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Ever seen a MKI helmet with broad arrow on padding & brim stamped M/A?

Article about: Has anyone ever come across a MKI helmet with what appears to be a broad arrow ink stamp on the felt padding? The stamp under the brim is new to me too, it's M/A 137. Are these common stamps

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    Default Ever seen a MKI helmet with broad arrow on padding & brim stamped M/A?

    Has anyone ever come across a MKI helmet with what appears to be a broad arrow ink stamp on the felt padding?

    The stamp under the brim is new to me too, it's M/A 137.

    Are these common stamps I've just never come across in the past?

    Tony
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    Hello
    I suppose
    M for Maxfield (manufacturer) and A for Allen (steel supplier)
    steel batch 137

    cordially
    Didier

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    Thanks Didier!

    I’d have expected to see M & S for Maxfield and Sons but yes of course, it must be Maxfield and Edgar Allen supplying the steel.

    Tony

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    Morning Tony,
    interesting and never seen the broad arrow on the felt padding.
    Regarding the stamp, what bichon says is correct, I show you this photo of a Mk1 helmet in my collection marked Maxfield/Allen and steel batch 133.

    Cheers
    Roberto

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    Quote by OldSteel View Post
    Morning Tony,
    interesting and never seen the broad arrow on the felt padding.
    Regarding the stamp, what bichon says is correct, I show you this photo of a Mk1 helmet in my collection marked Maxfield/Allen and steel batch 133.

    Cheers
    Roberto

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    And yours is rimless or has it lost its rim?

    Yes the broad arrow has me stumped.

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    Hi Tony,
    my helmet is an example used and refurbished by US Army, I do not know if it is a rimless or has lost it before or during the reconditioning, I show you photos.
    Observing the top seems that is born so, if instead look at the bottom you notice a sign that may have been left by the edge, or simply it is the trace left by the paint casting in contact with the support surface.
    I never found the answer, maybe tell me what you think.

    Cheers
    Roberto


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    Roberto mate, looking under the brim it appears the rim may have been removed.

    Have a look at this thread I came across when searching for the M/A stamp, it might be of interest as size differences between rimmed and rimless are shown however, it's not a definitive answer BRODIE BATCH NUMBERS - Other Equipment - Great War Forum

    Tony

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    Quote by ynot View Post
    Roberto mate, looking under the brim it appears the rim may have been removed.

    Have a look at this thread I came across when searching for the M/A stamp, it might be of interest as size differences between rimmed and rimless are shown however, it's not a definitive answer BRODIE BATCH NUMBERS - Other Equipment - Great War Forum

    Tony
    Thanks Tony,
    good link full of information, I need a little time to translate it in Italian and understand all the details, but already from a first reading I understand that the assembly between edge raw shells, with type 1 and 2 liner, was something very common during the transition period towards the rimmed shells.
    You suggested me new points for deepen the topic.

    Cheers
    Roberto

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