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WW1 Camo Helmet 37th Division


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I'm not so sure about this one, it's hard to tell from the pictures but, It looks like there is paint where the rivet holding the liner in has been removed. If it was painted with the rivet in, wouldn't it stand to reason that there would be bare metal there?

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The consensus seems to be that all of these types of painted WWI helmets were painted after the war ended, possibly by entrepreneurial GI's on the homeward-bound troop ships. The palette used on this one does not quite match up with most of the others we've seen, which have more muted colors, but, at the end of the day there was no standardization on these and really if a helmet was brought home by a WWI vet and he had it painted by someone on board ship or later at his local American Legion post, then it's just as legit as the others we see. I think that unless we have first-hand knowledge that someone other than the original vet had it painted, then we can't make an informed judgment about the lineage of one of these. I personally consider to be pretty much trench art: they look cool, they represent a certain period and we have no idea if they were painted in the trenches or 20 years after the war.

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How's about I painted it for the reason of I needed a nice lamp shade for a Mustard Gas shell lamp I have. The rivet thing seems to be the BIG give away here. Several members have used that as the basis for it not being original.

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