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    Vintage military helmet

    Can anyone tell me anything about these helmets Click image for larger version. 

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    1st - I noticed this was your very first post - so, Welcome Aboard! You didn't list your state (or country) in your profile. So, you might consider jumping over to Sub-Forums: Select Your Area.... and selecting location information (i.e., clubs, hunts, finds, legends, maps, etc.) directly related to your state (or country).
    2nd - Sure looks like the standard Brodie Helmet From Wikipedia. Heck, they could even be the M1917 Civil Defense Helmets. Check on the inside of the helmets for any other marks.
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    Looks to me to be of WW1 vintage and British design
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    My 1st thought on the white one was civil defense as VPN has started.
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    Za257 is a marking on one
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    The outside sure looks like this.Do you have any pix.of the inside ? https://www.ebay.com/i/191972815416?chn=ps
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    More info here > Helmet M-1917
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    The first one looks German due to the higher "crown". The second, tan, helmet looks British. A little more squat. JMHO. The photos could be making it look this way too.
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    Does anyone know how much they are worth
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddah View Post
    Does anyone know how much they are worth
    Post #6 has prices
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    The green one is a WW2 era British or Commonwealth Mk2 helmet. The second looks like a standard English Mk1 Brodie or possibly an American M-1917,,, I can't find that stamp on the list of known British makers, but they were made all over the British Empire from Canada to South Africa, India, Australia....And I don't have a list of American makers handy because my books are still in storage at the moment. Check the rims for any other markings if you would, and also if you could, post pics of the helmets in profile and the chinstrap bails.

    In that condition which I would call just above "relic" with no liners or chinstraps, no names or unit markings, the value isn't going to be very high. You can get complete intact ones for around 100$ So... The question is, how much do sellers ask for them and what are collectors willing to pay? You may find similar condition helmet shells with asking prices from around 80$ up, but realistically if I saw them I'd offer that 80$ for both, and put them aside to possibly restore one day.

    They are a neat find though, and definitely worth saving
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    And there you have it. I'll go with what NOLA said. Sounds waaayyy better than my observations (which comes from playing with G.I. Joe as a kid).
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    I've searched a bit more and it seems the "ZA" mark is an American makers mark. I can't find a good list of marks that id them to a maker, but it's possible the "A" is for American Can Company... I can't confirm that yet though

    The Green helmet... looking again today I found a similar US version from the 1930's that was used before the introduction of the M1 Helmet in 1941. There should be a stamp on the rim that will identify its country of origin at the least, and possibly the manufacturer if I can locate a good list of makers.

    None of that really changes the value but personally I like knowing exactly what I have and if you decide to sell them it's good to correctly identify them in a listing.
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    That's a cool piece of history
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