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
Aussie51 - 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. I could see faint evidence of the Commonwealth Steel lot number near the extreme edge of the shell when it was stripped back to bare metal but even then it was lightly stamped and not legible. When acquired, there was not much evidence of the original paint and the inside dome had had developed advance rust pitting. The outer surface cleaned up nice and smooth. 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 import from SOF in Wales. It is the early MkII type with an oval shaped pad and felt spacers. It is a head size 58cm. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement WW2 spring/web type khaki chinstrap with steel fittings. An Australian, purpose made, WW2 jungle green net has been fitted. It is quite light-duty but 100% original. $220 AUD
Aussie52 - 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 without a year stamp. Under the flare the Commonwealth Steel lot number was stamped simply 1994. When acquired there was a good amount of the original outer paint and texture remaining while inside was on the verge of rust. This shell cleaned up very well; dead smooth outside with just the slightest of pitting inside. The top-nut is a brass replacement. 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 is the early MkII type with an oval shaped pad and felt spacers. It is a head size 58cm. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement WW2 spring/web type khaki chinstrap with steel fittings. A WW2, Australian made, jungle green cam net has been fitted. It is in unissued condition and of 1943 vintage; it is a hex knit pattern in a small mesh. $275 AUD
Aussie53 - The shell is an original WW2, Australian manufactured MkII with a raw edge. The stainless-steel chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and are stamped MKIII 1941. The Commonwealth Steel lot number is barely visible, is on the roll of the flare and only 21 can be seen. When acquired, the inside was affected by rust with pitting in the dome. Only portions of the original coarse textured finish remained on the outer. The brass top-nut is new. This shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted olive-drab inside with a desert sand/yellow on the outer with a textured 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 the patch for the 6th Division, AIF and a khaki cam net has been fitted. $220
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