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WWI German M1916 Chateau Thierry Trophy Helmet
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A Model 1916 German combat helmet that was captured at Chateau-Thierry in 1918 and adorned as a trophy of that battle. The helmet is lacking the liner and chin strap. It was lacquered and a brass plaque was affixed to the front on which is engraved "American Drive / Chateau Thierry / France / July 1918". The helmet had the points of three bullets positioned in the body, with two in the front and one in the rear. There were three very small holes placed in the rear edge of the helmet into which a chain was mounted. There are also two more such holes in the front of the side edges where there were presumably additional chains. The helmet was obviously displayed hung upside down, because the plaque on the front is mounted upside down. Hanging the helmet upside down permits the plaque to be read. The helmet has several dents, the largest being in the top rear of the shell, and it is approximately 2 1/4 by 2 3/4 inches in size.