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Strange Mark 2 Canadian helmet,,,,,any ideas.

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    Default Strange Mark 2 Canadian helmet,,,,,any ideas.

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ID:	841972 Picked up this mark 2 helmet with a Viceroy liner size 7 1942 but the chinstrap lug rivets are odd. I cant find any manufacturers stamp in the shell , only a capital V. It is gloss paint one coat over the original finish inside, and a heavy coat of matt paint out. Non magnetic also. Any help with it appreciated as I know there are lots of smart guys here.!!! Thanks in advance for your help.

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    I wonder if it's an Mk1*, refurbished WW1 helmets done late 30's. I know the British did this, Canadians?
    The V could be for Vickers Ltd 1916-17.
    Otherwise an reject WW2 issue Mk2.

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    Thanks Tinlid, I thought WW1 Shell also with a WW2 liner. I noticed no rim as well.

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    Mk1*'s came with an rim or without.
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    Sorry Tinlid, I meant that it probably was not a Mark 2 shell if it had no rim and more likely a Mark 1.

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    Hopefully someone will have some information about this one, interesting the way the rivets have been done on the chin strap lugs.

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    Quote by tinlid View Post
    I wonder if it's an Mk1*, refurbished Great War helmets done late 30's. I know the British did this, Canadians?
    The V could be for Vickers Ltd 1916-17.
    Otherwise an reject WW2 issue Mk2.
    Yes Canada did convert Mk.I helmets to Mk.I*s. in 1940 25,000 extra liners, chin-straps and lugs were ordered for this purpose. This is the first time I have seen a rimless helmet so converted in Canada, but why not? I have examples of both Mk.Is and M1917s converted to Canadian Mk.I*s.
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    and one with domed ones
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    The dark green gloss paint is a post-war feature, which shows how these helmets could soldier on.
    Roger

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    Thanks Roger, learnt something new today.

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    I also learned something new RV Lucy,,,,,,,,,,,,, thanks !!

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