Aussie Lids

Aussie54 - The shell is an original WW2, Australian manufactured MkII shell with a raw edge. The stainless-steel chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and are stamped MKIII 1942. There is no Commonwealth Steel lot number evident. When acquired, there remained some of the original grit finish on the outer while the inner dome was affected by rust and pitting. The brass top-nut is new. This shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer surface. The helmet liner is an import from SOF in Wales. It has a plastic frame with a vinyl cradle. The head size is 58cm. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement WW2 spring/web type khaki chinstrap with steel fittings. The helmet has been fitted with an Australian made, knit type, jungle green cam net of 1943 vintage. The manufacturer being A. MUSHIN and Co, Fitzroy. $235 AUD
Aussie57 - The shell is an original WW2, Australian manufactured MkII shell with a raw edge. The brass chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and stamped MkIII 1941. Under the flare, the Commonwealth Steel lot number is CS 2046. When acquired, the external paint and texture was mostly present; the internal paint was in poor condition; the original liner was present but fell apart at the touch. I consider that this helmet was in very good condition when put into storage but the storage conditions were very poor. The shell cleaned up quite well with no damage. The top-nut is a brass replacement with an original brass bolt. This shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer surface. The helmet with an imported liner from SOF in Wales. It has a plastic frame with a vinyl cradle. It is a 58cm head size. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement WW2 spring/web type khaki chinstrap with steel fittings. The helmet is fitted with an original Australian made thin string, jungle green net; this net is WW2 purpose made to fit a MkII shell. $260 AUD
Aussie58 - The shell is an original WW2, Australian manufactured MkII shell with a raw edge. The stainless-steel chinstrap lugs are the MkII type and stamped II 1940. Under the flare, the Commonwealth Steel lot number is stamped CS 16101. When acquired, the external paint and texture was mostly present; the internal paint was in poor condition; the original liner was present but fell apart at the touch. I consider that this helmet was in very good condition when put into storage but the storage conditions were very poor. The shell cleaned up quite well with no damage. The top-nut is a salvaged original rethreaded for a new bolt. This shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer surface. The helmet is fitted with an imported liner from SOF in Wales. It has a plastic frame with a vinyl cradle. It is a 56cm head size. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement WW2 spring/web type khaki chinstrap with steel fittings. The helmet has been fitted with an Australian made hex-knit, jungle green net; this net is WW2 made of 1943 vintage by A. MUSHIN and Co, Fitzroy, Melbourne. $260 AUD
Aussie59 - The shell is an original WW2, Australian manufactured MkII shell with a raw edge. The brass chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and stamped MkIII 1942. There was no evidence of the Commonwealth Steel lot number, it may be obscured by the area that is rust pitted. When acquired, the external paint and texture was mostly present but flaking; the internal paint was in poor condition, rust pitting covered half; the original liner and chinstrap were present but fell apart at the touch. I consider that this helmet was in very good condition when put into storage but the storage conditions were very poor. The shell cleaned up quite well with no damage other than rust pitting. The top-nut and bolt are brass replacements. This shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer surface. The helmet is fitted with an imported liner from SOF in Wales. It has a plastic frame with a vinyl cradle. It is a 58cm head size. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement WW2 spring/web type khaki chinstrap with steel fittings. This helmet has been fitted with an Australian made, jungle green, thick string net. It was made by M. B. Wragg and Co. Pty. Ltd, Gardenvale Victoria. $260 AUD