The 1927 pattern Irish Free State army helmet was the same style as the German M.16 helmet used by the Germans during World War One.
The helmet on offer here is in very good condition with no dents or damage to the surface of the skull. The helmet fully retains its original liner and pads. The internal brown leather liner inset has the classic stamp of Smyths of Dublin and the date 1927. While the helmet skull was produeced in the UK, the liner and pads were supplied by Smyths of Dublin. This example is lacking a chin strap.
Finding original helmets with their liner intact is becoming increasingly hard to locate. This helmet has not been touched and has the potential to be restored or simply cleaned up. It is painted white like all similar helmets. However, the white paint has a very unusual striped pattern that appears original to the piece. One suggestion is that this helmet was used as a film prop – possibly in the making of the Blue Max movie where the Irish Army were involved.
Only 10,000 of these were ever produced, many destroyed and they are now very collectable items.
A great helmet worthy of a good home and careful restoration.