I know I know how many Canadian Mk II helmets does a Gent need in his collection but this example has a nice deep rich worn patina that just speaks of heavy field use and has that been there done that look I like so much in my helmets.
As stated it is a 1941 C.L/.C. steel lot batch 35 it is sporting a 42 dated VMC liner in a size 7 1/8.
The real prize of course is that it is fitted with the not often seen first variation Mk II chinstrap with closed center strut.
Backstay standards of Windsor Ontario was the sole producer of all Canadian chinstraps that were manufactured for the Mk II in Canada through out the 1940-1943 production run :
There was only one change instituted on the Canadian produced variation of the Mk II chin-strap.
The earliest chin-straps differed from the later Canadian pattern by having a blackened brass buckle with two closed centre struts, and only one piece of webbing joining the two sprung pieces.
After 1940, Canadian chinstraps had two strips of webbing, one of which has a free sewn-
folded over end, the other of which was sewn to the centre strut of a buckle the sprung canvas ends on the sides of the chinstrap were manufactured with non magnetic springs.