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SOLD SOLD (05/06) RARE, WW2 British 8th Army Sand Camouflage Tommy Combat Helmet With ‘Desert Rat’ Formation Mark, Oil Cloth Liner & Chin Strap. Sn 17433 - 17433
This is an excellent condition, complete, original, WW2, steel 'Tommy' Combat helmet worn by British Infantry. This helmet has all of its original rough texture sand camo paint as worn by the 8th Army in the North African campaign (known as the desert rats, the 8th Army was commanded by British Army officers, however its personnel came from Britain & throughout the British Empire and Commonwealth; exiles from German-occupied Europe and units from Australia, British India, Canada, Free French Forces, Greece, New Zealand, Poland, Rhodesia & South Africa). The inner rim of the helmet has no visible date or manufacturer stamps but they may be present under the camo paint. It has its complete oil cloth sweat band & webbing chinstrap all of which are intact. The helmet has the correct chin strap bales. One side of the helmet has the rare to find original stencilled ‘Desert Rat’ formation marking. The helmet is approx. UK size 7. The price for this excellent WW2 8th Army Combat helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 17433

VERY RARE WW1 British Machine Gun Corps (MGC) MK II 1918 Pattern Brodie Trench Helmet With Period Hand Painted MGC Crossed Vickers Heavy Machine Gun Badge Device, Cavalry Branch Horseshoe Formation Mark, Brodie Ink Stamped Oil Cloth Sweat Band Chin Strap - 17411
The Machine Gun Corps (MGC) was a Corps of the British Army, formed in October 1915 in response to the need for more effective use of machine guns on the Western Front in WW1. The MGC had units in the Infantry, Cavalry & Royal Navy. The Cavalry Branch of the MGC consisted of Machine Gun Squadrons, one per cavalry brigade. The MGC was disbanded in 1922. This is an original WW1 MK II 1918 Pattern British Brodie Steel helmet to the MGC Cavalry Branch, a sleeper, in as found unmessed with condition.. It has its original textured olive paint & some shallow small dents consistent with age and service use. The front of the helmet has period hand painted crossed Vickers HMG’s (the badge of the MGC. One side has a hand painted horseshoe formation mark indicating issue to the cavalry branch of the MGC. It has its correct small central copper rivet at the crown and chinstrap bales attached with correct split pins. It is fitted with its original black oilcloth headband with partially visible red ink 'Brodie' manufacturer's stamp. The inner rim is stamped with indistinct numbers. It has its original brown leather chinstrap with buckle. The helmet is approx. UK size 7. The price for this very rare MGC Brodie helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 17411

WW2 Nazi German Single Decal M40 Kriegsmarine Combat Helmet By Quist With Original Liner & Chinstrap Impressed 0/0146/00. Sn 17404:1 - 17404:1
This is an original WW2 era Nazi German M40 Luftwaffe combat helmet in excellent condition. The helmet retains most of its original grey / green paint finish. It has no dents and all rivets/ pins and steel chin strap bales are correctly in place. The inner skirt of the helmet is stamped with size ‘64’ together with ‘Q’ manufacturer mark which is ‘Quist’. The rim is also stamped ‘DN 1/16’ (DN was Quist’s patent identification code and 1/16 is most likely a lot number). It has period hand painted name ‘Woelki. E’ no doubt the name of the German soldier issued with this helmet. The left side of the helmet features its original Nazi Kriegsmarine Eagle with Swastika decal. The decal has excellent colouring and typical rubbing and wear with age & service use. The helmet is complete with original undamaged and clean leather liner. The liner has the name ‘Woelki. E’ repeated in ink handwriting. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17404:1

Original WW2 1942 Camo Single Decal M35 Helmet By ‘CKL’ Eisenhuttenwerke, Contemporarily Painted Operation Dragoon US 6th Army with Liner & Chin Strap HE 818 - HE 818
An original WW2 1942 dated camo German M35 helmet, liner and chin strap. The helmet is period painted on the front to commemorate Operation Dragoon, the Allied Invasion of Southern France on the 15th August 1944 where the US Army was involved. The helmet has a white square painted on the front which is edged with a black line, inside the square it has "Operation 601 Dragoon Provence TD" with a 'Y' painted in black with 8 white stars painted on it. The helmet is a veteran 'bring back'. The helmet has a single 'eagle with swastika' decal on the left hand side and is camo painted in shades of tan, brown and green. Inside it retains the brown/tan leather liner and draw string both of which are in very good condition. The black leather chin strap is secured at both ends onto metal buckles and has a buckle for adjustment. The chin strap is date stamped with "1942 and RBN /1/1151/0005" as can be seen in one of the photographs. The inside of the helmet is painted green and the inner rim is stamped with shell size '64' and manufacturer code manufacturer code ‘CKL’ which is Eisenhuttenwerke. This is a very good condition, complete M35 helmet. The price includes UK delivery. HE 818 (Commission)

WW2 Home Front, National Fire Service (NFS) Tommy Helmet Marked ‘A62’ With Liner & Chinstrap. HE 877 - HE 877
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. This is an excellent original, WW2, steel NFS 'Tommy' helmet. The helmet has all of its original green paint with red band and King’s Crown NFS insignia. The inner rim of the helmet is stamped ‘A62’. There are no date marks but they may be present under the paint. The rim also has period hand painted number ‘579438’ possibly the number of the NFS member who was issued with the helmet. 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. It is approx. UK size 6 ½. The price includes UK delivery. HE 877

C1930’s Nazi Freikorps WW1 German M16 Infantry Helmet With Liner & Chin Strap, Contemporaneously Converted For WW2 Use. HE 876 - HE 876
Freikorps were irregular German military volunteer units that existed from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. After WW1 during the period when Germany was banned from militarization, the Nazis secretly began re-arming. In this era the Friekorps were issued with WW1 equipment including combat helmets and uniform. This original WW1 German M16 helmet is one of those issued to the Friekorps after the Nazis came to power and contemporaneously repainted and adorned with Nazi insignia. Originally painted in WW1 green paint it has been overpainted with gray paint and large Nazi Swastika applied to the front. One side is numbered ‘73’ in original white paint. It has no dents and all rivets and steel chin strap loops are correctly in place. It also has its original leather chin strap. There are no visible date or manufacturer marks on the helmet but they may be present under the paint. The helmet is complete with original leather padded liner and headband. All leather and stitching are intact. The helmet is approx UK size 7. The price for this helmet with connections to both world wars includes UK delivery. HE 876

WW2 1944 British Army British Motor Bodies (BMB) Motorcycle Dispatch Rider’s Camouflaged Helmet With Liner & Leather Chin Strap. Sn 17183 - 17183
This is an excellent original WW2 1944 dated British Army motorcycle 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, press stud and rear laced head piece. The helmet has its original green & brown Camo paint. The leather sweatband is crisply date stamped '1944' together with manufacturer's mark 'BMB' (British Motor Bodies) and size ' 6 3/4'. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. The price for this WW2 dated dispatch rider’s helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 17183

Pre WW1 Imperial Prussian Fire Brigade Helmet With Helmet Plate & Combe Cockade / Plume. Sn 16678 - 16678
An original early 20th Century Imperial Prussian Fire Brigade helmet. The black Pickelhaube style helmet is made of hard boiled leather. It has front and rear visors. The helmet has a brass top comb red cockade / plume. It has its original leather backed brass scales chin strap & buckle. The front has its original large white metal plate. On the inside it has leather sweatband liner with cord. It is approx. UK size 7. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16678

PRIVATE PURCHASE , WW2 Era Nazi German ‘Luftshutz' Air Raid/ Civil Defence Steel Helmet By Vertrieb Genehmigt Gemass Liner And Chin Strap. Sn 17019:1 - 17019:1
This is an original, WW2 German Luftshutz Air Raid / Civil Defence helmet. It is in very good overall condition. The helmet retains its original dark blue paint and the front bears bold decal with Eagle wings, laurel wreath and Swastika with banner containing the title 'Luftshutz'. The helmet has the correct skull ventilation holes. It is complete with original leather padded liner and chinstrap with steel buckle. It is approx UK size 7. The inside of the rear skirt is stamped by the manufacturer ‘Mer RL 2-38/28 and has ink printed manufacturer labelling Vertrieb Genehmigt Gemass, 68 Luftschutzgesetz, Kopfweite 57’, indicating that this is a WW2 private purchase helmet. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17019:1

Scarce, Irish Free State Army 'Coal Scuttle' Model 1927 Helmet By Vickers Ltd Number 7501 of only 10,021 With Liner & Chin Strap. HE 875 - HE 875
An excellent condition, original, steel alloy, Irish Free State Army 'Coal Scuttle' Model 1927 Imperial German style helmet made by Vickers Ltd. Vickers made just 10,021 helmet shells all individually numbered. It has its original finish and bronze coloured helmet badge. Inside it has its original leather liner with correct 3 pads, each with their original inside padding. It has its original leather chinstrap with alloy buckle. The leather chinstrap is impressed by the manufacturer ‘O’Donoghue & Co Dublin’ & dated ‘1930’. The inside of the neck guard is crisply stamped V Ltd (Vickers), number ‘7501’ (of 10,021) another partial number which appears to be 'H4**' and '27' (1927 designation). The helmet is undamaged. It is approx. UK size 7 ½. A copy of a contemporary image showing a formation of Irish Free State soldiers marching in full uniform wearing their ‘Coal Scuttle’ helmets is illustrated in image 3). The price for this scarce helmet includes UK delivery. HE 875.
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