I know nothing about these so I cannot help you.
Whatever its just an opinion.
My problem with guessing at the age of a leather helmet is not being to handle and smell the leather.
It appears to be a good British aviators cap, nicely marked, although I really don't know shit from shinola about Brit markings.
The leather has such a fresh appearance it is impossible to say for sure.
looks very new for something that's been around for 100years
The number over 'WD' with letter underneath ink stamp is correct for WW1.
Many thanks for your replies Gentelmen.
Steve - I know exactly what you mean about the smell in particular!
As for the condition...yes, it is certainly good, but not overly so - below is another cowl currently for sale - I think probably for somewhere in excess of GBP5 000.
I will wait expectantly for some additional replies prior to doing anything.
Looks like the same maker and age as the cowl. I like it.
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
This looks to be the same helmet being offered by WD Militaria of Carlisle. I believe the asking price is £975. Paul Laidlaw is a well-known dealer who often appears on BBC TV - usually on 'Bargain Hunt.'
Books published to date... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack - Andersonstown'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.
Hi Steve, thank you for the reply.
You are correct.
Many thanks for clarifying the owner - we in the antipodes do not always know of those o/s. However, while I thought it to be a 'good 'un', I will (nearly) always ask if I'm out of my comfort zone.