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A big thank you to all that contributed to the thread. I just acquired right out of a WW1 vets home a wonderful grouping. Uniform complete with hand sewn patches, dog tags, medals, leggings and helmet. Appears to be a MK.1. Everything appears to be as issued in well used condition. When I get more computer photo literate I will post and see what you guys think.

 

Again Thank you all so much.

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A big thank you to all that contributed to the thread. I just acquired right out of a WW1 vets home a wonderful grouping. Uniform complete with hand sewn patches, dog tags, medals, leggings and helmet. Appears to be a MK.1. Everything appears to be as issued in well used condition. When I get more computer phtoo literate I will post and see what you guys think.

 

Again Thank you all so much.

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OK, I have one for people to render their opinion on. It is a British Brodie, appears to be a Type B with raw edge. Flange varies from 1 1/8 wide to 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch wide. You can set it upright on a flat surface and rock it back and forth because the flange in front and rear are at different heights than the sides. Metal is the alloy and is non magnetic. You can see the pressing ripples in the steel. Has the HS 255 stamping on the underside which is a Hadfields Ltd, Sheffield manufacturer, Jan 1916-1919, the rivets are the split rivets, but here's the catch. It has a 9 finger leather liner and leather head pad, which most Brodies seem to have the wool or later rubber donut. The fingers are identical styling to a early style reproduction someone is making of early issue Brodie liners out of the oil cloth. The flaked unit designation appears to be some sort of applied decal, pretty heavy duty but reminds me of the type decals that came with models when I was a kid so I can only assume that was attached much later in the life of the helmet. Also sadly the chinstrap had been intact when I got it years ago but being brittle and dry it was broken during a move, still have the adjustment buckle which appears to be tinned.

 

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this image if you look you can see the pressing striations

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this image you can see the non concentric shape of the outer edge

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That is a British Mark I that was sold to the Portuguese. They were relined in the 1930s and used by the Civil Defense. The parts of the decal that have flaked away had the letters "DCT", which stands for Defenca Civil Territorial.

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Agreed, it's Portugese but, I was not aware of the decal markings were. Great information!

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Thanks guys. Had a fellow interested in buying this but wanted to verify what it was so that I was not ripping them off selling something "rare" which actually was a foreign reissue. Much appreciated. They are still taking it but at a much fairer price.

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