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Catalog Number 1973.134.014
Object Name Helmet
Collection Lt. Col. Lee Gilstrap
Year Range from 1914.0
Year Range to 1918.0
Description WWI M-1917 US Army ROTC helmet; olive drab steel helmet with leather and felt lining and leather chin strap. Painted on the front of the helmet is a torch with flame. "ZA47" inscribed on inside of rim.
Dimensions H-5 W-11.25 L-12.25 inches
Material Steel, leather, wool, cotton
Provenance Helmet worn by Captain Harry B. Gilstrap of the 1st Oklahoma Infantry. He was commissioned in 1910 at Chandler, Oklahoma and served as a major in World War I.

With the reintroduction of steel helmets during WWI, the American army adopted the British MKI pattern as an expedient to quickly provide a helmet for its forces. The helmets, manufactured in the United States, were re-designated the M-1917 helmet. It was retained, with a modification to the liner pads in 1936, until it was replaced by the M-1 helmet in 1941.
People Gilstrap, Lee
Search Terms WWI
US
Army
British
Headwear
ROTC
military
Category Military