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This WWI painted helmet was in an antique store I was in this pact weekend. I was in a hurry so I didn't bother to ask them to take it out so not the best photos and it is actually made into a lamp shape. What do you think does it look legit?

 

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It's a known style. 

 

You often hear that doughboys had their helmets painted by local artists before shipping out, and judging by the wide variety of units I've seen painted around the rim, I think these may be examples of that phenomenon.

 

I'd want to have a look at it in hand, but I don't see any huge red flags.  It matches nicely with other examples I've seen over the years.

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18 minutes ago, aef1917 said:

It's a known style. 

 

You often hear that doughboys had their helmets painted by local artists before shipping out, and judging by the wide variety of units I've seen painted around the rim, I think these may be examples of that phenomenon.

 

I'd want to have a look at it in hand, but I don't see any huge red flags.  It matches nicely with other examples I've seen over the years.

Helmets are a little out my zone and the dealer was asking $1200 for it. I'm really not interested just curious and trying to educate myself. 

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bertmedals

I'm always skeptical when I see helmets like this that seem too perfect.  That said, the name and unit seem to check out for a soldier from Ontario, VA (see attached).  Probably worth more research.

Dennis

1918 Sep 19 - 1921 Aug 18.jpg

1919 Jun 15 - 1919 May 28.jpg

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Manchu Warrior
8 minutes ago, bertmedals said:

I'm always skeptical when I see helmets like this that seem too perfect.  That said, the name and unit seem to check out for a soldier from Ontario, VA (see attached).  Probably worth more research.

Dennis

1918 Sep 19 - 1921 Aug 18.jpg

1919 Jun 15 - 1919 May 28.jpg

The dealer who owns the helmet has a long history of buying out high end estates and he has come across some rather amazing items over the years. I just thought it was an item I wanted to educate myself on and I appreciate the information.   Thanks!

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