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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

World War I ➔ Military Helmet

This combat helmet, also known as the Brodie helmet is from either the British Army or the United States Army. It was worn during World War I.

This combat helmet is made of steel. The type of chinstrap bail used indicates that this was a British helmet however it was not uncommon for American servicemen to be issued British helmets. Therefore, it could represent either Army. 

The Brodie helmet was a steel combat helmet created by John Leopold Brodie in 1915 and was modeled after the Adrian helmets used by the French Army during World War I. It was known as the Mark I helmet in Britain and the M1917 helmet in the United States. This helmet was also commonly called the shrapnel helmet, the Tommy helmet, the Tin Hat, and the doughboy helmet.
circa 1916
Steel, Leather
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Gift Of H. May

Discovery Kit: Hats (November 2018)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.

Virtual Discovery Kit: Hats (May 2020)
Hats and headwear have been worn for centuries by people around the world to serve a variety of purposes, cultural traditions and religious practices. This resource provides tools and activities for investigating a number of hats in the Grand Rapid Public Museum’s Collections.
H. May