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This helmet is in a small museum in Southern Quebec I found by accident this summer. It was identified as from the 1914-1918 Era. I'm no expert on the field by a long shot, but the eagle seemed older than that, or is it just beat up?

Any thoughts?

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I would imagine that not too many of these were made during wartime. So, you are most likely correct in thinking that it was manufactured before the war. Certainly, they were in the field very early in the war (sans the eagle) and with the eagle for gala and other dress occasions, but I really don't see where there would have been a need for more to be made, given the unit was only regimental in size and that the helmets were replaced with steel helmets at some point.

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I was wondering if, considering the shape of the eagle, this might be a piece dating back to the 1870-1890 period...?

That's certainly could be the case, as this eagle does not have the detail and craftsmanship of the last model.


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