British Infantry Helmets

Brit20 - The shell is an original WW2, British manufactured MkII shell with a stainless-steel banded edge. The stainless-steel chinstrap lugs are the MkII type and are not marked. The factory stamps read as RO&CO JF 1/1939 (Rubery Owen and Co, Leeds). The shell had very little evidence of paint inside or out. The shell was mostly in good condition except half of the inner dome was affected by rust and pitting with a few pinholes at the bolt hole. The shell was stripped to bare metal, repaired, primed and painted olive-drab inside and textured desert sand-yellow outside. The helmet liner is a replacement from Soldier of Fortune imported from Wales UK, it has a plastic frame with a vinyl type liner and shoe lace draw string. It is a head size 57/58 cm with a new brass top-nut. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement spring/web type, khaki chinstrap with steel hardware. A khaki cam net has been fitted. The helmet is marked with the patch for the 50th British (Northumberland) Infantry Division during its Western Desert service. Two red Ts on a black background. Two Ts represent the Tees and Tyne rivers of the Northumberland district. $199 AUD
Brit23 - The shell is an original WW2, British manufactured MkII shell with a stainless-steel banded edge. The stainless-steel chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and are unmarked. The factory stamps under the flare are simply 920 1942; the maker cannot be identified. When acquired the shell was painted in a light grey, perhaps it saw some type of Navy Service. There was rust bubbling up under the paint especially around the rim near the band. The shell was stripped to bare metal (it cleaned up nicely), primed and painted olive-drab inside and textured desert yellow-sand outside. The helmet liner is a replacement from Soldier of Fortune imported from Wales UK, it has a plastic frame with a vinyl type liner and a draw string. It is a head size 56 cm with a recycled original brass top-nut rethreaded for a new bolt. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement spring/web type, khaki chinstrap with steel hardware. A khaki cam net has been fitted. $199 AUD
Brit24 - The shell is an original WW2, British manufactured MkII shell with a stainless-steel banded edge. The stainless-steel chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and are marked III/1940. The factory stamps are JSS 1/1941 (Joseph Sankey and Sons Ltd, Bilston) and can be found near one of the chinstrap lugs. When acquired the shell was painted in layers of grey with a yellow primer base coat, perhaps it saw some type of Navy Service. There was only a little evidence of rust. The shell cleaned up nicely. I had to replace one of the chinstrap rivets; I used a bolt. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab. The helmet liner is a replacement from Soldier of Fortune imported from Wales UK, it has a plastic frame with a vinyl type liner and a draw string. It is a head size 58 cm with a new brass top-nut. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement spring/web type, khaki chinstrap with steel hardware. An olive-drab cam net has been fitted. $199 AUD
Brit27 - The shell is an original WW2, British manufactured MkII shell with a stainless-steel banded edge. The stainless-steel chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and are not marked. The factory markings seem to be mostly obscured by a chinstrap lug but what is visible is I/1940. When acquired the shell had no paint to speak of; was covered in surface rust; much pitting to the inner dome and a section of the outside. The shell cleaned up nicely. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer. The helmet liner is an imported replacement from WPG, it has a plastic frame with a vinyl type liner and a draw string. It is a head size 58 cm with a new brass top-nut. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement spring/web type, khaki chinstrap with steel hardware. An attractive coloured olive-drab cam net has been fitted and the flash of the Royal Army Service Corps is painted on the left (red on green diagonally). The helmet depicts an ETO example. $199 AUD
Brit28 - The shell is an original WW2, British manufactured MkII shell with a stainless-steel banded edge. The stainless-steel chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and are unmarked. There are no clear factory markings evident. When acquired the shell had no paint to speak of; was covered in surface rust with pitting to portions of the outer surface and much of the inner surface. The shell cleaned up nicely. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted olive-drab inside; the outer is a green and brown camo pattern with a coarse textured finish. The helmet liner is an imported replacement from WPG, it has a plastic frame with a vinyl type liner and a draw string. It is a head size 58 cm with a new brass top-nut. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement spring/web type, khaki chinstrap with steel hardware. A dark olive-drab cam net has been fitted. $199 AUD
Brit30 - The shell is an original WW2, British manufactured MkII shell with a stainless-steel banded edge. The stainless-steel chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and are unmarked. There are no clear factory markings evident. When acquired the shell had no paint to speak of; was covered in surface rust with pitting to portions of the inner surface. The shell cleaned up nicely. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted olive-drab inside; painted a textured ship-board grey outside. The helmet liner is an imported replacement from SOF in Wales, it has a plastic frame with a vinyl type liner and a draw string. It is a head size 58 cm with a new brass top-nut. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement spring/web type, khaki chinstrap with steel hardware. The rank marking for a Royal Navy “First Lieutenant” or ship’s second in command has been painted on the front. $215 AUD
Brit31 - The shell is an original WW2, British manufactured MkII shell with a stainless-steel banded edge. The stainless-steel chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and are unmarked. The factory stamps are near one of the chinstrap lugs and read as P22 BMB 1942 (Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd, Dagenham). When acquired the shell had no paint to speak of. The shell cleaned up nicely. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted olive-drab with a textured outer. The helmet liner is an imported replacement from SOF in Wales, it has a plastic frame with a vinyl type liner and a draw string. It is a head size 58 cm with a new brass top-nut. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement spring/web type, khaki chinstrap with steel hardware. This helmet depicts a standard issue British MkII helmet with an olive-drab camo net. $199 AUD
Brit32 - The shell is an original WW2, British manufactured MkII shell with a stainless-steel banded edge. The stainless-steel chinstrap lugs are the MkIII type and are unmarked. The factory stamps under the flare are F&L BZ389 1940 (Fisher & Ludlow Ltd, Birmingham). When acquired the shell had old green paint inside and out. The shell cleaned up nicely; it was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer. The helmet liner is an imported replacement from SOF in Wales, it has a plastic frame with a vinyl type liner and a draw string. It is a head size 58 cm with a new brass top-nut. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement spring/web type, khaki chinstrap with steel hardware. This helmet has the flash for the 3rd British Infantry Division on the left side; inverted triangles; red on black. An olive-drab cam net is fitted. $215 AUD
Brit34 - The shell is an original WW2, British manufactured MkIII ‘turtle’ shell with a stainless-steel banded edge and the chinstrap lugs/rivets located higher in the shell than the post-war MkIV. The helmet is lightly stamped inside the front of the shell as RO & CO DC III/1944 (Rubery Owen & Co Ltd of Leeds). When acquired the shell was painted an aged olive-drab, in poor condition, inside and out. Size 7 was white ink-marked at the inner rear. This shell has been stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer. A salvaged original lift-a-dot liner has been installed. The frame is marked 7 FFL III/1952; it fits a size 58cm head. It is in good condition for its age. It is mounted with a new bolt and brass top nut. The helmet has been fitted with a salvaged original MkIII helmet type elasticized olive-drab chinstrap. The helmet has been fitted with a replica, olive-drab net. $220 AUD