Object Title

Helmet

Helmet

Date

1900-1999

Object Number

IV.1874

Provenance

Leon Paul

Physical Description

The mask is made in three parts. The face-guard is of wire mesh and of amygdaloid shape with a medial keel. In the centre of the face-guard is a clear, broad, rectangular vision-panel. The join between the face-guard and the vision-panel is welded internally, together with a steel wire, which retains the shape and improves rigidity. Externally, a steel band protects the join. The rear edge of the mask is finished with a steel strip.The ear protection is provided by a curved section of wire mesh, starting below each ear and curving over the skull. The wire mesh is stainless steel with the interior of the face-guard being matt black to cut out 'glare flashes'. The third part of the mask is made up of a bib for throat protection. It is attached inside to the wire mesh above the ears by three rivets and also riveted and glued to the mesh under the chin. An ear-hole has been cut, through the bib, at either side to improve hearing. The bib is made of an elecro-conductive steel lamÚ cover with an interior vinyl lining, sandwiching foam padding and three layers of Kevlar. This must be able to withstand 1600 Newtons of impact force, complying with F.I.E. regulations. The join between the face-guard and the ear protection is welded internally, together with a steel wire, which retains the shape and improves rigidity. Externally, a steel band protects the join. The rear edge of the mask is finished with a steel strip. Attached to the top of the wire support is a plastic covered wire head-clip, which is angled downwards at the rear to support the mask on the head. Stitched to the base of the head-clip is an adjustable, internal brow support whose side edges are secured with Velcro. The mask is secured around the back of the head by an elasticated strap which is attached to Velcro tabs. These are riveted to the mask at either side.

Inscriptions and Marks

Marks: On the rear of the head-clip is a black ink stamp consisting of the 'Paul' logo: 'Maison Paul, EIE, R. Tissu, 1994, 1600N'. The elasticated strap also bears the 'Paul'logo and the incription 'Leon Paul'.

Associations

Places Britain