Article about: I picked up this helmet recently from an online website and although it was cheap, I am disappointed by it's condition. It's an MKIII (am I right?) made by F.L.L. in 1952. It must have been
It's a Mark IV with the "lift the dot" detachable liner. These were developed by the Brits when it looked as if they were going to have to fight in the Pacific theatre post VE. Helmets that could double as bowls for water, like the US M-1, were considered better for use in the tropics.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki happened and the Japs went belly-up, so that specific problem was averted.
The stacking ring problem is common with Mark IVs. I have one and, I'm ashamed to admit it, I took the lot off with steel wool. Couldn't bear to look at it, although I'm a firm believer in leaving stuff "as found". Then repainted with NATO olive drab.
Looks good, but I'll probably roast in hell for my sin.
The Mark IVs are much cheaper in North America than the Mark IIIs.
Just bought a 1915 Brodie (magnetic steel) that some bastard had cleaned with a grinder. Horrible. But it only cost me $25. Not sure what I'll do with it. Probably nothing. Just put it on the pile.
My Irish Brodie Mk II had the same black ring. It's common with many British helmets from storage in army barracks. I also have a MkIV which I got years ago. I actually ordered a MkII but was conned and they sent a MkIV instead. This was the eighties and I was a serving member of the Irish army reserve and we were actually using the MkIV as was the British army at the time. We were also using the the Mk II. The Mk IV had a coating of sand applied to it, so and I'm ashamed to say it. I chipped it all off. It would have been unique. Everytime I look at it now I squirm. But my excuse is that back then it was very much an operational helmet. It's likely that it had been used in Aden or even the Suez.
Patgore, I was more lucky. I managed to pick up a 1917 Brodie for a song. It's a gem. The pride of my collection now.
as others have stated what you have is a mk4,apart from the lift the dot fastener the other diffference to look for is that on a mk3 the rivets attaching the chin strap fixings are considerably higher up the sides of the shell,hope this may be of some help in the future