GERMAN WWI M.17 POST HOME HELMET, BOXED GROUPING.
In late 2019 or early 2020 we purchased in the United States this fantastic cased post home M.17 helmet, it was placed on our website, sold but before going on the website was photographed for the new work authored by Mr. Oliver Lock Stahlschutzhelme and is focused on pages 204, 205, 206, 207. As a prime example of how mainly the U.S. soldiers of WWI posted home souvenirs and especially helmets, many just had stamps and an addressed strip attached to the helmet itself and were posted as is, this example was placed in its own purpose made box, the exterior measurements of the box are 33 x 28 x 20.5cm. The interior of the box is fully lined with 1918 dated Stars and Stripes newspaper, addressed to a Mrs. Jane W. Vyse in Detroit Michigan, sent with her son or husband’s name and address from an ordnance repair shop company American Expeditionary Forces to the face side of the box remains the complete sender and receivers label with remains of the Army Issued Authorities Certificate allowing a war souvenir to be sent home, this beautiful M.17 helmet was placed in the box and sealed. The helmet itself has seen some light service wear with virtually all of its original finish remaining to the skull with some slight rust bleed to be paint, with its original chinstrap, all of its three pad light white/cream liner with all the interior horsehair pads and its original drawstring, shell size ET64. In the inner skirt of the helmet there is a three line inscription, possibly with the name of the German owner. Accompanying the cased helmet is the original uniform of the sender Private Farrand W.Vyse, which comprises his standard American forces WWI olive drab tunic, medal ribbons to the upper left hand breast, his unit insignia patch with stripe below, all American buttons. One moth nip close to the upper right hand sleeve patch, otherwise free of moth. The tunic has its original ‘Kahn Dreyfus & Company, New York’ manufacturer’s label dated ‘October 27 1917’ with accompanying U.S. breeches also with their original manufacturer’s label of ‘W & T Allen & Company’ without a date, marked to the Philadelphia depot, with a pair of puttees and one utility strap. A fantastic
time warp helmet.