Morning Gents I came upon this little gem yesterday and I could not resist as Canadian Mk II home front civilian helmets flashed to any other services than the ARP do not come on the market very often it was a must for my collection and will fit in well with my other police helmets.
The helmet body is a 1942 G.S.W DP&H and is constructed from mild steel so meant strictly for home front use it is sporting a 1942 VMC liner in a size 7 1/8 and looks to be in original condition with a few small nicks and scrapes.
It is thought to have been one of the Mk II helmets that were issued out to officers of the Montreal City Police Dept and by the numeral 5 painted on the rear skirt I would say it is safe to assume there were at least four others.
There is very little period evidence in the form of images on the net showing any Canadian police service wearing helmets of any sort during WW II and or early post war alike I contacted a friend that collects Mk II police helmets and he is of the opinion it is war time issued.
For the most part post war helmets from any of the police forces are not white typical they are light olive drab in color as found on Canadian Mk II's produced after mid 1942 and often have a replaced top screw....a hardware store steel one as it seems Civil Defense often got helmets and shells through the system but not brass screws... plus often the postwar shells for CD were combat shells, not DP&H).
I have added a couple of extra images of my other police helmets and Military Police helmets from my collection just to show some of the variations that are out there.