be swiftly manufactured—the British industry was not geared up to an all-out effort of war production in the initial stages of World War I, which also led to the shell shortage of 1915. Troops from other countries in the also used the Brodie helmet as did the when they entered the war in 1917. The actual liner is black Oil Cloth sewn onto a canvas ring which is reinforced around the edges with leather and canvas, and has small pockets containing a composite material designed to give the wearer's head a buffer between the steel helmet and the head liner. Regards, Leo Thanks for your help Leo and posting photos of what look like two very nice examples.
The unpainted shell was dipped onto a vat of olive paint. Soldiers of most nations went into battle wearing cloth, felt, or leather headgear that offered no protection from modern weapons. The Belgian helmet is a few millimeters longer, front to back, than its British Counterpart. They also have a similar liner and chinstrap. In 1959 a new, more padded, liner was introduced into service but the steel helmet body was unchanged. The rest of the shell is quite flat apart from the rough paint finish. A design patented in 1915 by John L.
Here is an example of the South African Brodie type helmet with 3-holes, not to be confused with the British 3-hole Brodie. Ill let you know when I find out something new. Any suggestions as to the best way of trying to restore to a more original condition? Private Purchase Helmets Non Metal Type After the fall of Dunkirk steel helmets were scarce and priority of steel helmets went to the Government and armed services. All 3 types were used mainly in Ammunition Factory's and had a leather or rubberised chinstraps, some Officers in the Home Guard used the Bakelite helmets. The design draws inspiration from the medieval kettle helmet, being designed to protect the wearer from missiles from above. Both were manufactured using a similar process.
Dave Just purchased these two items, Lee Enfield and Brodie. Leatherwear Co of America - Brooklyn - New York. The wool cover has rotten away on this original Mark I exposing the rubber doughnut. This is due to the split rivet shearing away from strain and the near constant moister of the Western Front. Some lining remains inside but Im not too bothered as I intend to wall mount it, but would like to find a strap as well. This seems to be the case on mine although that could be due to the edge rusting away over time I suppose.
As a result, the helmet was later modified to a light khaki green, and covered with sawdust and cork, giving it a dull and non-reflective surface. If there is anything, in my experience it tends to be under the front end, although I appreciate you may well not be able to tell the front from the back. Crosby Co - Buffalo - New York. I have posted inquiries in other forums as well. During the first year of , none of the combatants offered steel helmets to their troops. However it was a slow process to replace all previous helmets due to a high expense of the new design. The rubber ring is overlaid with a felt pad, which is secured to the helmet dome with a rivet.