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US Field Service Adrian Helmet WWI

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    Well, after months of waiting it has finally arrived. My WWI US Field Service Adrian Helmet.

    One of my bucket list items!! I have never seen another in person.

    This one is in excellent condition given its 100 year old age. While missing the chin strap the leather liner is in fantastic condition and still flexible. Two small dents in the shell which I don't mind at all.

    It is dome stamped "56" however not sure what this indicates.

    The AFS were volunteer ambulance drivers recruited from the Ivy League colleges prior to the US entering the war. I could be wrong but I do not think there were more than 2,500 member.

    Would love to hear your feedback or corrections to my facts!

    Regards,

    Michael

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    Very nice lid !

    '56' is likely the European size number.........
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    Steve.

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    That is a great, and hard to get helmet. Congratulations
    The 56 is the helmet size in cm. The liner probably has stamps on the underneath, but I would leave the drawstring tied up.
    This link will give you some more info on the manufcature of the Adrian helemt and stamps,
    www.world-war-helmets.com/fiche.php?q=Casque-Francais-Adrian-Mle-15 - Translator

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    Quote by Tinhat View Post
    That is a great, and hard to get helmet. Congratulations
    The 56 is the helmet size in cm. The liner probably has stamps on the underneath, but I would leave the drawstring tied up.
    This link will give you some more info on the manufcature of the Adrian helemt and stamps,
    www.world-war-helmets.com/fiche.php?q=Casque-Francais-Adrian-Mle-15 - Translator
    Thanks Tinhat!

    I've been waiting for ages for this to arrive and pretty excited. Haven't found another on WRF but may not have searched correctly.

    Thanks for the fantastic link!!!! It appears to be a Dupeyron manufactured helmet but I will spend more time over the coming days to be sure.

    And yes, not touching the drawstring.

    Regards,

    Michael
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    Nice helmet indeed!
    Note the liner isn't French made. Maybe US?
    Piotrek

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    Quote by ppp p View Post
    Nice helmet indeed!
    Note the liner isn't French made. Maybe US?
    Piotrek
    Piotrek,

    Yes, but it is extremely old and appears original but not sure of the origin. There are few pictures of this helmet to compare to and the ones I have seen are only of the outside.

    Any thoughts anyone?

    Michael
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    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

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    As noted this is one of my favorite helmets and from what I have read extremely rare.

    Was just wondering if anyone else has one of these? This is the only one I've ever seen in person so was hoping to see other examples.....if you have one please post it here.

    Thanks!

    Michael
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    Bravo Micheal a very nice helmet indeed I can not offer up any new information regarding this helmet beyond the facts that have been already stated above but a hell of a helmet indeed please keep us posted of any further developments in your research were did you acquire this example from by the way is there no providence from the previous owner.

    Regards Mark
    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    Quote by kozowy1967 View Post
    Bravo Micheal a very nice helmet indeed I can not offer up any new information regarding this helmet beyond the facts that have been already stated above but a hell of a helmet indeed please keep us posted of any further developments in your research were did you acquire this example from by the way is there no providence from the previous owner.

    Regards Mark
    Thanks Mark.

    I purchased this through a friend/dealer. I will ask him the providence. I am pretty sure he picked it up at a garage sale so any providence it may have had would be lost unfortunately.

    Hopefully someone else has one here and can opine. In the end, I am not overly hopeful given the rarity of this helmet.

    If my research so far is correct, and there were only ~2,500 US volunteers that were issued a helmet like this, I would doubt there would be more than a fraction of this number left in the world.....

    Regards,

    Michael
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

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    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    I know Bugme has one, so I'd start by shooting him a message

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