thank you steve for the information i will have to look at the lug in more detail as you say it would be pointless to cut off i will try and post a closer pic including the inside of the shell ,thanks again james
I am no expert on WW I relics, but I am an expert on American Civil War relics. I would say the condition suggests either a barn find or a battlefield pick up within 5 years of the end of the war. Not a dug relic. The remaining paint is probably original to the shell. Very nice example of a helmet that as we Civil War collectors say "saw the elephant".