WW1 Italian Machine Gun Corps Farina Steel Helmet. This helmet was first designed for use by sentries in forward positions by the Italian army during the opening stages of the First World War. It was manufactured by the Elmo Farina Company in Milan and it was adopted on a wider scale of issue from October 1915 by the spearhead'wire cutting companies' and machine gunners.
This Italian helmet was also adopted by the Belgian Armed Forces. There were two patterns of the helmet, the long visor one, used by the wire cutting companies and the short visor one, used by the machine gunners. Additional to the helmet, the troops used to wear steel body armour as well. This rare helmet is green painted and used to be fitted with a leather chin strap.The strap is missing on this example, with only the stumps remaining. All the components of the helmet were riveted, including the chinstrap. The front thicker armour is 6 mm deep and is made of four overlaid metal sheets. Dimensions The helmet is 9 inches (23 cm) wide, 8.25 inches (21 cm) deep and 4.5 inches (11.5 cm) tall. It weighs 1.95 Kg.
Condition The helmet is excellent with minimal paint loss. For further details and condition see pictures below.... The item "WW1 Italian Machine Gun Corps Farina Steel Helmet" is in sale since Saturday, April 16, 2016.
This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\World War I (1914-1918)\Helmets/ Hats". The seller is "theantiquesstorehouse" and is located in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
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