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Home Front: 1939 to 1945 Helmets

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I was not sure wear to post this helmet because its home front.
I liked it and i am sure its ok.
Factory painted black inside and out.(by 1942)
W hand painted which has gone yellow with age imo.

 

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Nice Warden helmet Druid and all though not military in the direct sense I do believe that these civilian support roles were of the up most importance during the war years as it took a fair amount of burden of the armed forces this being especially so in Great Britain more so than Canada in my opinion as for the most part it was a nation under siege .

I do rather like the patina on your example light scuffing ,scratches and chipping to the rim and the yellowing of the painted letter is text book IMO for what a 71 year old helmet should look like by the images I would say that this helmet was painted in the factory is this correct ?

Would you mind sharing a few more details such as the manufacturer of the shell,liner and the size I do find War time British civil defense helmets and theremany variations an interesting subject and are highly collectible in there own right with some fairly rare helmets that were manufactured in low numbers.

I hope there is no objection to me posting a few of my own in separate threads of course thanx for showing.

Regards Mark

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Good morning Mark.Thank you for your observation which i very much like.

I have had a look.

Liner BMB 1940.

Shell,hard to tell martin because the paint obscures it.

According to a very knowledgible man all home front helmets were painted black by 1942.

The paint on mine looks to be factory done as it is consistant all over.

The liner has never been out imo so i lean towards shell being 1940 as well.

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Thanx for the additional information Druid I see I must start wearing my glasses and or pay a little more attention as you stated it was factory painted in your first post BMB is near as it gets to being a house hold name when one is discussing British Manufactured helmets.

I do have a few Canadian Civil Lids but find there was a much wider variety of tin and fiber lids produced in Britain during the war as I am just starting to explore these particular type of helmets in detail I am positive there will be a few surprises along the way I recently seen one that was decaled for the Austin motor works.

Regards Mark K

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No problem with posting these war time home front helmets as far as I am concerned and I have posted at least a few of my own as they are all part of the wartime story.

 

A very good example Druid.

 

Factory decaled helmets are fairly commonly seen and many more such would have existed, for fireguards and other duties as well I am sure.

 

BMB are indeed one of the household names when looking at WWII British helmets, especially M/cycle and Para versions.

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My few home front helmets.

 

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Jerry your POLICE helmet has a nice touch being not the generic stencilling.

 

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Jerry your POLICE helmet has a nice touch being not the generic stencilling.

 

 

 

 

Thanks mate.  I have been told elsewhere that this type is for Woman Police personal, though not heard this before so needs some research.

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Thanks mate.  I have been told elsewhere that this type is for Woman Police personal, though not heard this before so needs some research.

Look forward to your research jerry.

Really like war time womans items especially cap badges (womans services)

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ambulance crew with a rather rare carrier.
As you can see from picture f the carrier belongs to this helmet
Note the strap line worn in.

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ambulance crew with a rather rare carrier.

As you can see from picture f the carrier belongs to this helmet

Note the strap line worn in.

 

 

Very nice, I have seen a few of the carriers for sale but never one that had its original helmet still with it.

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Picked up today, BMB shell, a MKII iiic for home front use, with textured paint so probably for Home Guard use.  Liner is by Teddy Toy Company 1940 dated.  It is in very good condition.

 

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Nice lid Jerry looks to be in top notch condition the three holes drilled in the side of the rim are an indicator of a helmet used by civil defence in the UK if memory serves me correct are the British version of the home front helmet constructed from mild steel as well.

Regards Mark

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Very nice jerry,probably ex army because i have one with textured paint and the helmet was off a ex reme officer Helmet out of service use drafted into the home gaurd but thats my opinion.

Like it very much :squint:

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Thanks guys.  I was pleased to get it and though it was a tad more expensive than I usualy like to pay, the condition is so good that I could not resist.

 

Home guard is most likely in my opinion and it is of magnetic steel as shown by the 3 holes for home front use.

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Thanx Jerry I would as well have given it a new home I am on my way to pick up a new lid in an hour or so my self an E-bay buy but the seller only lives a few Km away.

Regards Mark

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Yes jerry i agree with the resurch as now but the helmet i got was from an ex army reme officer who served in ww2 and drafted in the home gaurd and his trunk found, i picked his beret,bayonet and his helmet.

His helmet looks army but with 3 holes out of service.

I will post pics soon of all 3 items.

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As with all the items we collect, you can't beat a known history as to who had them and why.  Yours has a stone cold history, mine does not so if I claimed it as army, sooner or later someone would give me a hard time over that.

 

PS did you see my Liverpool Pals badge I posted?  I also got that today.

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On your helmet please note the 3 holes filled in.Then holed again.

 

 

I had noticed that, something I have not seen before.

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Good eye Druid eye missed that detail very curious indeed.

Regards Mark

 

Another thing which I have seen before, is the makers mark BMB is stamped hard enough to appear on the upper side of the brim.

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