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mkII (&mkI or earlier) Helmets Steel, British & Commonwealth, show yours

Article about: To kick this of, my favorite mkII. Liner is Teddy Toy company and the shell is Joseph Sankey & Sons and both are dated 1940. The hand painted serial number matches one from the block of

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    Quite distinctive these RO&Co 1943 helmets, they have a sort of flat look, easily noticeable next to any other Mk2.
    A nice stylized W.


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    Quote by tinlid View Post
    Quite distinctive these RO&Co 1943 helmets, they have a sort of flat look, easily noticeable next to any other Mk2.
    A nice stylized W.
    Aaron, do you or anyone else know who was responsible for painting the 'W' on helmets? Those I've seen which aren't many, all appear to be slightly different in either size or font. I'm wondering if they were done at area/district/post level or painted on individually at home.

    Tony

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    You could buy another 50 wardens helmets, & all the W's would be different.
    I expect all the places you mention where it might have been done apply's, that's what makes collecting home front helmets quite interesting, variety.

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    If that's the case I think I should have started collecting MKII's years ago instead of WWI stuff. I'll probably get myself one or two more and hopefully I'll see something nice when I visit the UK in a couple of months.

    Tony

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    I think we ALL wish we'd've started collecting MkIIs a long time ago....especially before dealers started over-painting Civil-marked ones green to pass off as Army items!

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    Love the avatar

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    Thanks"...'been moving a few about....'seemed like a good photo opp

    Still can't figure out how to post pics....been scrolling thru the "Tech Forum" but I guess I'm just too old to grasp it....hey Ho.....'guess I'll just post 'em elsewhere......

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    Does nothing happen when you click on Go Advanced when replying?
    Then pictures upload.
    With the amount of info & helmets you have, would be a shame for you & us if you didn't join in too.

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    Here goes...I'm hoping I've now cracked the photo bit...

    If I have, here's a recent addition...a MkII No2B marked "GAF" - 'no idea what that stands for but it was claimed it's been in a loft/attic since '45. Liner is G&S, 6 3/4, 1940 - it's quite distorted but complete. Suggestions welcome....

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    Pictures look good, so this was an home guard helmet (textured paint on the outside) then painted black.
    Would love to know what the GAF stood for, like most helmets we have, markings not known.

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