Aussie Lids

Aussie42 - The shell is an original WW2, Australian manufactured MkII shell with a raw edge. The brass chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and are stamped as MkIII 1941. This was a Warden helmet; much of the original black paint, though in poor condition, existed along with the white W stencils, front and back. There was no liner or chinstrap. Though there was no evidence of the Commonwealth Steel (CS) number, there is a clear Department of Defence ‘broad arrow’ stamp under the rim. The helmet was cleaned back to bare metal, primed and painted in olive drab with a textured outer surface. The helmet liner is a replacement from Soldier of Fortune in Wales UK, it has a plastic frame with a vinyl type liner and shoe lace draw string. It is marked as size 58cm but feels more like a 57cm. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement WW2 spring/web type chinstrap with steel fittings. A replica dark olive-drab net has been fitted. $210 AUD
Aussie48 - 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 1941. Under the flare near one of the chinstrap lugs is the Commonwealth Steel lot number CS909. When acquired, it was evident the original paint had been overpainted by brush. 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 liner is an original salvaged from an RAC helmet with its original cross piece. It is a size 7 ΒΌ (58/59cm) with the gas cloth type head cradle that is intact and solid; it will last many years with the right care. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement WW2 spring/web type chinstrap with steel fittings. An olive-drab cam net has been fitted. $210 AUD
Aussie49 - The shell is an original WW2, Australian manufactured MkII shell with a raw edge. The brass chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and are stamped MKIII 1941. Under the flare near one of the chinstrap lugs is the Commonwealth Steel lot number CS14593. When acquired, it was evident the outer paint was a much faded black with the remnants of the factory olive-drab visible inside. There is evidence of damage/dints around the crown commensurate with heavy usage. This shell may well have seen Service. 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 liner is an imported replica from SOF in Wales. It is a 58cm head size. It has a plastic frame with vinyl head cradle and a rubber cross piece. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement WW2 spring/web type chinstrap with steel fittings. An olive-drab cam net has been fitted. $210 AUD
Aussie50 - The shell is an original WW2, Australian manufactured MkII shell with a raw edge. The brass chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and are stamped MKIII 1942. Under the flare near one of the chinstrap lugs is the Commonwealth Steel lot number 2766; the first 6 is faintly stamped; there is no CS stamp evident. When acquired, some of the original paint and texture was visible around the lower dome and flare. 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 replacement liner is an import from SOF in Wales. It has a plastic frame and 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. $230 AUD