C067884 WWI CANADIAN 85TH BTLN MARK I COMBAT HELMET.

BACKGROUND: The first "modern" steel helmets were introduced by the French army in early 1915 and were shortly followed by the British army later that year. The M15 helmet became known as the MK I or "Brodie" after its inventor John Leopold Brodie and by July 1916 over a million of them had been delivered. The design allowed for easy mass production using "Hadfield's" manganese steel and protected the wearer from shell fragments and air-burst shrapnel.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A first pattern, raw edge, Mark l non-magnetic hardened manganese steel helmet. Nice complete liner and chinstrap system. The exterior surface is finished with rough, sand-infused mustard-yellow paint. To the underside of the rear brim of the helmet body is stamped "HV" and "603", being the steel supplier's initial and the code numbers for the batch of steel the helmet was made from. Painted to the front of the helmet is a formation patch consisting of a green rectangle with a smaller cobalt blue rectangle above. This would indicate the 85th Infantry Battalion "Nova Scotia Highlanders", 4th Canadian Division, Halifax Nova Scotia. Shows the expected age for being almost 100 years old. Very nice, complete original example.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $

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