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. Proof of which can be seen on top of this helmet showing an apparent indentation in the dome.
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 missing the rubber doughnut. Though the leather is slightly dry, the oil cloth remains supple, and netting is in tact. The chinstrap has started to crack but remains complete. Though illegible, the soldier has etched his name into the bottom of the skirt. The helmet maker/supplier is “H.V.” or Hutton & Sons Ltd / Vickers.