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WARDENS MKII(with gas curtain)

Article about: Hello friends, I have just picked up this 1939 dated Wardens MKII helmet with a nice MKI 1939 dated liner. The best bit is that it appears to have a contemporary fitted gas curtain. The curt

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    Hello friends, I have just picked up this 1939 dated Wardens MKII helmet with a nice MKI 1939 dated liner. The best bit is that it appears to have a contemporary fitted gas curtain. The curtain itself has had a few repairs around the rim area, all of which were repaired from the inside. I am led to believe that these curtains were mainly worn for protection from burning embers rather than for their proper purpose of gas protection. I hope you MKII experts like this one and please correct me and inform me on any points you may have, sorry the pictures are not great, I will take some better one's when it arrives!! Leon.
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    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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    Another good MKII for your collection Leon, nice with the gas curtain.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Another good MKII for your collection Leon, nice with the gas curtain.
    Thanks Jerry, sadly I can remember when my local government surplus used to sell these wardens/rescue and ambulance helmets for 3.50!!! That was only 20yrs ago (although they did not have a curtain on them) I paid a lot more than that for this one! Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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    Never seen one of these before Leon so thanks for the heads up & photos.. Cheers Terry.

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    Fantastic mk2 Leon,these gas/ember curtain skirts hardly show up these days,I've noticed how quick these homefront/army BIN's on ebay are flying out the door,saw an Ambulance Helmet go yesterday for 30 was only on for a day,supply and demand at the moment,anyway its a great buy you found yourself Bud,well done.........
    With Regards Jake.

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    A very nice Mk II Leon as mentioned examples with the gas curtain infrequently come up for sale in the market place here is a period image of Wardens wearing curtains on there Mk II's that Aaron posted up on the forum some time ago .
    It is thought that they wear preparing to do clean up after one of the Blitz's
    Regards Mark
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    Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.

    Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!

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    Nice helmet & No.1 helmet anti gas curtain,the No2 fully covered the helmet.
    Wardens helmets are often seen with these covers on ( for sale, more so than any other ARP service or in period pics) Mainly because the wardens post was full of anti-gas suits,gloves, boots, eyeshields & helmet curtains. As they had to be on the streets during or after a gas attack as much as the anti-gas squads. This would have applied to the Police as well as other important services.
    Luckily not needed.

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    Awesome find Leon.
    "You will get all the rest you need in the grave"

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    Thank you gentlemen for the thumbs up and additional information, I am glad you like it! Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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    Very very nice, Leon, great condition pick up.
    Steve.

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