An original British Army MKII Steel Helmet with its original paint finish which was most likely made in 1938.
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 appears to be a Joseph Sankey & Sons made example as the markings are consistent with others from this period.
The shell retains its original factory applied chocolate brown coloured paint finish to the inside of the helmet whilst the exterior has a rough textured finish which is most likely field-applied. It is light in tone and typical of the type of disruptive camouflage finishes used during the Second World War. The underside of the rim bears the maker's initials of 'J.S.S' which denotes Joseph Sankey & Sons and the maker.
The liner is the correct early pattern which features an oval shaped pad rather than the later cruciform shape used from the middle of 1940 onwards. The markings are visible and include the maker's initials of 'J.C.S & W Ltd' which denotes J Compton Sons and Webb as the maker and the size of 7. The liner is held into the helmet with the mid war pattern smaller screw which is an acceptable period replacement and looks to have been fitted to the helmet for many years. There is evidence of where the large screw was originally fitted when the shell was repainted which is a nice detail.
The helmet comes complete with an original chin strap which is in used condition as can be seen in the pictures.
The overall condition of the helmet is good and it displays well. The liner is slightly dry and shows signs of age as does the chin strap. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
All in all a very nice early war British Helmet which is ideal for any early war collector!
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