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Object ID # 1955.012.010
Object Name Helmet
Title Altered German Shrapnel Helmet
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Year Range from 1914
Year Range to 1918
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Germany
Description German shrapnel metal military helmet (WW#1) which was painted black after the Febrary 8, 2001, storage fire to prevent rusting. It originally would have had a greyish colour. On the interior it is stamped "R125."
Provenance This item was a souvenir of the Great War (later called the First World War, 1914-1918).
Most likely collected by Arthur Clifford Husband who served overseas in World War I.

Subsequently owned by his mother, Mary Husband (neé Fraser) who died not long after her son's death. Last owned by Alice Husband (neé Gilbert), the second wife of Charles Husband.
Collection Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Metal
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Husband, Charles
Function Early in the Great War, the German soldiers had soft, textile or leather headgear, but the trench warfare that developed led to a need for improved head protection against shrapnel (metallic fragments) and explosions, so metal helmets were introduced.