Original French WWI Model 1915 Adrian Helmet without 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 the both the inside and outside, though it has faded a bit and there are areas of missing paint and rust, as shown. The front of the helmet has the correct double slot front attachment points for a Badge. This helmet would be the perfect place to put an original French Helmet badge that needs a home!
The liner size is probably originally a 58 cm (7 1/4 inches), and is in quite good condition, with the original corrugated aluminum surround. The leather does have some wear, but all of the fingers are intact, with remains of the original top tie strap still attached to the end grommets.
The chin strap is mostly missing, with only about 3 inches still attached to the right side bale.
Overall condition of the helmet is nice, though it does show its age. If you were looking for a nicely priced Adrian Helmet to fill out your WWI collection, this is a great chance!
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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