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Can anyone help with this new find? para helmet??

Article about: YEY! Many thanks again for everyone's time! Just wish I could keep it.

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    Default Can anyone help with this new find? para helmet??

    Hi everyone, i have what i belive to be a para helmet, and but thats where my knowledge ends!
    If it is a para helmet, I know these can be quite sort after so wanted to know if its genuine and all original?
    hopefully somebody would be kind enough to shed a little light on it?

    the leather sweatband is dated 1944, bmb. but i cant seem to find a date on the shell?
    This has a tag to a LT sargent.

    It has a webbing chinstrap, but for some reason i thought these should be leather?

    Many thanks in advance for any comments
    Anyway here she is!

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    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    Hi, You have a WW2 issue Mk2 helmet, steel, Airbourne troops. (HSAT) The Mk1 HSAT had leather chin straps but the Mk2 had webbing.
    Made in 1943/44, yours has been repainted at some time, most likely post war. These helmets were used from 1943 right up until the 1970's/80's.
    An untouched one can sell for £450-£575 even over £600. But as yours has been repainted anywhere from £350+.

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    Great that its named as well

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    Nice HSAT a very desirable piece of headwear Aaron of course is correct and it was very probably repainted post war.

    Regards Mark
    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    Thanks guys! How can you tell its been repainted?
    I'm still learning!
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    in some of the pictures the paint work looks to have a green hue, as they were often painted olive drab post war. The paint on the inside (dark brown) is what should be on the outside. If it is then it's ok, can you take some pics out side in natural daylight if you can.
    Thanks

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    Thanks again, it's just started raining here, so I'll take some pics outside tomorrow ithe weather's ok and put them up.
    Thankyou so much for taking the time to share your expertise!
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    Here is a couple of pics taken outside, I can see what you mean now about the green tint in the indoor ones, it certainly looks browner in the real light outside.
    To me it looks the same on the inside as outside, but see what you think.
    Also in the odd spot where the paint has flaked off to the metal, if it had been repainted, would I be able to see the two layers there?

    Anyway please have a look and see what you think.
    many thanks in advance!

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    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    Lovely looking para helmet. I see nothing wrong with the paint. Congratulations !

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    That looks better in natural light, well done

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