A great looking helmet! Probably with the rubber ring under the beige felt pad dating it (from memory so don't quote me) to post May 1917 or thereabouts.
They're often found in the US in the condition shown so I wonder if the E100 has something to do with the US army? Hopefully someone with more knowledge can help you out.
Thanks for your reply! This one ks coming out of the US so I'm assuming an American soldier brought it home!
In helmets with the rubber ring, doesn't the leather chinstrap kind of "bump" over where the ring would be? (For lack of a better explanation, will find a pic tomorrow)
Also, does the E100 paint look too fresh to you? Although the paint lookslike its been there a while, there's no scratches on it!
The netting is there to make it a bit more comfy to wear I suppose and I imagine the rubber ring was added for the same reason so it must have been ok otherwise the men would have ripped them out.
Have a look here .: World War Helmets - Casque Mark I :.
The paint would have to be looked in hand but even if it was fresh, it wouldn't worry me. It could even be a museum inventory number.
Ok, thank you! I'm not sure what to think of this helmet, it's definitely British-made, but has paint that is reminiscent of American use? Is there any definite way to determine whether the paint is US or British? I mainly collect CEF and BEF items so I would like to know!
I like the condition of the helmet, and the "E100" marking makes it much more interesting. It's $160. Does that seem like a good price?
As far as I remember reading the Americans were using French Adrian helmets and British helmets until their war production caught up. It could've been used by the Americans but wouldn't know how to determine that.
Looks to be a good one for a sensible price. I saw one yesterday for £175.
Whatever its just an opinion.