British WW1 Officer's Brodie Helmet 16th Irish Div
In my view quite possibly the most interesting example of a British WW1 Officer’s private purchase Brodie Helmet available anywhere.
Made in a special lightweight metal, the helmet was covered during manufacture with a khaki coloured oil cloth which fits tightly over the shell both inside and out and is formed in four panels with the alloy rim trim sitting over the cloth.
Clearly visible both front and back is the three leafed Shamrock of the 16th Irish Division with the badge of the Machine Gun Corps sitting on the front divisional sign, subdued with the same coloured paint as the Shamrock.
The liner is cushioned by a series of rubber buffers, the bowl of the liner itself being cork. The leather sweatband is edged with a black velvet band with red silk beneath the sweatband itself. Adjustment for a comfortable fit is achieved by two cords in the silk panel and one in the sweatband.
Still affixed the cork dome is the retailers label “Lincoln Bennett & Company, Burlington Gardens, Old Bond Street London, along with the size, 7 ˝. The original leather chinstrap is still in place and undamaged.
Overall condition is very good with no notable points other than hardening to the rubber buffers.
An extremely rare and possibly unique survivor of the 16th Irish Division, clearly well cared for by subsequent generations.