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    Hello everyone,
    I've been a long time lurker but a newbie to the art of collectible war memorabilia.
    I picked up this helmet that looks like it's a WW2 British mk II. On the strap lugs its stamped 1942 and above that the mark II. The int. liner has the letters CCL below that the numbers 11, the year 1945 and the size 7 1/4. What confuses me is that I can't find the makers mark for the steel lid itself. I don't know if the sand and brown paint application has cover it but I've looked everywhere. Did the British leave the stamp off on some or is this a reissue from another common wealth country? Any thoughts? Thanks.
    Regards: John
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    This looks like a perfectly sound WW2 British MkII. The colour is very UK. There should be a makers stamp in the steel. Probably overpainted by thick brown layer.

    CCL Christy & Co Ltd (British liner manufacturer)

    Nice helmet.

    Cheers,
    Emile

    British Helmets
    WW1 Brodie Steel Helmet manufacturers codes

    D James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield
    H W. Hutton & Sons, Sheffield
    HH Harrison Bros. & Howson Ltd, Sheffield
    R John Round & Sons, Sheffield
    V W & E Viener, Sheffield

    Steel Suppliers:

    FS Thomas Firth & Sons Ltd., Sheffield
    F ?
    FKS ?
    HS Hadfields Ltd, Sheffield
    BS W. Beardmore & Co. Ltd., Glasgow
    MS Miris Steel Co., London
    A Edgar Allen & Co, Sheffield
    O Samuel Osborn & Co Ltd, Sheffield
    V Vickers Ltd., Sheffield
    B Burys & Co, Sheffield (?)
    M&S Maxfield & Sons, Sheffield (?)
    MLS ?

    WW2 Steel Helmet manufacturers codes

    HBH Harrison Bros & Howson, Sheffield 1938 -1940
    JSS John Sankey & Sons, Bilston 1938 -1941
    WD William Dobson & Son, Birmingham 1938 -1940
    BMB Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd, Dagenham 1939 -1943
    Ro & Co Rubery Owen & Co Ltd, Darlaston 1939 -1943
    C Clydesdale Stamping Co Ltd Dudley 1939 -1940
    F&L Fisher & Ludlow Ltd, Birmingham 1939 -1942
    EC&Co Ltd E. Camelinat & Co Ltd, Birmingham 1939 -1942
    ? Steel Ceilings Ltd, Hayes 1939 -1940
    EB (*) Eveson Brothers, Worcester 1939 -1943*
    AMC Austin Motor Co, Cowley 1941

    * after a single example in a Dutch collection.

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    Thanks. I thought that the sand and paint application might have.
    Regards: John

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    Hi,
    A nice mid war MkII with the correct paint. The makers stamp & date are sometimes hidden by thick paint or even under the chin strap lug.
    Aaron
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    Great. Thanks for the info guys.
    Regards: John

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