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BRITISH DESERT RAT SOUVENIR STEEL HELMET

Listing # 1369
Listing Format: Buy It Now
Price per item: Buy Now for (GBP) £235.00
(USD) $330.99
Quantity: 1
Closes: Auction is closed
Location: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Started : 4-Dec-2010 10:16:20 AM
Ended: 3-Jan-2011 10:16:20 AM
Seller: Regimentals (0)  

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BRITISH DESERT RAT SOUVENIR STEEL HELMET | Militaria | WARSTUFF
 
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Additional Information
Era: 1914-1945
Conflict: World War II
Service: Army
Country: Great Britain
Provenance: Bought Privately
Condition: Relic
Description
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One of the most intriguing helmets of the British type we have owned for some time being a completely original early British produced steel helmet. Interestingly it appears not to have a rim or has ever had a rim. It is a standard British Army type helmet with the three piece sprung chin strap and the early lining with the oval pad riveted to the liner cradle.

What makes this helmet particularly interesting is it has been beautifully souvenir painted, to one side is a large yellow triangle with the red Jeboa painted to the centre and neatly painted underneath '7th Armour Div', to the other side is a triangle of the same dimensions with a good rendition of the pyramids and the word 'Egypt 1943', a secondary band of what may well originally have been a camouflage pattern runs from front to back of the helmet and is in a subdued light grey colour and has the words 'Cairo' and 'Derna' to the rear. To the interior of the helmet can be seen remnants of the owner's name, etc., this we believe was a gunner, the name now obscured, however one can see anti tank 'RHA' (Royal Horse Artillery). The overall condition of the helmet is poorly stored as much of the original factory paint has now been lost to the helmet shell and replaced by a stable pleasant russet brown rust throughout, however clearly the quality of the paint used for the souvenir painting has protected these areas. This is one of the first WWII British souvenir painted helmets we have ever been lucky enough to own and although it is in poor condition it does represent an indisputable helmet worn during the North African campaign. Code: 52869


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