Both the American M1917 helmet and the British “Brodie” helmet
are appropriate for use. The helmet must be olive drab and plain without
insignia nor painted with camouflage patterns.
For an excellent article on the American M1917 helmet –
By Mark A. Renosa
For an article on restoring an American M1917 helmet –
“Restoring the M1917 Helmet”
By Vincent A. Petty
Great War Militaria offers limited quantities
of restored helmets. Original helmet shells are repainted and new reproduction
liners are installed. Price $150.00
Great War Militaria
PO Box 552
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17201
email – firstname.lastname@example.org
website – www.greatwar.com
E-bay has proven to be a great source for
original First World War equipment. There are usually about a dozen
helmets of varying condition that can be found on E-bay on any day.
If you choose E-bay as a source we highly recommend showing the helmets
you intend to bid on to one of the unit leadership. They can advise
whether it is worth bidding on and a fair bidding price. E-bay is also
a great source for a shell for do it yourself restoration, in which
you can install a reproduction liner from Prairie Flower Leather Co.
E-bay website – www.ebay.com
Advance Guard Militaria is another excellent source
for original helmets. They publish a new catalogue eight times a year listing
their current inventory. The catalogue can be found on the web or received
by mail. They provide a fair description and photographs of helmets that are
for sale. Look for a helmet with about 70% or better rough texture remaining
and a liner in decent shape. Plain helmets without unit markings or camouflage
usually are listed in the $70-$100 range.
Advance Guard Militaria
270 State Highway HH
Burfordville, Missouri 63739
573-243-1833 for information
1-800-AEF-1918 for orders
e-mail – email@example.com
website – www.advanceguardmilitaria.com
Do It Yourself
Prairie Flower Leather Co. offers reproduction
M1917 helmet liners for installation into your original shell.
Prairie Flower Leather Co.
RR 3, Box 156B
Ord, NE 68862
e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
website – http://www.cornhusker.net/~pflc/