Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:00 AM
I am fortunate to have 2 WW1 " Brodie " steel helmets in my Collection, both of which are in exceptional all original mint condition, so they may be assistance to you with your restoration project.
Both my helmets are the officially named " Helmet, Steel, Mk.1 " being the 1917 version with the welded double rim, and the improved liner.
The 1917 liner had the modification of a rubber " Doughnut " ring placed in the dome of the helmet for additional head protection.
The rubber ring is overlaid with a felt pad, which is secured to the helmet dome with a rivet. This rivet also secures a leather strap which runs to each side of the helmet, and passes through the chin strap loop. The chin strap loop fitting, a small metal plate, is secured to the helmet rim by a single split pin ( the American helmets used a rivet instead of a split pin ).
The pigskin leather chin strap is is secured at each end by a split pin.
The actual liner is black Oil Cloth sewn onto a canvas ring which is reinforced around the edges with leather and canvas, and has small pockets containing a composite material designed to give the wearer's head a buffer between the steel helmet and the head liner.
A drawstring runs around the base of the liner and through a netting around the edge of the liner, and is used to adjust the fitting of the liner to the wearer's head.
The black Oil Cloth liner is stamped on the inside in red ink with the " Brodie stamp - registration No - Patent No ".
Also present inside the dome of the helmet and secured by the dome rivet, is paper tag giving fitting instructions.
The leather dome strap, is clearly impressed stamped with the helmet size.
The helmet rim has the impressed Maker's Code Mark, one helmet is made by Vickers, Sheffield, and the other by Hadfields of Sheffield.
I shall be happy to provide any measurements you may need.
With regard to the paint finish, one helmet has the finish where the matte paint has been mixed with sand, sawdust or crushed cork to give a non-reflective finish for added camo protection, particularly against snipers. The other helmet has a less rough matte paint finish.
If your helmet has that special sand, sawdust, crushed cork finish applied, it would be extremely important not to remove that finish.