I need some help identify a recent purchase. Yesterday I was in an art gallery in Northern Nj. Sitting right on the fireplace mantle was this beautiful helmet. It was labeled "WWI Drummer Boys Helmet". I am no expert, but I know there was no drummer boy wearing this Artillery Officers helmet. To the best of my ability it looks all original. The chin scales and leather strap are definitely original. It looks like its never been worn. The lining on the inside has come un done a bit, but other than that, its in nearly perfect condition. The wappen has what looks to be a small colonial eagle soldered in between the legs. This is something I have never seen before. Perhaps a veteran of a colonial occupation? One other things I would like to know is, what was that little loop on the underside of the back rim used for? If anyone would care to share their oppinion it would be much appeciated.