Original French WWI Model 1915 Adrian Helmet in Horizon Blue with Combat Engineer Badge
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice example of a genuine World War I M1915 French Army "Adrian" steel helmet. The helmet retains the original "dark horizon blue" paint on both the interior and exterior, with the expected denting from user in service. It does look to have been repainted once during the war, and the second coat is very well retained. The front of the helmet still has its original French Combat Engineer badge, which is a Cuirass with a Helmet on a Pole. The badge has the standard R F on the armor, for Republique Francaise.
The leather liner is in good shape, with an intact top tie and the leather still supple, with the expected wear. The liner is made from black finished leather with minimal padding, and is still attached to the clips on the shell. The helmet does still have a chin strap, but it is broken at one end, and in delicate condition.
Overall condition of the helmet is very good, and it has a great patina. We have not had many WWI Combat Engineer helmets before, and this is a great example, ready to display!
The M15 Adrian helmet (French: Casque Adrian) was a combat helmet issued to the French Army during World War I. It was the first standard helmet of the French Army and was designed when millions of French troops were engaged in trench warfare, and head wounds from the falling shrapnel generated by the new technique of indirect fire became a frequent cause of battlefield casualties. Introduced in 1915, it was the first modern steel helmet and it served as the basic helmet of many armies well into the 1930s. Initially issued to infantry soldiers, in modified form they were also issued to cavalry and tank crews. A subsequent version, the M26, was used during World War II.
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