Robby Wilson WWI French Brigade General Lightweight Helmet


A very rare and unusual WWI French Adrian Helmet that was worn by a 2 Star Artillery General.

The helmet is made of lightweight aluminium which was originally painted blue and later repainted in brown when it was realised a blue helmet was not the best camouflage for Trench Warfare. It carries the Artillery badge of the flaming grenade and crossed cannons but has the addition of two brass starts for a Brigade General. The inside of the helmet is lined with a soft cream leather and silk. The chin strap is made of tressed leather with brass buckle and there is a tape with the number 124679 - B.P. 17 which should permit further research into the owner.

The helmet was part of a group of headgear that have come from the world renowned Robbie Wilson Collection and are guaranteed as such. His collection is regarded as the largest collection of military headgear ever and while this led to the foundation of the Wilson History and Research Centre in 2008, part of this collection was still kept personal. Following his death in 2012 this personal collection has been sold and this piece is from that portion of his incredible collection.

Size: 29 x 20 x 15cm
Weight: 300g