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Ancient Japanese Early Edo Period C1650-1700, Iron Kabuto Helmet & 5 Piece Shikoro Neck Guard Armour. Sn 14475:2 - 14475:2
The Edo period is the period between 1603 and 1868 in the history of Japan, when Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country's 300 regional daimyo. Armour in Japan has a history that goes back as far as the 4th century. Japanese armour developed enormously over the centuries since its introduction to the battlefield. It was worn to varying degrees by numerous classes and was seen on the battlefield both on mounted and foot troops. Armour was expensive to produce and held in high esteem by Japanese families. Japanese Kabuto helmets were made from iron or leather riveted together. Shikoro neck guard armour was made from several layers of curved iron or leather strips suspended from the bottom edge of the kabuto by macrame cords (odoshi) made from leather and/or braided silk. This is an original example of an early Edo period C1650-1700 Japanese Kabuto helmet with original Shikoro 5 piece neck guard armour plates. The russet iron helmet has copper fittings and slotted front mount for family or clan badge or mon. The helmet bowl without liner is approx. UK size 7 ½. The 5 Piece Shikoro Neck Guard Armour iron scales are undamaged and require binding together by cord or leather and attaching to the helmet bowl. The price for this ancient Japanese piece which would make a superb display piece when assembled includes UK delivery. Sn 14475:2
£1,100.00

Ancient Japanese Early Edo Period C1650-1700, Iron Kabuto Helmet , 5 Piece Shikoro Neck Guard Armour, Woven Agemaki Decorative Cords With Tassels, Demon Maedate, Iron Hanbo Mask Throat & Chin Armour With Purpose Made Wooden Display Stand. - 14475:1
The Edo period is the period between 1603 and 1868 in the history of Japan, when Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country's 300 regional daimyo. Armour in Japan has a history that goes back as far as the 4th century. Japanese armour developed enormously over the centuries since its introduction to the battlefield. It was worn to varying degrees by numerous classes and was seen on the battlefield both on mounted and foot troops. Armour was expensive to produce and held in high esteem by Japanese families. Japanese Kabuto helmets were made from iron or leather riveted together. Shikoro neck guard armour was made from several layers of curved iron or leather strips suspended from the bottom edge of the kabuto by macrame cords (odoshi) made from leather and/or braided silk. Helmets were often adorned with agemaki decorative cords & tassels. The agemaki also served as an attachment point. This is an excellent original example of an early Edo period C1650-1700 Japanese Kabuto helmet with Shikoro 5 piece neck guard and decorative agemaki cord with tassel. The lacquered russet iron helmet has a copper fittings including a slotted copper front mount for family or clan badge or mon. The mount is fitted with a later, quality made, removable painted wood, demon maedate. The helmet bowl without liner is approx. UK size 6 ½. The 5 Piece Shikoro Neck Guard Armour with correct iron scales retain much of their original lacquer finish. They are joined together and to the helmet by woven cords. The helmet and neck guard come with their woven agemaki decorative cords with Tassels. The original iron hanbo half-mask covering the throat and chin are in similar excellent condition. The iron mask has the correct ventilation/ drainage hole under the chin. The rear has original red lacquer finish. The 4 piece throat armour is held together in layers by woven cord. The metal of the throat guard plates retain much of their original brown lacquer finish. The Armour comes with a quality, purpose made wooden display stand. The stand without armour is 12” height and 10” width. The price for this impressive ancient Japanese piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14475:1
£2,250.00

WW2 Era Italian Colonial Infantry Tropical Helmet. Sn 14416 - 14416
This is an original WW2 era Italian Colonial Infantry Tropical Helmet. The helmet’s tan canvas body, sweatband, lining and leather chin strap with buckle are clean and undamaged. It has the correct brass hook chin strap bales. The right side of the helmet is mounted with the correct cockade pocket. The crown of the helmet has the correct alloy vent with original olive green paint. The inside of the helmet is stamped with number ‘56’ (size). The helmet is approx UK size 6 ½. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14416
£275.00

Irish Free State Model 1927 Vickers Steel Helmet & Irish Free State Badge. He 864 - HE 864
This is a very nice condition Irish Free State P1927 Steel helmet and badge. The Vickers helmet, in spite of its British manufacture, its ‘German’ style rendered it the butt of much anti-Irish British propaganda. During the 1920s the newly formed Irish Defence Forces began looking for a steel helmet. At first the French Adrian model, named after its inventor, August-Louis Adrian, was tested on a limited scale but was found to be unsatisfactory. Eventually it was decided to choose the German helmet used in the First World War, and in November 1926 the Irish government approached the German consulate requesting a modern sample. The German Foreign Office’s reply, dated 30 December 1926, advised that the export of steel helmets was prohibited under the terms laid down by the Versailles Treaty, and for that reason they were unable to comply. So the Irish Free State had to look elsewhere. An order for the helmets was placed with Vickers & Co. Ltd, London, and the design was to be based on the German pattern worn during the Great War. The German consulate in Dublin reported to the Foreign Office in Berlin on 16 August 1927 to the effect that Vickers & Co. had been asked to deliver the helmets ‘to be tested for their expediency during the autumn manoeuvres next year’. The helmet produced was similar to the German one except that the sides were more gently sloped and it was painted a dark shade of green. The most relevant features were the two small brackets affixed to the front to hold an officer’s pattern cap badge painted black and worn by all ranks when the occasion required. On the inside rim of the centre of the rear was a die-stamped inscription ‘V Ltd.’ with a serial number. The interior fittings were completed in Dublin and were stamped ‘T. Smith & Son, Dublin, 1927’. This helmet has "H8669" (Approx 10,000 were made) followed by "V Ltd P 407/27" stamped inside at the rear. It has the three tongue liner pads with draw string and the leather liner band is stamped with "T Smith & Sons Dublin 1927". The outside, to the front has two small brackets for the Irish Free State badge to locate in, the badge is in good condition and retains the pins to the rear. The helmet is in very good undamaged condition. The leather chin strap retains both metal fittings and adjusting buckle. This is a very nice complete example which is nicely marked. The price includes UK delivery. HE 864
£495.00

Original, WW2 1942 British Army Motorcycle Despatch / Dispatch Rider’s Helmet By BMB With Liner & Leather Chin Strap. Sn 14371 - 14371
This is an excellent original WW2 1942 dated British Army motorcycle despatch / dispatch rider’s helmet. This helmet has no denting and is complete with webbing liner & padded leather sweatband, vented ear flaps, chin strap with buckle and rear laced head piece. The helmet has its original green paint. The leather sweatband is date stamped '1942' together with manufacturer's mark 'BMB' and size ' 6 3/4'. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. The price for this WW2 dated helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 14371
£295.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD Original, WW2 1943 Dated British 3rd Pattern 'D-Day' Camouflaged Paratroopers Jump Helmet By BMB With Camo Netting, Liner & Chin Strap. Sn 14374 - 14374
This is an excellent, original, complete, WW2 1943 dated 3rd Pattern British Paratroopers Jump Helmet 3rd pattern Jump Helmets were manufactured from 1943 and featured a manganese steel shell with webbing liner & leather chin cup. This pattern of helmet 1st saw action on June 6th 1944 for the Normandy Invasion (see page 93 of For King & Country By Glenn). This helmet has no denting and is complete with correct liner & chinstrap. It has most of its original rough texture green and brown Camo paint. The leather sweatband is date stamped '1943' together with manufacturer's mark 'BMB' and size '7’. The helmet is fitted with its original Camo netting. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. Price for this excellent complete Para jump helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 14374
£0.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD VERY RARE, Original, WW2 1942 Dated British 1st Pattern Paratroopers Jump Helmet With Fibre Rim By BMB With Liner & Chin Strap. Sn 14373 - 14373
This is an excellent, complete, original WW2 1942 dated 1st Pattern British Paratroopers Jump Helmet (See page 92 of For King & Country By Glenn). 1st Pattern helmets featured a manganese steel shell with fibre rim. They were only manufactured during 1942 and soon replaced by 2nd and 3rd types. This helmet has no denting and is complete with correct fibre rim, liner & black leather chin strap with chin cup. The helmet has its original green paint. The leather sweatband is date stamped '1942' together with manufacturer's mark 'BMB' and size '7 3/8'. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. Price for this very rare 1st Pattern para jump helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 14373
£0.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD Original, WW2 1943 ‘Arnhem’ British All Steel 2nd Pattern Paratroopers Jump Helmet By BMB With Liner, Leather Chin Strap & Original Camo Netting. Sn 14360 - 14360
This is an excellent original WW2 1943 dated 2nd Pattern British Paratroopers Jump Helmet. This pattern of helmet were manufactured during 1942 and 1943 and mainly worn by Paras who saw action in Italy, Normandy, Arnhem & Germany (see page 92 of For King & Country By Glenn). 2nd Pattern helmets featured an all manganese steel shell without fibre rim and leather chin strap. This helmet has the correct 2nd Pattern features and retains its original olive green finish which has surface wear to be expected with age and service use. It has no dents. It is complete with liner & leather chin strap with chin cup. The leather sweatband is date stamped '1943' together with manufacturer's mark 'BMB' and size '6 3/4'. The helmet is fitted with original camo netting. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. Price for this WW2 dated Paratrooper’s jump helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 14360
£0.00

SOLD SOLD WW1 Era, Model 1895, Prussian Officer's Pickelhaube Helmet With Imperial State Cockades & Fitted Transit Case. Sn 12724 - 12724
This is an original WW1 Era M1895 Prussian Officer's Pickelhaube. It has the correct original correct large Prussian Eagle helmet. The helmet is in superb condition, all the stitching and leather of the body is intact. It has a large vented conical spike and correct chin strap mounts with original leather chin strap which has brass buckles. Both sides of the Pickelhaube are mounted with Imperial State cockades. It is complete with its original clean leather liner. The leather is ink marked with numbers and letters which may be dates and / or Regiment numbers ‘JR 84’, ‘1904’, ‘1911’ and ‘III8’ (illustrated). It is approx UK size 6. The helmet comes with its original leather covered wood transit case with leather carry handle, removable base and leather retaining strap with buckle (one end of the retaining strap has perished and does not meet the buckle but could easily be replaced). The interior of the case is fitted with padded material and has a small handwritten ink monogram ‘JW’ (illustrated). The leather of the case is undamaged and has just light surface scuffs consistent with age and use. The exterior of the case has the partial remains of a blue coloured contemporary transit label (illustrated). The price for this excellent original WW1 Pickelhaube set includes UK delivery. Sn 12724
£0.00

Pressed Steel Company Oxford WW2 British Home Front, National Fire Service Tommy Helmet, Liner and Chinstrap. Sn 14255 - 14255
This is an excellent original, WW2, steel National Fire Service, factory detachment to the Pressed Steel Company at Oxford 'Tommy' helmet. The Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) formed in January 1938 and fire stations were set up in buildings such as schools, garages and factories. A recruitment drive was launched with as many as 28,000 fire fighters required to support London Fire Brigade's 2,500 officers and fire fighters. To provide a unified service throughout the country, the National Fire Service (NFS) took control on 18 August 1941 when all AFS were merged with local brigades to form a national service. By 1943 over 70,000 women had enrolled in the NFS in the United Kingdom. The helmet is painted olive green and has its original transfer National Fire Service badge in gold and red. Also on the front below the transfer is the logo of the Pressed Steel Company at Oxford, a three bladed propeller with "PSC". Inside on the rim it has "Drewett" in white paint. It has its original black oil cloth liner and sprung webbing chinstrap all of which are completely intact. The helmet is undamaged with no denting and it retains most of its original paint. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14255
£245.00
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