This helmet is a Model 1916 worn by the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I (1914-1918). It was manufactured by the Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik, as evidenced by the bear logo over the helmet size (64cm) stamped to the interior back skirt. An ink stamp on the underside of the back left liner pad dates the helmet to 1918.

Between the wars the German Army brought this helmet back to service, repainted it with the pre-war field gray-green paint finish, and placed the army decal insignia on either side. The interior lining is the WWI type with three leather pads. The chinstrap is an Interwar replacement.

An interesting feature to the helmet is the addition of two steel loops on either side below the chinstrap attachments. These are quite similar to the welded chinstrap loops used on the early American M-1 helmet, but were likely just used to hang the helmet from the soldier's belt or backpack.

Austria, Germany World War I
Infantry Helmet 1916 — 1918
Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik Arthur Krupp AG

Description by Jordan Winter