Maple Creek Posted March 18, 2015 Share #1 Posted March 18, 2015 As the result of purchase at the recent SoS, I am currently the owner of two WWI USMC helmets with EGA badges. The one on the left is an M17 and the one on the top right is an MKI. I'm a helmet collector, not an EGA expert, so please tell me if you think I'm wrong, but I believe that both badges are WWI vintage. One thing I've been told about the original WWI helmets with these badges is that the holes were punched, not drilled. On the MKI the hole is obviously punched. On the M17 it's less obvious, but the mounting bolt is offset indicating uneven surface below. The mounting bolt or disk is firmly stuck so I don't want to try to force it loose for a close look, but I think it's OK. I bought the M17 from a small-scale dealer in upstate New York, who in turn said he got it from the family as I recall. He urged me not to clean it and I haven't. There has been debate as to whether the EGAs were used on Marine helmets during WWI. I've been told that this debate has been settled in favor of EGAs being used during the war, but I haven't see totally convincing photographic evidence. Is there any? For my helmet collection, I like to have pieces that are in their original war time configurations. So, for instance, I don't have any M17s or MKIs with painted unit insignia since these were almost always painted post-armistice. What I like about these two helmets is that they appear as they might have been worn in the field during the First World War. Mark D. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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