Original 1939 Dated Air Raid Warden's Steel Helmet
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An excellent original WW2 British MKII Steel Helmet which was used by an Air Raid Warden during the Second World War.
This pattern of helmet was introduced in the late 1930s and replaced the earlier brodie helmet shell shape used during the Great War and early inter-war period. They saw widespread issue throughout the Second World War with all arms of service including the Civil Defence.
The top side of the helmet has been painted black and features a hand painted 'W' to the front and back which denoted the wearer as an Air Raid Warden. This paint scheme was used pre-war and throughout the whole of WW2. What is particularly nice about this example is that it left the factory with an army khaki green No.3 paint finish as can be still seen inside the helmet. All the paintwork is undoubtedly original period work and has survived well. The manufacturer's markings are also present to the underside of the helmet and include the 1939 date.
The helmet is fitted with the correct pattern of chin strap which features sprung sides and an early pattern helmet liner which features the oval shape pad, only manufactured prior to 1941. The liner is maker marked 'Helmets Ltd' and bears the size of 7 as well as the 1939 date. The liner is fastened to the helmet with the correct large size brass screw used on early production helmets.
The overall condition of the helmet is good and it displays well. There are marks to the paintwork and various signs of age to the liner but generally speaking it appears to be sound.
A very nice early example of an ARP helmet with the correct early liner. This would make an excellent addition to any Home Front collection!