An original 1939 dated British Army MKII Steel Helmet with a 1939 dated liner and its original paint finish.
This pattern of helmet came into use with the British Army in the late 1930s and was the standard issue steel helmet by the outbreak of war, although the earlier MK1* helmets were also still being issued at this stage.
This example is dated 1939 to the shell and the liner making it ideal for a British Expeditionary Force collector or similar. The shell retains the majority of its original factory applied chocolate brown finish and looks good when displayed. There are various scuffs and chips which are to be expected.
The original liner is present which is dated 1939 and stamped as a size 6 3/4. The maker's initials of 'J. C. S. & W Ltd' is also present although it is slightly hard to see as the liner clearly got stamped twice. The top securing nut is the original and is the early war large style which is made from brass. The liner has the early pattern oval head shaped head pad as was produced in the very early war period.
The helmet comes complete with an original chin strap which again appears to be original to the helmet and is the correct sprung steel pattern.
The overall condition of the helmet is very good with only limited signs of wear and age. Overall it displays very well but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
All in all a very nice early war British Helmet with good clear dates and its factory applied paint finish still intact. A must have for the BEF or early war British collector!
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