An original 1941 dated Wolseley pattern sun helmet in good condition which belonged to a member of the RAF.
This helmet belonged to Aircraftman Cutter 1251521 who served with the RAF during WW2. He has marked his name to the reverse of the sweatband and has had the other men in his unit sign the reverse as illustrated in the pictures.
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. It bears the maker's name of 'Vero Everitt Ltd' as well as the 1941 date and the size of 7. The War Department broad arrow is also present.
Unlike many of these helmets found today, this example retains its original leather chin strap which is in good condition.
The helmet is in good condition for its age with some limited soiling to the exterior etc as is illustrated in the pictures. Overall it displays very well and is a clean example. 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 some great wartime history.