Well it is another day and I have another question. I have a Guard's M'17 helmet with a marking on the rear that I'm not sure about. I know the history of this helmet since 1918 so I do not believe it has been played with.
First off there is no black paint on the helmet, the side shield is white and the original helmet color. But my question is about the marking on the rear. I have always believe that the rear markings were the company's number and that they were painted usually in red. This helmet has what appears to be the letter "C" in white. I said appears to be, as the area next to the letter has had the paint scratched off (down to the metal), so it may have been a "0". Since neither of these are company identifiers anyone know what the marking may mean?
Helmet is marked BF64 (Bellinger size 64), white leather liner, original chin strap with brass hardware.
Again sorry for the quality of the photos.
Thank you all