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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

Original 1972 Dated British Paratrooper’s Jump Helmet As Used By British Troops During The Falklands War WD Marked By CWL With Liner, Chin Strap & Camo Netting Cover. Sn 11217 - 11217
This is an excellent original British Paratroopers Jump Helmet with webbing liner & leather chin cup. This pattern of helmet was issued to British Paratroopers during the Falklands War. This helmet has no denting and is complete with correct liner & webbing chinstrap with leather chin cup. The helmet has its original olive green paint finish. The leather sweatband is crisply date stamped '1972' together with manufacturer's mark 'CWL' and size '7 1/2'. The helmet is complete with its original camo netting cover. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11217
£475.00

Victorian 12th (Prince Of Wales) Lancer's Troopers Lance Cap WD Marked & 1902 Dated With Queen’s Crown Plate & Plume. Sn 9493 - 9493
This is a scarce, original, Cavalry Trooper's Lance Cap of the 12th (Prince Of Wales) Lancer's. The Lance Cap has a skull and peak of black patent leather with yellow & green cloth band. It has a mortar board top with red cloth ridged sides and yellow cord descending the angled corners. It has a brass plume boss with Red horse hair plume. The boss is fitted with a yellow & green material ball mount bearing the embossed 'Queen's Crown with Crossed Lances and 12' of the 12th lancers. The Cap plate has a Victorian Crown at the top over the Royal Arms of Great Britain with 5 Battle Honours including the Crimean War. The leather backed brass chin chain is suspended from two Lion's head ear bosses. The Lance Cap is complete with sweat band and liner. The Crown has ink stamps ‘WD with Arrow’ & ‘9 (September) 1902’ (Queen Victoria died on 22nd January 1901 and was succeeded by King Edward VII, Uniform including Helmets & Lance Caps made during the reign of Queen Victoria continued to be issued with Queen’s crown plates in the early years of King Edward’s Reign). Material on the inside of the helmet has remnants of a size and manufacturer label which is unreadable. It is approx UK size 6. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 9493
£1,575.00

Post 1902 Home Service Pattern, Army Service Corps (ASC) Officer's Blue Cloth Helmet With Ball Top Mount By W.Cater & Co, Pall Mall London. Sn 11121 - 11121
The British Army Service Corps (ASC) was constituted by Royal Warrant on 11 December 1888. Most officers initially transferred from the former Transport Commissariat to the ASC. The new supply and transport systems introduced by the Corps worked very well during the Second Boer War, 1899-1902, fought on the South African veldt. In WW1 the ASC were responsible for supplying vast tonnages of, equipment and ammunition to troops utilising horses, motor vehicles, railways and waterways, the ASC performed prodigious feats of logistics. This is a nice, Post 1902 Officer's Home Service blue cloth helmet to the ASC. It has gilt a metal cross piece, ball top and rose bosses supporting a velvet backed link chin chain. The front of the helmet bears the combined white metal letters 'ASC' helmet plate with black enamel background, Wreath, Garter Star and Kings Crown. The helmet plate is original with correct lug mounts. The helmet is complete with leather sweatband and stitched panel lining and red material with draw string. The lining has a superb manufacturer's red leather label at the crown with gold lettering ‘W.Cater & Co, 56 Pall Mall London Est 1776’ (illustrated). It is approx. UK size '6 1/2'. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11121
£595.00

Post 1901 Volunteer Artillery Officer's Home Service Pattern, Blue Cloth Helmet With Ball Top Mount, Silver Plated Fittings & Frosted Silver Helmet Plate - 10946
This is an excellent original Post 1901 Ball topped Volunteer Artillery Officer's Home Service blue cloth helmet. It has silver plated fittings including metal cross piece, ball top and rose bosses supporting velvet backed link chin chain. The front of the helmet bears the impressive silver frosted Volunteer Artillery Helmet Plate with Kings Crown, Royal Arms, with scroll below over an artillery piece resting on a scroll. The helmet plate is original with correct lug mounts. The silver plating on the fittings has wear consistent with age. The helmet is complete with leather sweatband, stitched panel lining and red material with draw string all in excellent clean condition. The crown of the helmet has a lovely leather label embossed in gold 'Best London Manufacture'. It also has a small printed size label '6 7/8'. Price for this quality helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 10946
£975.00

WW1 British MK II Brodie Combat Helmet With Liner & Chin Strap. HE 851 - HE 851 / 10841
The Brodie helmet was a steel combat helmet designed and patented in 1915 by Englishman John Leopold Brodie. Brodie's design had a shallow circular crown with a wide brim around the edge, a leather liner, and a leather chinstrap. The helmet's "soup bowl" shape was designed to protect the wearer's head and shoulders from shrapnel shell projectiles bursting from above the trenches. The design allowed the use of relatively thick steel that could be formed in a single pressing while maintaining the helmet's thickness. This WW1 Brodie helmet has the MK II 'turned rim edge' (earlier MK 1 Brodies had a raw edge) and has it's original, untouched, oil cloth liner and leather adjustable chin strap with buckle (one side of the chin strap has perished with age but this could easily be repaired). The liner is stamped with a clear red ink 'Brodie' stamp (illustrated). It has the correct chin strap bales secured by split pins and rivet at the crown. The inside rim of the helmet is stamped 'HS 164'. The helmet retains it's original textured finish and much of it's original olive green paint. It is approx. UK size 6 1/2. Price for this WW1 helmet includes UK delivery. HE 851
£475.00

British Royal Horse Artillery Tarleton Helmet With King George Helmet Plate & Plume. Sn 10153 - 10153
The Regiments of the Royal Horse Artillery (RHA), dating from 1793, are part of the Royal Regiment of Artillery of the British Army. The RHA served with distinction at the battle of Waterloo. Today horses are still in service for ceremonial purposes but were phased out from operational deployment during the 1930s. The Tarleton helmet was named after Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Banastre Tarleton who led British Light Cavalry known as ‘Tarleton’s Legion’ during the American War of Independence (1775-83). This is an impressive original Military Tarleton helmet to the British Royal Horse Artillery. We have been unable to date this helmet which is in superb condition but it has many of the features of an early Tarleton. It has the correct 'boiled leather' hard skull black fur top and fur headband. The fur headband is mounted with chains. It has a leather brim with brass rim and brass rims to the skull. The Tarleton has brass rose bosses and leather backed scale chin strap with buckle. The left side has a brass plume holder and removable Ostrich feather plume in red and white. The right side has a brass helmet plate Crown GR 'George Rex' (illustrated). The Front of it's brass headband is beautifully engraved 'Royal Horse Artillery' in large letters. It has an olive material sweatband liner with drawstring and a clean interior. Some parts of this Tarleton may have been refurbished at some time in it's life. All metal, material, leather and stitching of this excellent piece are clean and intact. It is approx UK size 7 1/2. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 10153
£1,875.00

WW2 1941 War Department Marked British Overseas Service Tropical Solar Topee Helmet By Helmets Ltd Wheathampstead With WD Marked Canvas Transit Bag. Sn 10368 - 10368
This is an excellent original WW2 British Overseas Service Tropical Solar Topee Helmet. It's khaki canvas cover is undamaged. It has it's original khaki head band & vented top mount. It is complete with leather sweatband and original foil liner. The foil lining is in excellent condition considering how delicate the linings of these helmets were. The inside of the sweatband is WD & arrow ink stamped together with number 821. The sweatband also has an excellent red 7 white paper label marked by the manufacturer 'Helmets Ltd Wheathampstead' together with WD arrow, 1941 date & size 6 3/4. All material and stitching of the helmet are clean and undamaged. It has one of it's original brass chin strap hooks on the left side. The right hook is absent. The helmet is complete with it's original canvas transit bag. The bag is clean and intact. The bag has it's original cotton draw cord. The inside of the bag is ink stamped 'WD & arrow' together with 'JO 194' & arrow. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 10368
£225.00

WW2 Belgian Infantry 1926 Pattern Adrian Combat Helmet, Liner & Lion's Head Badge. Sn 10264 - 10264
This is a WW2 era Belgian Infantry 1926 French Pattern 'Adrian' Combat Helmet complete with it's original liner, chinstrap and Lion's head badge. The helmet differs from the WW1 design by being stamped from 1 piece of Steel and having a series of small ventilation holes in the crown instead of a single large hole which was viewed as a weak point of the old design. It retains most of it's original black paint finish. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 10264
£275.00

RARE, Model 1945 French Armée de l'Air Pilot's Steel Helmet With Hinged Steel Collar Armour. Sn 10255 - 10255
The French Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air is the air force of the French Armed Forces. It was formed in 1909 as the Service Aéronautique, a service arm of the French Army, then was made an independent military arm in 1933. This is a rare Model 1945 French Pilot's heavy steel helmet together with hinged steel collar armour. The helmet has a contoured neck guard and padded leather ridge to the forehead. The top of the helmet has a reinforced spine. The helmet retains some of it's original black paint and has no dents. The inside of the helmet has it's original leather and webbing liner and leather chin strap with buckle. The inside of the helmet also has it's original white paint marking 'Franck Modele 1945 France' and partially readable 'Milliers' name (illustrated). The helmet is approx UK size 7. The helmet is accompanied by it's original hinged steel collar armour secured by a raised steel stud. The collar is backed with leather and designed to protect the shoulders and chest of the pilot. The leather backing of the collar has some service wear. Price for this rare pilot's helmet complete with collar armour includes UK delivery. Sn 10255
£395.00
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