WW1 BRITISH OFFICERS FLUTED HELMET, MILD STEEL:
An early war, mild steel fluted private purchase helmet. These were for sale to officers, until their use was forofferden, as the nature of the steel could cause more severe injuries by shattering. Remaining stocks were sold, or transferred to the Portuguese army for their use, often with different liners and chinstraps.
This shell is in good, used condition, with some dents and a couple of repairs. A fair proportion of paint remains. The liner is named to an officer in the 18th Middlesex, who was an early casualty, although this liner is not typical of the type normally fitted in these helmets - it has been replaced at some time in the past., andlooks more like a cap or hat lining. It is typically fixed though, with a string through the purpose made holes around the base of the shell, which are then protected by a leather strap .The leather band to the lining has been padded out with period newspaper, which although not dated, appears to be Edwardian or just pre WW1... The two piece chinstrap is sound and secure...