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  1. The angle of the photograph in the eBay auction is distorting the shape of the helmet. They are not the same shape as a CD helmet. They are virtually identical to m1917 helmets.
  2. It is a between-the-wars commercially-manufactured helmet. The shells are more similar to the m1917 than to CD. The liners are cotton with a drawstring at the crown, and are attached to the helmet by four leather tabs, which are riveted to both the shell and the liner. Paint is typically smooth OD. Some have a decal with the manufacturer's name on the inside of the dome.
  3. "Steal" doesn't even begin to describe it. A few years back, I sold a pretty badly crushed Infantry helmet (probably an NCO, as it was an officers' helmet shell with a chin chain and a yak-hair plume, but it had enlisted cords) for north of $1500.
  4. "The Interallied Victory Medals of World War I" is less comprehensive than I thought, at least as far as units smaller than a division are concerned. That said, the 27th, 30th, 33rd and 80th divisions were entitled to the Somme Offensive clasp.
  5. "The Interallied Victory Medals of World War I" by Alexander Laslo has a pretty decent listing of who was entitled to what. I'll check my copy to see if I can find anything on units that were only entitled to the Somme Offensive clasp.
  6. Unless you have purchaced a 'lid' of 'pot' and smoked it, please do not use those terms. You have not earned the right to.
  7. Dang, you're too fast. Domed rivets = US manufacture.
  8. ZC 44 sounds like a US manufacturer code. The paint color looks more like US. So does the felt padding inside the crown. British padding tends to be tan or light gray, and often has a rubber donut between it and the shell. Dark grey felt is common in US helmets. (The caveat here is that British helmets sometimes had US liners installed in them.) Are the chinstrap bales attached with split rivets or domed rivets? Split rivets are indicative of British manufacture.
  9. British helmets tend to have sand, and it's usually pretty sparse. The paint also tends to be glossier and a lighter color than US helmets. US helmets have a wide variety of 'stuff' in the paint. Most seem to be sawdust, but I have several with really heavy sand coatings. I have heard that a lot of other materials were used as well, including ground peanut shells.
  10. I think it's safe to say that every division has been faked. However, I don't think that the more common divisions are faked nearly as often. If you're just getting started, you're fairly safe with 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, (various sub-units of the) 26th, 27th, 28th, 30th, 33rd, (various sub-units of the) 35th, 77th, 78th, 80th, (various sub-units of the) 89th and 91st division helmets. These are all relatively common, and don't sell for super-high prices. 2nd division helmets are also fairly common, and the less-exotic units don't see fakery quite as much as USMC or MG units. For the 26th,
  11. The very first liner in a Brodie was a six-fingered 'American cloth' liner, sort of similar to the first-pattern leather liners in French Adrian helmets. These should only be found in the very earliest helmets. The next pattern (usually referred to as the first pattern) is found in both the War Office Pattern (rimless Brodie) and the Mark I (rimmed Brodie). It consists of a cloth-backed pad made of felt, lint and asbestos (usually kind of a khaki color) riveted to the top of the helmet, and then the standard oilcloth and net liner. On the inside of the oilcloth portion, you may find a r
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