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Hello, I'm hoping someone can help identify this helmet. It's a raw rim with a rough texture. It's has new chin strap lugs in 1942, there's also remains of an old leather strap under the new lugs and an unusual liner with no maker marks. The only stamp on the shell is "443". The steel is also mildly magnetic. 

Any ideas? 

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From those not so good pictures, I'd go for an Australian WW2 army Mk2. There should be on the inside of the liner some date/maker name.

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8 hours ago, TinLid said:

Thanks TinLid, it's definitely. Nothing like my other Australian WW2 helmet. There's definitely no maker on the liner and it's made of a different texture than the normal WW2 liners. Is the fact that it's magnetic any help? None of my other WW2 commonwealth helmets are magnetic. The texture on this one is more like gravel as well. I'll try get some better photos today.

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Here's some more photos

 

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Here's the old leather strap I mentioned that's under the newer lugs.

 

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It all points to being an Australian helmet, lugs, cruciform pad, the make up of the liner, raw edge, the only thing that is different is the way the lugs are fitted to the shell. They should be rivets and not nut and bolt, or all the ones I've seen. Being magnetic could be that it has been contaminated over the years, or like British inferior helmets, they were used on the home front only.

 

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