Son bought a steel helmet for 25 quid

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by Owen, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Out Lechlade , Glos earlier today.
    Spotted this helmet on sale for 30 quid, my youngest took a fancy to it, told him to offer 20 for it but he offered 25 & the shop-keeper took that.

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  2. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Dads army?
  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I nearly purchased some WW2 headgear this week, but got sorely beaten in an eBay auction on Thursday.
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    We've had a closer look at it & on the inside of the rim is stamped 'VP' & the strap attachments have '1938' on both.
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  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Von Poop isnt that old is he ?? :whistle:

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  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Great buy
    just googled and amazing how many small companies in the UK during WW2 produced them
  7. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    A good collection here on view while downing a pint.

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  8. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Not like you to take such poor photos, Owen ! Afraid to use the flash in case someone shouted "Put that light out !" ? They look like Mk11 lugs. Can you take a photo of the rivets ? I've seen them fixed with soft rivets on Home front helmets. It seems they used the lugs up even on later shells. Is the rim magnetic ?

    I can't see VP in Marcus Cotton's list of manufacturers. Not 'WD' (William Dobson ?)

    Does it have a large head liner retaining screw ?

    It's not a bad price these days, whatever.
  9. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Crap mobile.
    I'll take some more with a better camera soon.

    edit. some detail pics.
    Rim is not magnetic.

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  10. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I have a helmet that was allegedly used in the 1958 Dunkirk film which has those Mk2 lugs but they seem to be fixed with copper rivets. The rim join is on the side as well, as per this one which is apparently typical Home Front. It looks as if you have a nice example of Khaki Green No.3 inside.
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