British Para/Dispatch Helmets

Brit Para #9 - This shell is an original post war para shell in very good condition The original felt dome pad is still in there but the original skin (gas cloth) is missing. The gas cloth covering to the dome pad has been replaced with a vinyl type cover. I am not sure if this shell/helmet is of British manufacture. The shell is not stamped at all and nor is the liner sweat band marked. The shell was stripped and painted in a textured OD. I have no doubt that the liner is an original to the helmet and that the helmet is post war. The liner is in good condition with a light yellowish coloured rubber padding in fair to good condition. The cotton suspension is a tanish colour instead of the usual white. The leather sweat band is in good condition but not marked with size, manufacturer or date. The chinstrap is a webbing type with brass fittings and is most likely original to the helmet. It is in comparable condition to everything else. It has a leather chin cup and still retains the chamois insert. The helmet has been fitted with a replica helmet net. The helmet is a size 55-56cm and depicts a standard MKII para helmet. A nice lid at $350 AUD
Brit Para #10 - This Shell is an original British, post war MkII type paratrooper helmet. It is in very good condition apart from a crack from the rear bolt hole to the rim. It is stamped ROC SU 2 and MA 1955. The original dome pad was present but loose. It is made from the same rubber as the liner padding with a gas cloth cover on the flat outer part. This has been restored to the helmet. The original liner is fitted and is in fair to good condition. The sorbo rubber padding is in good condition. The white webbing is present but in soiled condition. The leather sweatband is there in soiled condition and is stamped BMB (Briggs Motor Bodies), II over 1953 and is the imperial size 7 (56cm). The helmet is rigged with a replica web chinstrap with brass hanger hardware. A replica net has been fitted. The restoration depicts a standard MKII para helmet. Though of 1950s vintage it is identical to a wartime MkII. $400 AUD
Brit Para #19 - The shell is an original Mk II British post war para helmet. It is in very good condition with no rust or dints. It is stamped in the front inner as BMB MK 2, C355/53. The helmet has been re-painted in a light olive drab which is textured on the outer surface. The liner appears to be original to the shell. It is marked on the leather sweatband as BMB, II/1953, 6 7/8 (size 56cm). The rubber padding is in very good condition, the white suspension and sweatband are soiled and show considerable service. The liner is mounted on an aluminum outer band. The brass bolts, brass hangers and dome pad are all replacements. A previous owner has penned his name as L/CPL THORNE onto the sweatband. The helmet is fitted with an original webbing chinstrap with brass fittings probably of Canadian origin. An original wartime Australian made helmet net has been fitted. $400 AUD
Brit Para #36 FR - The shell is a Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Helmet with a stainless-steel band around the rim. The shell itself is stamped inside as ROC RA MA 1954; made by Rubery, Owen and Co Pty Ltd, Leeds UK. The shell did not appear to have any original paint, it was evident that it had been stripped, primed and painted at some time. The shell is in very good condition. The shell was stripped to bare metal, converted to a HSAT Fibre-Rim para shell, primed then painted in olive-drab with a textured outer surface. A new rubber bumper pad has been fitted. This helmet has been fitted with a a first-class reproduction para liner from What Price Glory (WPG). It is marked WPG 1943 7 1/4 (size 58cm). This is a high-quality para liner and has been fitted with brass chinstrap hangers from SOF. The brass mounting bolts are from WPG. The liner would match, in quality, a CCL or BMB liner when factory fitted. The web chinstrap is an original which could be a Canadian surplus type. It is green in colour with a nice chamois chinstrap. The helmet has been fitted with a WW2 era purpose made para helmet net. It shows some holes and minor damage due to its age. The RAC/tank helmet has been converted/refurbished to resemble a Fibre-Rim HSAT circa 1942 onwards. It features a conversion from a leather to a web chinstrap with the original two rear mounting holes for the leather type; and the additional hole to mount the web type rear hanger. $360 AUD
Brit Para #37 FR - The shell is a Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Helmet with a stainless-steel band around the rim, probably of 1960’s vintage. The shell has a factory stamp inside the front but it is hard to make out. The shell with its all original olive-drab paint, lift-a-dot liner and chinstrap looked unissued. The shell was stripped, converted to a HSAT fibre-rim para shell, primed then painted in olive-drab with a textured outer surface. A new rubber bumper pad has been fitted. This helmet has been fitted with a quality reproduction para liner from What Price Glory (WPG) along with brass mounting bolts. It is marked WPG 1943 7 1/4 (size 58cm). This is a good looking para liner and has been fitted with brass chinstrap hangers from SOF. The liner would match, in quality, a CCL or BMB liner from the factory. The web chinstrap is original Israeli surplus identical to the British type. It is tan in colour with a nice chamois chin-cup. The helmet has been fitted with an original, small mesh, cam net. This original RAC/tank helmet has been converted and refurbished to replicate a Fibre-Rim HSAT circa 1942. It features a conversion from a leather to a web chinstrap with the original two rear mounting holes for the leather type; and the additional hole to mount the web type rear hanger. This type of conversion was very common back in the day. $360 AUD
Brit Para #38 - The shell is a Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Helmet with a stainless-steel band around the rim, probably of 1949 vintage. The shell has no apparent stamps. The shell had a brush painted, textured olive-drab finish inside and out, a MkIII lift-a-dot liner and a used elastic chinstrap. The liner was marked AHP REP 3-71 and  REP 251049. The shell was converted to a para shell, primed over the original finish then painted in olive-drab. A new rubber bumper pad has been fitted. This helmet has been fitted with an imported reproduction para liner from What Price Glory (WPG) along with brass mounting bolts. It is marked WPG 1943 7 1/4 (size 58cm). This is a good para liner and has been fitted with brass chinstrap hangers from SOF. The liner would match, in quality, a CCL or BMB liner from the factory. The web chinstrap is an original which is probably Israeli surplus. It is tan in colour with a chamois chincup. The helmet has been fitted with a dark olive-drab cam net. This RAC/tank helmet has been converted/refurbished to resemble a MkII paratrooper helmet with the insignia of the 2nd Parachute Battalion, the Parachute Regiment (British). $350 AUD
Brit Para #41 HSAT FR - The shell is a 1942 Helmet Steel Airborne Troops (HSAT) with a Fibre Rim. When acquired the shell was painted in a non-original olive-drab with a textured outer finish; the fibre rim was intact but riveted to the shell in several places; a MkII type helmet X-piece had been riveted into the crown of the shell and the factory stamps, at the rear centre of the shell, were mostly legible as P12 BMB 1 1942. The current paint has been retained, the X-piece has been removed and a new bumper pad has been installed. I did not want to disturb the original fibre rim by stripping the helmet back. This helmet has been fitted with a reproduction para liner from What Price Glory (WPG). It is marked WPG 7 ΒΌ 1943 (58cm head size). This is a high-quality para liner with brass mounting bolts. The liner would match, in quality, a CCL or BMB liner when factory new. As was quite often seen, this helmet has been modified for a web chinstrap to be fitted in lieu of the leather type (I did not want to put another hole in the shell). The helmet has been fitted with a post war chinstrap which I think is of Canadian origin. The helmet has been fitted with an original wartime, small mesh, cam net. $720 AUD