A lovely 1940 dated example of the standard issue MKII steel helmet, having been painted for overseas use most likely in North Africa or Italy.
This example is fitted with a sprung chin strap and early round pad liner maker marked VERO and dated 1940. The shell is stamped but has become difficult to make out over time, coupled with the rather thick coat of paint it has received. The shell has good strong colour with overall discolouration and markings from time and use. There are a few patches of light rust as a result of being stacked amid other helmets after the war, this does not detract. The liner has stiffened over time, particularly the crown pad but is still intact and appears to have never been made with oil cloth covering. One of the felt spacer pads has broken slightly, but the rest are intact.
Despite being stamped a size 7 1/4 the liner appears to be a lot larger than stated, making it ideal for display on a larger mannequin head.
A great example of a likely Western Desert used MKII helmet.
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