British Infantry Helmets

Brit01 - The shell is an original WWII shell and appears to be Canadian, going by the top nut, and has a stainless steel band around the rim. Very little of any original paint remained with most inner and outer surfaces coated in surface rust. The helmet smelt like it had been coated in WD40 at some time but this had dried out. The shell was cleaned back to bare metal and rust treated. Some stamping was visible under the flare; a 4 and a T was very faint and possibly some other obscured stamps. Cleary visible was the letter B and 11/1941. The chinstrap mounts are the clip type and appear to be made of stainless steel. The brass top screw is flat, about 20mm in diameter, faces inwards with a small brass nut on the inside. A replacement liner has been fitted. It has a plastic frame with a rubber X pad in the dome with a vinyl type liner and shoe lace draw string. It is a size 58 cm. The chinstrap is the early spring/webbing type and is an excellent replica of the originals. A replica helmet net is fitted and the helmet has been painted in smooth matt olive drab. $210 AUD
Brit06 - 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 only factory stamp I can see is a heavily stamped 1 near one of the chinstrap lugs; there were some faint illegible markings in the same area as well. There was rust pitting inside and some on the outside. No original paint remained. It was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted a dark olive-drab with a fine texture on the outer. The helmet liner is an imported 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 58 cm. The helmet has been fitted with a replacement WW2 spring/web type chinstrap with steel fittings. $195 AUD Extras: An olive-drab cam net has also been fitted.
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
Brit10 - 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 C.L./C. 1942 9o (Canadian Motor Lamp Company – Windsor, Ontario Canada). The shell retains all of its WW2, factory applied, smooth matt, dark olive-drab paint. There are a few minor dints in the crown. 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