An original 1938 dated Wolseley pattern sun helmet in good condition.
This pattern or helmet has its roots in the 19th Century when sun helmets were a common site in the tropics. They were still in use throughout the Great War and in the interwar years but were phased out in the early part of the Second World War. Often referred to as 'pith helmets' due to the type of cork they were made from which was chosen for its lightweight qualities. This inturn is covered in a khaki coloured cotton drill material and the interior is lined with silver foil to help deflect the heat from the sun. A cotton pugree is fitted around the dome of the helmet and a vent is placed at the top.
Inside the helmet is a leather sweatband as is usually found on this pattern of helmet. The reverse of this features a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'S' which denotes 1938 as the year of issue.
The helmet is in reasonable condition for its age with some soiling to the exterior etc as is illustrated in the pictures. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
Altogether a good example of this pattern of helmet with an early date.
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