Jerry B

British sun helmets

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My favorite British sun helmet in my collection of sun helmets, an officers private purchase example from the 20's-40's, made by a well known London maker. Not quite sure what the flash is for.

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Jerry

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An probably unissued example with a board arrow stamp for 1942. Sadly it has some storage damage but otherwise in very good condition.

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A white painted example still with it's makers label and dated to 1941. Probably used by a Bandsman or MP IMO.

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A new arrival with the flash for the RAOC. It also came with a slouch hat from the same seller which almost certainly belonged to the same person.

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Jerry

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Arrived today, a very nice India pattern pith helmet made in Calcutta India and with the Pagri flash for the Royal Engineers. It has the owners initials LL under the sweatband.

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Jerry

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Nice helmet, a shame that the top has been a bit stoved in.

Pierre (the colonial helmet geek) :smile:

Thanks Pierre.  A "stoved in top" is a common problem of this of headgear and I am happy with it considering its age and as it came with a Slouch hat probably from the same owner which is badly moth damaged, but as it is signed by the owners friends makes it super cool IMHO

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I have a friend who knows how to put them back in form with cork and some special glue.

But it's also nice to respect this helmet leaving it as it is.

some of mine,

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A new arrival with the flash for the RAOC. It also came with a slouch hat from the same seller which almost certainly belonged to the same person.

Regards,

Jerry

Hey,i like it Jerry,

but id much rather have a MkII Malta Camo :w00t: ( my dream lid)

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Jerry, thanks for sharing this beauty with us. Reminds me of a documentary I saw about the Anglo-Zulu war.

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Nice helmet Jerry :thumbup:  

A quick couple questions on construction two things in image five caught my attention right away the one being the honey comb style suspension between the liner and the shell would this serve a duel purpose comfort and heat dissipation. And was it used in conjunction with the foil in the dome for this purpose.

 

Regards Mark k   

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Hi Mark, as far as I am aware the zigzag liner suspension and the foil liner are both for heat dissipation, though the as you mention the liner mounting system would also aid in making it more comfortable to wear.

 

Good to see you here Mark.

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Sorry for the late response Jerry I have not been getting notifications from the forum on the topics I am following.

Thanks for taking the time to reply regardless of the deflated top for the lack of a better phrase Jerry I would be quite happy to display it in my collection.

Thanks for the welcome Jerry it is good to be here.

 

Regards Mark K    

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An update on this, the flash has been identified as being for the South Lancashire regiment, almost certainly the 1st battalion which was stationed on the North West Frontier or less likely for one of the TA or War Service battalions which served in Mesopotamia, Gallipoli and Macedonia.

 

Also, the liner mounting system was patented in 1916/17 and would have gone out of use sometime prior to 1925, so almost certainly WWI made and worn.

 

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An officers version which has been adapted from an OR's example by changing the edge trim from canvas tape to leather.  It seems a lot of effort but if you have to maintain your status and you cant get an officers version!

 

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