I have been waiting some time now to add one of these early Canadian tankers helmets to my Canadian WW II head gear collection and have just recently acquired one in a trade with a friend.
This particular second pattern tankers helmet would appear to be in unissued condition but has suffered a few bumbs and bruises do to storage and handling the interior of the helmet is nicely C-/l\ marked in two separate locations and is in the size of 7 1/4 .
These helmets were constructed from cork and are covered by six panels of black painted canvas sewn together on the out side and six more panels of plain canvas sewn together on the inside.
A canvas covered shock absorbing pad is attached to the front of the helmet flush with the rim there are three rubber grommets, one on either side and one in the rear, that are placed into the helmet for ventilation.
On the interior of the helmet is a leather headband which has a khaki-colored cloth covered rubber strip which has been sewn in place forming a padding between it and the helmet. There are three web straps that have both ends attached to the walls of the helmet by stitching and glue to form loops that are attached together by a length of lace. There is a removable black leather headband that has ear flaps with laced pockets designed to hold earphones. There are four pieces of webbing, with loops to the ends, that can be laced into the web support for the helmet. two non-elastic chin straps are attached, one with a metal hook and the other with four metal hooking points for adjustment .
These are all the images I have at the moment till the helmet arrives in the post once I have it in hand I will update the thread with a few more images.
Regards Mark K