A rare example of the 1st Pattern* ‘Cruise Visor’ modified Brodie service helmet.
Chain mail, square eye guard affixed to the helmet with the addition of a rim attachment and side hooks.
The helmet shell is in excellent damage free condition, with the addition of the ‘crude’ rim bracket.
Helmet liner is in very good condition and is complete with its chin strap. Liner upper felt cushion pad is as common absent due to moth / wear / damage.
The chin strap is with some fragility as is the liner. The Cruise visor is complete but like the liner is with some fragility. (Due to the liner and visor condition handling of the helmet needs to be with care).
Helmet shell has been refinished at some time (not recently) and is now more ‘grey’ in appearance rather than khaki green.
Some rust spotting to various areas of the helmet mostly the Cruise attachment.
A very rare example of this iconic WW1 British helmet.
Sold as a static display item only….NOT for wear or use in any capacity !
The British Brodie helmet became a necessity of the war due to the increase in head injuries that the British field service cap offered no protection against.
Further on from this, eye injuries were a further consequence of war that also needed to be protected against.
Capt. R.R. Cruise of the Royal Army Medical Corps was an ophthalmic surgeon that saw the need for just such protection, and as such under the auspices of the’ Eye Protection Committee’, produced the helmet prototype that was accepted by the committee and ordered for service use.
Two hundred and fifty thousand ‘modifications’ were ordered and first saw issue and service in September 1916.
The 1st Model* had a square chain mail guard the 2nd pattern more triangular in appearance.
Significantly less than the number of modifications ordered were actually fitted to helmets and as such both 1st & 2nd pattern helmets were a rarity found in servi