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Antique Japanese Military Helmet – Meiji Period Soldier

Submitted by on June 15, 2009 – 8:06 amNo Comment

This rare and interesting item is a Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese military helmet, possibly worn by soldiers in the service of the emperor's new Imperial army. The conical shape of this helmet is reminiscent of the straw hats once worn by farmers which are effective in protecting the wearer's head from the effects of outdoor exposure. As a military item this helmet is reinforced with layers of hardened materials forming a fairly strong, yet lightweight piece of headgear suitable for use by foot soldiers (heishi) tasked with walking long distances in the open air.

Antique Japanese Military Helmet - Meiji Period Soldier

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