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    Post by Edward T. on Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:14 pm

    Here's another helmet from the collection. Smile

    A WW1 brodie helmet converted for an air raid warden in the states. Civilian Defense personnel (especially during the early years or locations that didn't get lots of funding) made do with whatever equipment they could get their hands on.

    The helmet is painted white with the warden triangle hand painted on. Also added are D.5,Z.6,C.9, and B.4. I am guessing these were zones that the warden patrolled?

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    Unfortunately nothing is left on the inside except tape residue.

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    The helmet also has the markings FS-158, which according to http://www.greatwarcollection.nl/Html/Brodie.html means it was manufactured by Thomas Firth and Sons in Britain from 1915-1919.
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    Post by misanthropic_gods on Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:19 pm

    Very cool! Are you sure its a Brit Mk1 instead of a US surplus M1917?
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    Post by Edward T. on Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:43 pm

    misanthropic_gods wrote:Very cool! Are you sure its a Brit Mk1 instead of a US surplus M1917?

    Thanks!

    I believe it is a Brit Mk1, but then again I am unsure, as I have never seen both together. scratch

    Using http://www.greatwarcollection.nl/Html/Brodie.html and http://combathelmets.blogspot.com/2008/04/british-mk-1-great-war.html as references, it seems the main differences between the M1917 and MK1 were the Mk1 had split pins and that the rim weld overlaps on the Mk1 while the 1917 doesn't overlap.

    Split rivits:

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    Overlapping rim:

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    Post by Mk1rceme on Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:55 pm

    Yep, MkI
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    Post by misanthropic_gods on Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:14 pm

    Yep, it is a Mk1...very cool. I wonder how that ended up over here!
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    Post by Mk1rceme on Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:26 pm

    Lots of these were sold to and used for many years by the US. I had a MkI converted to an M17-A1 a few years back.
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    Post by Edward T. on Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:54 pm

    Thanks guys for the identification! Very Happy

    Boy, if only these artifacts could talk!
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    Post by Easy Gee on Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:18 am

    Very nice,I love the idea of these Mk1's being recycled like this ,very cool Lid,thanks for showing it Wink
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    Post by Easy Gee on Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:21 am

    BTW, There is a Helmet Thread, in General Discussion.

    I'm not sure a lot of people know it's there Wink
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    Post by Edward T. on Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:50 pm

    Easy Gee wrote:Very nice,I love the idea of these Mk1's being recycled like this ,very cool Lid,thanks for showing it Wink

    Easy Gee wrote:BTW, There is a Helmet Thread, in General Discussion.

    I'm not sure a lot of people know it's there Wink

    Thanks Easy Gee!

    Thanks for pointing out out the helmet thread, if I find anymore lids I'll make sure to post them in there. Smile
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    Post by Easy Gee on Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:18 am

    Edward T. wrote:
    Easy Gee wrote:Very nice,I love the idea of these Mk1's being recycled like this ,very cool Lid,thanks for showing it Wink

    Easy Gee wrote:BTW, There is a Helmet Thread, in General Discussion.

    I'm not sure a lot of people know it's there Wink

    Thanks Easy Gee!

    Thanks for pointing out out the helmet thread, if I find anymore lids I'll make sure to post them in there. Smile



    No worries, it will be cool to see that section growing into a real ref: section for lids Wink

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