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    Rare U.S. Model 8 Experimental Helmet, Circa 1918. As WWI progressed the inherent deficiencies of the classic Model 1917 "Doughboy" helmet became apparent with its lack of neck and ear protection, ballistic inadequacies, and comfort. The Army enlisted the help of Dr. Bashford Dean, Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a noted arms and armor specialist to help develop a new helmet. Several models were tested but certainly the most impressive of them was what became known as the Model 8, a most medieval looking helmet. Ford Motor Company began production of the Model 8 in November 1918, completing about 1,300 helmets. It featured a three-pad liner system and a canvas chinstrap assembly that would remain more or less standard through WWII. The benefits of this helmet were that with the visor down it does protect the face almost entirely, while the slits would provide reasonable field of view. Arriving too late, the Model 8 never saw combat service in France.

    We are pleased to offer an original Model 8, complete and in very good condition. The helmet retains the majority of the three-pad leather liner, though there is some dryness, flaking and loss to the finger ends. The tan canvas straps, though a bit worn and dirty are complete and in sound condition. The exterior of the helmet retains 80-85% rough finish. All in all, an excellent example of this rarely encountered helmet.

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    December, 2014
    12th Friday
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