Original 1944 Dated British Army Dispatch Rider's Helmet - Size 7

Original 1944 Dated British Army Dispatch Rider's Helmet - Size 7

Code: 54338

£265.00 Approx $330.01, €308.5

An excellent wartime example of a dispatch rider's helmet dated 1944 and in a size 7. 

This pattern of helmet was introduced specifically for motorcyclists in 1942 and saw widespread issue throughout the rest of the Second World War. It shares the same shell as the Helmet, Steel, Airborne Troops but has a different liner system which is specific to this pattern. 

The date is stamped inside the leather headband as well as the manufacture 'BMB' which stands for British Motor Bodies, one of the most prolific helmet manufactures of the Second World War. Also stamped is the size of 7 inside a shield shape.

The outside of the helmet retains the vast majority of its original dark green paint finish which is the factory paint with a non-reflective matt finish. It is darker than the colour used by BMB in the mid-war period with the earlier lighter colour still evident to the metalwork of the liner inside the helmet as illustrated in picture 9. There is the odd chip and numerous blemishes to the paintwork which are to be expected but overall the condition is very good as can be seen in the pictures.

The interior is virtually immaculate. The leather work is in excellent shape as are the buckle and pop std on the chin strap and the white cotton head support is free from any damage or staining.

This helmet would compliment any collection and would certainly be hard to better in many ways. It is a very original example and displays very well indeed.