British Infantry Helmets

Brit07 - 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 have no markings. There are factory stamps near one of the chinstrap lugs which read 484 1944. There is rust pitting inside while the outside is smooth. There was a light tan paint over a darker olive-drab evident when stripping the helmet back. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in dark olive drab with a coarse texture on the outer. The helmet liner is a salvaged original gas-cloth type. It is in fair/good condition for its age. Under the cross-piece, the liner frame is dated 1952. It is an old size 7 so will fit around a 56cm head size. The helmet has been fitted with an imported replacement spring/web WW2 type chinstrap. An olive-drab cam net has been fitted. $195 AUD
Brit11 - The shell is an original WW2, Canadian manufactured MkII shell with a stainless-steel banded edge. The stainless-steel chinstrap lugs are the MkII type and have no markings. The shell is factory stamped G.S.W. MkII 1941 (General Steel Wares – Toronto Canada). The shell had the remnants of its original paint when acquired. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in dark olive-drab with a textured outer surface. The steel when stripped was as shiny as stainless-steel, there was no rust at all; there are a few small dings around the crown due to heavy use. 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 58 cm. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement spring/web type, khaki chinstrap with steel hardware. The shell has been fitted with a dark olive-drab cam net. $195 AUD
Brit12 - 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 have no markings. The shell is factory stamped near one of the chinstrap lugs – RO&CO CS II/1940 (Rubery Owen and Co Ltd of Leeds). The shell had the remnants of several coats of paint when acquired with the inside showing the start of some rust pitting. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in dark olive-drab with a textured outer surface. 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 58 cm. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement spring/web type, khaki chinstrap with steel hardware. The shell has been fitted with a dark olive-drab cam net. The WW2 tactical flash for the HQ element of the British 1st Infantry Division is shown on the left side of the helmet. $195 AUD
Brit13 - The shell is an original, British manufactured MkIV ‘turtle’ shell with a stainless-steel banded edge. The helmet is lightly stamped inside the rear of the shell as BMB MK IV C128 1952 (Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd, Dagenham). The helmet was a textured olive-drab outside and a glossy olive-drab inside. It had a stiff and weathered gas-cloth, lift-a-dot liner without a cross piece and a stretched elastic chin-strap when acquired. A salvaged original lift-a-dot liner has been installed. It is marked 7 CCL IV 1954 (size 7 – 56cms but will fit a 57cm, Christie and Co Ltd). The helmet has been fitted with a salvaged original MkIV helmet type elasticized olive-drab chinstrap. The helmet has been fitted with an olive-drab net and original WW2, purpose made, two colour scrim. $245 AUD
Brit15 - 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 have no markings. The factory stamps are partially obscured by a chinstrap lug, however I could make them out from the outside when the helmet was cleaned to bare metal. The stamps read RO & CO GA II 1940 (Rubery Owen and Company Ltd of Leeds). The shell had evidence of a glossy green overpaint and further evidence of numerous layers of paint beneath that. The shell shows evidence of heavy service with numerous small dints around the crown. The inside showed surface rust mostly. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in dark olive-drab with a textured outer surface. 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 58 cm. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement spring/web type, khaki chinstrap with steel hardware. The shell has been fitted with an dark brown cam net. $195 AUD