Original British MKII Warden's Helmet with 1938 Dated Liner
An original WW2 British MKII Steel Helmet fitted with a 1938 dated liner and painted in ARP Warden colours.
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 helmet has been painted black and features a 'W' painted to the front to denote the wearer as an Air Raid Warden. This paint scheme was used pre-war and throughout the whole of WW2. 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 'Vero' and bears the size of 7 as well as the 1938 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 paint work and various signs of age to the liner but generally speaking it appears to be sound.
A good helmet with a nice early liner.