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Mystery Helmet

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Looks like the base of a French police riot helmet from the 1960s to me. The comb up the middle is pretty typical. The French fire brigades used them as well. I don't think it is Swiss - but their 1960s type which followed the M1918 type (which looks like a German helmet on steroids) are popular with mediaeval re-enactors who convert them. Used to be tons around, cheap as chips. You might found some with a built in hook for hanging them. Very smart. I don't think this is Russian, but they did have combs on some of their designs - as discussed.

 

MB

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so far the best guess is a russian helmet in polish service.

 

finns on top, nice one

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The combe on the top is usually a feature of (german) fireman helmets, so this is either made up or possibly a swiss fireman helmet.

 

Ashley

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Doesn't look like it's French then, the rim is the wrong shape and the comb is missing what looks like a vent where its edge meets the helmet at the top, as well as it being a different profile.

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I seem to recall helmets like this being used by the vatican guard but cant remember where I saw it

Nigel

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so we can all agree we don't know what it is

 

Looks like it! Bloody nice helmet, though. ..and I knew as soon as I wrote that, that I might regret it. Keep it clean.

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