Original WWI Austro-Hungarian M17 Steel Helmet with Partial Liner & Chinstrap - Size 64 Shell

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition Genuine WWI Austro-Hungarian Model 1917 helmet with an original standard Olive Green / Brown "Isonzo braun" paint. The paint is well retained, something we do not often see, as many of these helmets were repainted during the war or after. The helmet is missing some of the liner as shown, which is deteriorated as well, however there is for some reason an extra horse-hair pad included. It also has a complete canvas chin strap with a working buckle, which just has a few small tears. All three liner split pins are intact, though for some reason the thicker rear split pin has been moved to the front left.

We have measured the helmets exterior, and it is definitely a size 64 shell. There are no maker marks on the inside of the shell. This is not abnormal for Austro-Hungarian M17 helmets, as many of the makers used only ink stamps, and the rolling mill code is on the outside of the crown, which is easily painted over. However, with the original paint, the rolling mill marking of L 1 2 6 is still visible, indicating the steel was rolled at Ludwikow.

The helmet still has the correct "stepped" vent hole lugs, for attachment of a "stirnpanzer" helmet plate. This indicates that this is definitely a size 64 shell, as the size 66 would not have the step, and a 62 would have a much thicker step.

This is a great chance to pick up a very nice Austro-Hungarian "Great War" helmet, still in the original issued configuration. 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

Ludwikow L

Bleckmann B

Poldi P

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