Lot 1291

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World War I-era M15 "Adrian" helmet, with a metal comb affixed to the crown with four pins, and with the insignia of the French infantry - a flaming bomb with the initials "RF"(Republique Francaise) - at the front. The helmet features an intact six-finger brown leather liner, mounted within the shell. Unusually, the exterior of the shell is highly polished, and engraved on the front and rear rims and on the crown with laurel branches. The rear bill is also engraved "1914-1918", and the helmet was likely used in the many victory parades held across France at the conclusion of the war. The chin strap is missing, and the liner is partially detached, else very good. The Adrian is widely considered to be the first steel combat helmet in regular service in the modern era.

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February 19, 2017 10:00 AM EST
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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