The Mark I helmet also known as the “brodie”, was named after it’s inventor John Leopold Brodie. Patented in 1915, by summer of 1916 over a million helmets were issued to British and Commonwealth troops. Replacing wool and cloth hats, the Mark I protected the wearer from the constant bombardment of shell fragments and shrapnel.
Constructed of non-magnetic meganese and a steel rim, this second pattern Mk. I retains the majority of exterior finish. Inside, the liner remains largely intact though the chinstrap has been lost to time. Though the leather is slightly dry, the oil cloth remains supple, and netting is in tact. The helmet supplier is stamped “BURYS”.