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About Ethan

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    North Carolina, United States of America
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    I like to collect helmets mainly, I am particularly interested in German Stahlhelms, which I have a couple of in my collection.

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  1. Beautiful dagger, its truly an amazing piece of art and a great weapon.
  2. Ethan

    Some nice portrate pics

    Very cool pictures, especially like the one with the drummer on the horse.
  3. Thanks, the helmet is definitely one of my favorites in my collection.
  4. Thank you for informing me on this, much appreciated, always nice to learn more. ?
  5. Please ignore this post, I have found out what the emblem is, it means that the soldier was in an African American unit.
  6. So, I made a big mistake, the helmet is not British, it is American, it has the British rivets because in 1917 the Americans purchased 400,000 British helmets, but in 1918, they started making they're own. As it says in the post, the early Kelly helmets were from WW1 helmets that they had repainted and given a new liner. The British WW1 rivets confused me, and it made me assume it was British with out looking more into it. The reason for the British rivets are probably because it was in the 400,000 purchased British helmets, but was in the Kelly helmets that were refurbished WW1 shells. I am sorry for the initial misinformation. I originally tried to edit it but the post was posted too long ago.
  7. Nice story, thank you for sharing the link. ?
  8. This is a British WW2 era Kelly helmet, that I thought that I would show, since I am new to this website. The Kelly helmet has an adjustable liner and was developed for the second world war, there is three adjustment options but there is only one size of liner, since it is adjustable. There is a pad in the middle of the liner which is depicted in the picture of the liner. The "Kelly" helmets have a unique screw on the top which is another way to identify a helmet as being a "Kelly" helmet. When they were first being produced the manufacturers would take a WW1 helmet shell, repaint it, and then put a new liner inside of it (this was ceased later on). I find these helmets interesting as they are unique in the sense that the liners were adjustable.
  9. I can give a guess as to lean one way or the other. -Its a pre M42 -The strap is the right color and shade -The vent hole is flared correctly by the looks of it. -Its not too shiny which is a common mistake by fakers. -It shows signs of wear(though that can be reproduced, just not easily) -The flare on the bill looks a bit off (but that could just be the angle of the camera). Conclusion: I lean more towards it being authentic, but can't be certain, I think that the wires were put there post-war, since there is not usually that fat wire above the bill. Like PioneerRAE said, you can't be certain unless more photos are provided
  10. Ethan

    M1 helmet markings

    That looks like it could be a marine corpsman symbol. Hope you see this, I know I'm late
  11. The wool strip in the helmet is right beneath the leather liner.
  12. Ethan

    White circles?

    They may vary in size, but the circles on the helmet are much, much smaller then anything that I have seen, and after examining other red crosses, there was a big difference between the circles in the helmet pictured above and the majority of the others. You made a good point, that the standard was not always followed through. With out a picture of the liner, it will be difficult to determine what the time period the helmet is from.
  13. Never mind, for some reason it showed the feather being covered up before I Downloaded to the post, don't pay attention to the "FYI" statement I made.
  14. I hope that you see this, you may not, since I am very late, but that may have been possibly been there to hold the helmet onto the belt. The helmet is clearly a Brodie helmet, which was developed by the British. Some german soldiers did a similar thing, they put a small hole in the strap to carry it on they're belt. Although, the holes look like they came out of the factory that is maybe what they're intended use was for. I cannot imagine what else the use of them may have been, though it may also not be a British helmet since the Brodie was used very widely.If you could provide a picture of the lining then that would be a good indicator as to what country the helmet is from, thus giving somewhere to look as to what the definite use of the holes are. Until we have a definite conclusion I am going to estimate that the use of the holes shown in the picture is to hold the helmet by a string to the belt, so that the soldier did not have to wear it all the time, which would have been annoying. Another estimate is that it is not a military helmet and is maybe a civil defense helmet, the civil defense had a lot of symbols on they're helmets, and there is a symbol on the front shown in the picture.