Original WWI Austro-Hungarian M17 Medic Steel Helmet with Partial Liner - Size 66
Original Item: Genuine WWI Austro-Hungarian Model 1917 helmet with an original field medic paint scheme. The helmet originally was painted with the standard Olive Green / Brown "Isonzo braun" paint, which is still present on the interior. The helmet is missing part of the liner and chinstrap as shown, but the steel helmet band is still present, retained by the correct 3 split pins, with the rear one being more substantial.
The paint is so thick that maker and size markings are not legible but based on the size we believe it is shell size 66. This is not abnormal for Austro-Hungarian M17 helmets, as many of the makers used only ink stamps, and the heat lot code was on the outside of the crown, easily painted over. The helmet still has the correct short vent hole lugs without steps, for attachment of a "stirnpanzer" helmet plate. Smaller sized helmets would have a step, but this does not, confirming its larger size.
This is a great chance to pick up a "Great War" medic helmet! Ready to add to your WWI collection!
The Central Powers of Austria-Hungary used, manufactured and commissioned, variations of the World War One German Stahlhelm M16 design. The Austrian M1917 helmet was similar to the German M1916, but had a few variations including the chinstrap,, chinstrap rivets located higher up on the steel shell and variations in locations of markings among others.
Early Austrian helmets were supplied by Germany, the first shells supplied as the chinstrap rivets were mounted in a lower position. The Austrians fitted their own chinstrap bales, chinstraps and liner and painted them in Austrian Isonzo braun. These modifications were carried out with German machinery at the"Adolf Westen di Cilli factory, which is now Celije, in Slovenia.
Austro-Hungarian WWI Helmets Makers-
There are only 9 known factories that produced helmets during WWI for the KUK. Unlike the Germans the Austrian pattern helmet are often found without factory stamps and heating lot codes. When the heating lot codes are present it is often on the outer top dome of the helmet instead of the inside. The following is a table of Manufactures codes of helmets produced by the Austrians. Several of these makers did not stamp the code into the shell of the helmet but rather marked them with an ink stamp. Therefore many Austrian shells will be encountered today that seem to have no maker mark as the ink stamp has worn off, but most will have rolling mill codes.
Maker Name Factory Location Maker code Sizes Model
A. Westen Cilli Celie, Slovenia AW 64 M17
Brüder Gottlieb u. Brauchbar Brunn BGB 66 M17
C. A. Scholtz,Mateocz Sloeakei CAS 66 M17
Berndorfer Metal-Warenfabrik Berndorf, Austria "Bear" logo 66,64
Bruder Lapp, Rottenman u. Warcholowsky Unknown ? M17
Nadrag,Transilvania Transylvania Unknown ? M17
Resicka, Transylvania Transylvania Unknown ? M17
Bleckmann & Poldihutte Klando Boemia Unknown x Stirnpanzer
Gebruder Bohler & Co., Kapfen Austria, Stiria GB "Star" 66 M17
Rolling Mills Marker Code
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