FRENCH EXPERIMENTAL ADRIAN
This Adrian style helmet, frequently called experimental, has always been a mistery, it's not known its utility, the quantity produced and the exact date of production has never been established. However the observation of different elements of these helmets together with the analysis of the material used, enables to define a period of fabrication anterior to that of Model 15. Made from steel-plate, identical to that of the Model 15, its weight doesn't exceed 750 grams. The flair combining visor and nape-shield is asymmetrical: a very wide plunging nape-shield (9 cm long) compared to a more abridged visor (6 cm). The interior fodder is made of a typical seven-leaved leatherette liner. The chinstrap with sliding buckle is identical to those used on the Model 15. The external colour is called "moutard" and it's the same that we can see on some Adrian helmets belonging to colonial troops. Inside was overpainted black. This helmet was probably the predecessor of the standard Adrian of WW1. It is possible that after a test period these helmets were discarded by the army due to the unpractical wide flair visor and nape-shield and were then issued to the civil defense.