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Article about: Greetings! I just picked this one up, a M1915 Adrian helmet painted black. Like Italian models, it is not pierced for a badge in the front. The interior, however, has what appears to be an e

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    Greetings! I just picked this one up, a M1915 Adrian helmet painted black. Like Italian models, it is not pierced for a badge in the front. The interior, however, has what appears to be an ersatz felt/wool liner that is quite old and worn. The chinstrap reminds me of the postwar Balkan ones affixed to M33 helmets that are common today.

    The exterior is black and in decent condition. There is general wear to show that it's been on there a while. There are no markings inside or out that I can find. I would appreciate any help identifying where this came from or where it might have been used! Thank you for any direction or insight you might be able to provide--please excuse the poor photos, as my camera was having trouble focusing indoors today.

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    Hello Red Devil,

    Could you give us more detailed shots of the hardware? details about the buckles might help.

    These non-pierced helmets were used by Italy, indeed and by the The Netherlands In small quantyities. These last ended up with the CD in the Netherlands during WW2.
    Cheers Emile

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    Thank you for the reply! We went out of town for a couple days. I got some better photos today. Hopefully we can figure out a connection for this helmet!
    -Johannes

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    And here are the best ones I could get of the chinstrap hardware. I haven't handled a postwar M33 with cloth strap in some time so I don't remember how this one compares.

    What is evident is that the helmet was painted black at least once by spray, with the liner and strap on it as there are overspray marks.

    The liner is affixed by pushing the metal prongs into the felt of the liner.

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