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Military Helmets74 of 356WWII No. 5 Company Canadian Provost Corps HelmetWWI Canadian 13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada) Helmet
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    Posted 5 years ago

    DaveH3
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    I recently acquired this helmet at auction where it was described as "Bulgarian". Initial WWII research took me to the Bulgarian M36, and even an early WWII M36, but with the heavy side lugs, I looked at WWI. The closest I can find is the rare "Berndorf", but even that has the suggestion of a visor, and this helmet is straight all the way around. The crown is also more spherical than the Berndorf.
    The WWI style side lugs seem to be toward the rear of the helmet, but this could still be the front. I've positioned the helmet assuming a small insignia clip welded to the helmet would be toward the front. Unlike French "Adrians", that attach through two holes, if this helmet held a badge, it would have had a tab that would slide vertically through a single slot.
    Lastly, this example has no heat stamp or serial numbers anywhere on it or along the rim. The rim is straight without any crimp, and the liner is a standard foreign style leather (missing) held by the metal band and split rivets.
    If anyone has seen one of these, please let me know. I'm stumped!

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    1. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 5 years ago
      The badge mount style made me thing Spanish. Here's a link to the Spanish M1930:

      https://www.antiqueswords.com/product/BQ2592/A-Rare-Spanish-Civil-War-M30-Czech-Helmet.html
    2. DaveH3, 5 years ago
      Thanks Chris!
      Because the auction said "Bulgaria", I'd been looking to Eastern Europe. Czech, yes, but I never thought of Spain. I now have the pleasure of hunting down the correct insignia.
      We have an unspoken rule at the auction: While you see the same stuff pass by week after week, when you come across something you've never seen before, grab it! So far, that principal has never let me down...
      Thanks again & all my best,
      - Dave

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