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WW1 British Officer's Overseas Service Wolsley Pattern Tropical Pith Helmet To The Prince Albert's Somerset Light Infantry With Formation Patch. Sn 11496 - 11496
The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) was an infantry regiment of the British Army, which served under various titles from 1685 to 1959. Its lineage is continued today by The Rifles. In 1912 the Regiment was named Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). The Regiment saw active service in the First World War, with Battalions involved on the Western Front, Mesopotamia (now Iraq) and Palestine. The Wolseley pattern Pith helmet is a distinctive British design developed and popularised in the late-19th/ early 20th century. With its swept-back brim it provided greater protection from the sun than the old Foreign Service helmet and its use was soon widespread among British Civil and Military personnel serving overseas. This is an excellent original WW1 British Officer's Wolsley Pattern Tropical Pith Helmet To The Prince Albert's Somerset Light Infantry. Its khaki canvas cover is undamaged. It has its original broad pleated 9 fold pagri head band & vented top mount. The body of the helmet and its leather brim trim is clean and undamaged & all other material and stitching including the liner and sweatband are excellent and clean. The right side of the helmet has its original Black & Yellow cloth military formation patch embroidered with Regiment Badge. It is complete with leather sweatband and cloth liner which are all complete. It has brass chin strap hooks. The liner is crisply ink stamped by the manufacturer ‘Hawkes & Co Ltd’ with size 6 7/8’ (illustrated). It also has an original red and white paper label with cleaning instructions. Initials ‘JAH’ have been contemporarily hand written in ink on the liner in small letters Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11496
£645.00

SUPERB, Victorian Home Service Pattern, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Officer's Blue Cloth Helmet With Spike Top Mount By Hawkes & Co, London. Sn 11552 - 11522
The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) was an Infantry Regiment of the line of the British Army. It served under various titles from 1680 to 1959. Its lineage is continued today by the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. The Regiment served with distinction in all major conflicts involving British Armed Forces. This is an excellent, Victorian Officer's spike topped Home Service blue cloth helmet to the The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. It has gilt metal cross piece, spike top and rose bosses supporting a leather backed link chin chain. The front of the helmet bears the impressive Victorian Regiment brass & gilt helmet plate with red felt central background, Lion, Wreath, Garter Star, Queen Victoria Crown and Latin motto. The helmet plate is original. The helmet is complete with leather sweatband, stitched panel lining and red material with draw string. A small area of the red material has become detached from the sweatband at some point in its life but this could easily be re stitched. The lining has a crisp manufacturer's ink stamp 'Hawkes & Co Piccadilly London Cork Patent' (illustrated). The lining also has an unreadable contemporary ink signature, no doubt the Officer who was issued with the helmet. It is approx. UK size 6. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11552
£975.00

WW2 American M 1941 Tankers Helmet, Size 58. Sn 11530 - 11530
A WW2 American M1941 Tankers helmet, size 58. The official designation for this simple 'bump protection' helmet is often suffixed M1938 or M1941. In 1938 the Ordnance Board initiated trials to find a replacement for the infantry and cavalry pattern tank crew helmets then in use. In 1941 the Rawliongs company filed a patent for the design that was accepted by the board and issued to the US forces the same year. The helmet is made from resin impregnated fibre with leather fittings and lining cradle. Typical of tank helmets of the period it provided no ballistic protection but was adequate for bump protection inside the tank. The shell of the M1 helmet could be worn over the tankers helmet if additional protection was needed. (see page 115-116 in 'Tin Hats To Composite Helmets' book by Martin J. Brayley). The helmet is in very good condition. It is complete and has the size 58" (American Metric Size) stamped in black ink inside the rear leather padding. The out side is in very good undamaged condition with just a few marks as your would expect from normal use inside a tank. It has flexible side flaps which house the R-14 earphones and a canvas chin strap which secures with a press stud. The inside leather liner has a draw string adjustment. The price includes Uk delivery. Sn 11530
£295.00

WW2, Single Decal, Luftwaffe Steel Combat Helmet With Liner & Chin Strap. Sn 8139. - 8139
An excellent original single decal, WW2, Luftwaffe steel combat helmet. It has no dents & all rivets are in place together with it's chin strap bales. The helmet retains it's most of it's Dark Grey Paint and has it's original brown leather liner and chinstrap with buckle. The left of the helmet features the dramatic Luftwaffe Eagle in flight with Swastika Decal. The Eagle decal is in nice condition with great original colour. The helmet is stamped on the inside rim 'bk2 2079' and is approx UK size 7. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% genuine. Price for this Luftwaffe helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 8139
£875.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD (09/10) Original WW2 German M42 Combat Helmet With Original Camouflage Paint Marked ‘CKL 66’ & ‘423’ With Liner. HE 855 - HE 855
An original WW2 German M42 steel combat helmet. It has no dents & all rivets are in place together with its chin strap bales. The helmet retains its shades of green and tan camo paint. It has its original leather sweatband liner which is clean and intact. Its chinstrap is absent. The steel rim of the helmet is stamped ‘CKL 66’ & ‘423’ (illustrated inset in image 2). The helmet has no dents and correct M42 unrolled rim edge. It is original and un-messed with. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. It is approx. UK size 7. Price includes UK delivery. HE 855
£0.00

Early WW2 German Luftwaffe Double Decal M35 Combat Helmet & Original Liner & Chin Strap. Sn 7405 - 7405
An excellent original double decal, WW2, Luftwaffe M35 steel combat helmet. It has no dents & all rivets are in place together with it's chin strap bales. The helmet retains it's original Dark Grey Paint and original brown leather headband and chinstrap which is in the same excellent condition. The left of the helmet features the dramatic early bent legged Luftwaffe Eagle in flight with Swastika Decal. The bent legged Eagle was later replaced with a straight legged Eagle. The right decal is the German State red, buff & black striped shield. The Eagle decal is in outstanding condition with great original colour and the state decal has some scuffing but retains it's vivid colour. It is size 062 which is stamped correctly into the inside rim. This helmet has some flecks of white paint on the exterior which are not contemporary and probably occurred by being stored in an area of a room that has been decorated. We have not attempted to remove this paint as we did not want to cause damage and it does not detract from the great appearance of the helmet. The helmet is original and un-messed with. There is a 100% guarantee of originality with this and all our stock. Price for this quality helmet with original decals includes UK delivery. Sn 7405.
£1,395.00

1890 pattern Bavarian Reserve Regiment Officers Pickelhaube. HE 322 - HE 322
A great condition, original, M1890 Pattern Officers Bavarian Reserve Regiment Pickelhaube. It has the correct original huge Bavarian helmet plate with Reservist Cross. The helmet is sound and in good condition, all the stitching is firm and the metal work good. Very tall spike on one piece cross base. Lions head chin chain bosses and the added bonus of an early additional state cockade added on the LHS of the helmet. The chin scales are original. Original superior quality leather and silk officers liner. A really nice original and very hard to find early pickelhaube. The price includes UK delivery. HE 322
£1,250.00

WW1 British Wolseley Pattern Overseas Service/ Tropical Pith Helmet Solar Topee With Pagri Formation Patches ‘IV’ To The 4th Brigade (RGA) Sherwood Foresters Notts & Derby Regiment. Sn 11320 - 11320
The Wolseley pattern Pith helmet is a distinctive British design developed and popularised in the late-19th/ early 20th century. With its swept-back brim it provided greater protection from the sun than the old Foreign Service helmet and its use was soon widespread among British Civil and Military personnel serving overseas. During the First World War, the Sherwood Foresters had 33 Battalions in service, of which 20 served overseas mainly on the Western Front, but also in Gallipoli, Italy and the Middle East. Over 140,000 men served in the Regiment which lost 11,400 killed. The Regiment won 57 battle honours and 2,000 decorations, including nine Victoria Crosses. This is an original Wolseley pattern pith helmet to the Sherwood Foresters. It has its original 7 fold khaki head band 'Pagri' & vented top mount. The right side of the helmet has its original 4th Brigade Regiment formation patches on either side marked ‘IV’ on a green cloth patch. It is complete with leather sweatband and leather chinstrap. All material and stitching of the helmet, sweatband and chinstrap are undamaged with just the service wear to be expected. The crown of the helmet has the correct brass vent. The inside of the helmet has a nice label ‘Waterproof Tropical Helmet’.. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11320
£395.00

Post 1902 Volunteer Artillery Officer's Home Service Pattern, Blue Cloth Helmet With Ball Top Mount, Frosted Gilt Fittings & Early King’s Crown Frosted Gilt Helmet Plate. Sn 11214 - 11214
This is an excellent original Post 1902 Ball topped Volunteer Artillery Officer's Home Service blue cloth helmet. It has frosted gilt fittings including metal cross piece, ball top and rose bosses supporting velvet backed link chin chain. The front of the helmet bears the impressive frosted gilt Volunteer Artillery Helmet Plate with Kings Crown, Royal Arms, with scroll below over an artillery piece resting on a scroll. The helmet plate has the early rotating wheel on the gun carriage. The helmet plate is original with correct lug mounts. The helmet is complete with leather sweatband, stitched panel lining and cotton material with draw string all in excellent clean condition. The cotton has contemporary hand writing ‘F. Strickland’ no doubt the name of the Artillery Officer who owned this helmet. The crown of the helmet has the correct vent. It is approx. UK size 6. Price for this quality helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 11214
£725.00

Pre 1902, Victorian Home Service Pattern, British Officers Blue Cloth Helmet Of The 1st Volunteer Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment To Captain W.A. White By Hobson & Sons London With Original Transit Tin. Sn 11251 - 11251
The West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) (14th Foot) was an Infantry Regiment of the British Army. In 1958 it amalgamated with The East Yorkshire Regiment (15th Foot) to form The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire. On 6 June 2006 The Regiment was amalgamated with the Green Howards and the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) to form the Yorkshire Regiment. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Volunteer Battalions of the West Yorkshire Regiment sent companies to the Boer War and were granted the battle honour South Africa 1900–02. Captain W.A. White of the 1st Volunteer West Yorkshire Regiment was obviously a successful career Soldier and an entry in the London Gazette dated January 24th 1905 records Lieutenant-Colonel W.A. White as resigning his commission and being granted the Honourary rank of Colonel. This is an excellent Victorian Officer's spike topped pre 1902 Home Service blue cloth helmet of the 1st Volunteer Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. It has a metal cross piece, spike and rose bosses supporting a velvet backed chin chain. The front of the helmet bears the original Queen’s Crown 1st Volunteer Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment plate with correct lug mounts. The helmet is complete with leather and cloth sweatband and stitched panel lining. The crown has a superb manufacturer's label outlined in gold leaf 'Hobson & Sons 37 & 38 Little Windmill Street Haymarket London W’ (illustrated inset in image 2). The helmet is contained in its original tin transit case with hinged lid & carry handle. The lid has 2 excellent brass plates one a manufacturer’s with Queen’s Crown and detail ‘Hobsons & Sons Military Outfitters’ together with Haymarket address and ‘No. 41,43 & 44 Artillery Place Woolwich’. The other plate is beautifully engraved to ‘Captain W.A. White 1st W.R. Yorkshire Rt’. The tin has some traces of its original Japanned finish. This helmet and tin have been recently acquired from a collector who has had this item in their possession since 1936. A letter from a family member of the last owner explaining some of the features of the helmet & tin accompanies this piece. The price for this fine helmet with Tin to a named Volunteer Battalion Officer which is worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 11251.
£1,275.00
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