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Why do a lot of collectors look down their noses at the American Steel-helmet?

Most I have seen at fairs etc. are well constructed and in really good nick with original finishes etc. and at half the price of a British Brodie. I have seen them as above for as low as £50. Putting the one I have against a British model the American shell looks the more solid and what I would prefer if debris and such was flying above me. They were after all used in the war.

Comments appreciated you guys!

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Why do a lot of collectors look down their noses at the American Steel-helmet?

I don't think most collectors 'look down their noses' as such, it's just that most of us collect British militaria and we therfore want to make sure we have a British Brodie. Ideally one that was 'over there' and sat on a Tommys' head. I guess you have read the thread on Brodie rivets etc? The fact is the British Brodie is more desirable and therfore commands a higher price - with that comes a temptation by certain parties to 'transform' a US Brodie into a British model.

Things are not so simple, as I believe some 400,000 (split rivet) British Brodies' were supplied to the US Army before the Americans started producing their own.

Not sure if the US shell is made of any more robust material than the British model, someone will know.

If anything was flying about and I had the choice I think I would have grabbed a Stahlhelm!

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The US shell IS more robust than the British - see:

http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/helmet17.htm

a page I have found very useful in telling British and American Brodies apart, plus some general information.

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The German helmet Is the better in many ways I agree. The Americans tried-unsuccesfully- to copy the Stahlhelm about 1918 for their troops. The Irish Republic had a fairly faithful copy of it too from 1927-40 for their new army.I have one of these as shown, Begorrah Sir!

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I do not paticulary like or dislike American helmets but I simply do have the space for one. I enjoy looking at others helmets no matter what country they are from I like all aspects of the collecting field. I have however about 5 German steel helmets (I collect them because my family is originally German) and 6 British\Canadian brodies. I have not bought Much German in years but concentrate on anything Mititaria form my home province of Nova Scotia. Of my 6 brodies three are div. marked to units formed or headquartered in N.S. the R.C.R, the 25th and the 85th. The other three came with medal groups and I know who owned them which I like to display with the medals. I had to specialise because of space as it is now I have a bunch of stuff packed in trunks and cannot display it. So I have to enjoy other countrys material from afar.

Best Regards

N.S.Regt.

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Yes displaying larger artifacts can be a problem especially helmets.I have around 45 helmets from both world wars, approx 30 German the rest British& U.S.

I display around 10.

Here is a favourite 1916 German In splotch camoflage shell size 68.

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