Aussie Lids

Aussie40 - 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 in fine print as MkIII 1941. This shell had surface rust all over with only flaky evidence of the original paint. The underside of the rim is stamped with the Commonwealth Steel lot number CS443. The shell was cleaned back to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured finish on the 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 a size 57/58 cm. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement WW2 spring/web type chinstrap with steel fittings. In commemoration, this helmet has had the colour patch for the 2/14th Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF) painted on the left side. The patch has a grey diamond background representing 2nd AIF, 7th Division (the deep thinkers) with the Battalion colours being yellow over blue in a rectangle from the 1st AIF 14th (Jacka’s mob). The 2/14th was part of the 21st Brigade in the Kokoda campaign. $210 AUD
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