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Do French helmets contain asbestos?


Simon R
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Ive just had a look at mine...no, all leather with corrugated section between liner and shell.

Mick

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That being said, in the back of my mind...i do seem to recall a M1915 pattern one I've seen that had a fibrous addition between leather and shell but can't remember if it was asbaestos though.

Sorry that was no help...i will find a picture of it.

Mick

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Ok found a picture. Is this what you mean?

Mick

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the part between the leather liner and the shell is just fabric, often in garance red, this is said to be from the old trousers but is most probably just using up the old stocks of dye. There is no asbestos

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No, but the British ones do. It's the white stuff under the woolly pad in the crown.

Someone told me this is white asbestos, the least dangerous, so you're probably fairly safe with it as long as you can resist the temptation to crumble it in your fingers, hold them to your nose and inhale deeply.

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That's exactly the stuff Mick, I had a 'sudden thought' and decided I'd rather be safe than asbestosis.

So, thanks a lot! :)

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