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WWI Flashed RCHA Helmet

Article about: This is a pretty interesting helmet , it was owned by an uncle of mine . He had a small collection , and after his death I hoped to get for my collection . After years of trying I managed to

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    This is a pretty interesting helmet , it was owned by an uncle of mine . He had a small collection , and after his death I hoped to get for my collection . After years of trying I managed to obtain it from his son . To my surprise it turns out to be a family helmet ! On the underside it was named to a T.J. MacMillan , my family name ! I knew of family in the 10th Canadians and 185th in WWI but not the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery .
    The helmet is also stamp with what looks like A 143 , I don't know much about helmets , but I certainly Love this one ! Hope you all like it too . Finally a helmet that Mark K would want !
    This is my 1000th post ! So when do I get the traveling helmet to paint ? Next week would be fine LOL . Cheers to you all .
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    Morning Chris an interesting Brodie but unfortunately I can not add much more to what you have already disclosed My reference material on Canadian WW I and CEF is quite limited can you confirm that the darker side of the flash is indeed blue in color .
    And if so then the colors would indeed be correct but not in a configuration I have seen before but this certainly does not mean it was not so as the examples I have seen are red over blue and or red and blue side by side as seen in the examples below .
    You are correct though it would be a helmet I would not mind having grace my shelves
    I will send a friend a couple of images of the flash to see if you can be of assistance he has been collecting WW I tin lids for eons perhaps he has seen this particular flash before.

    Regards Mark
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    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    Thanks Mark , I'm glad you like it . It took me along time to get it so it's even more dear .
    And with the family connection , I couldn't ask for more . Thanks Again Mark

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    No worries Chris just wish I could have been more help I will see if I can find anything else out about it from a couple of different sources.

    Regards Mark
    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    Very nice helmet and thanks for posting it, it is always nice to have something from family in your collection.

    Matt

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    Is there another letter in front of the 'A'? the A indicates Edgar Allen as the steel supplier, typically on these there is an 'M' i.e. M/A *** for J & J Maxfield & Sons manufacturers active between 1916-18.

    I agree the flash paint configuration is a bit unusual, but not all the sub formations in the CEF as used on helmets are well documented. The paint is quite bright. It may have been done postwar for a reunion, in the 30's sometime perhaps (?) - a lot of guys did this and they didn't always recollect things with respect to exact detail on flashes exactly correctly.

    So anyway, nice family piece to have.

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    There may be a faint / before the A but no real sign of the M . I believe the paint to be period , because it appears to be the same yellow used for the name . I don't think you'd name your helmet for a reunion . Also there are faint spots of blue under close inspection . Here is another photo , the blue looks black in this photo . Thanks for the replies !
    Cheers
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