Posted 5 years ago
WW11 early “experimental” British steel helmet. The normal people reading this may care to look away now; However, the serious helmet collector, technically minded, or sad collector like myself, may wish to continue reading about this helmet. I obtained it in the 1980,s from a local titled family who had been involved pre WW11 with the development and production of British WW11 mk11 helmets. This was one helmet which they kept. It was part of a batch of pre full production helmets which were used as a test bed for different liners and chin straps in an effort to find the most suitable, before it was put into full production. It has an early liner with an uncovered top cushion pad, the full production liners had a Rexene covering to the pad. The helmet itself was pressed and painted without any chin strap attachment, different helmets were fitted with different strap attachments, this one has been fitted with WW1 style flat headed rivet and split pin, as you can see not painted the same colour as the helmet, but a later addition. The chin strap was made of leather, which broke easily, and so not used later, the helmet itself has no factory stamping as was put on in full production helmets. A rare helmet for the collector, probably boring for anyone else.