Not sure where and how to start to describe this item, its the most unusual helmet in terms of its liner that I have ever encountered.
Standard Brodie, that I consider to be a ‘B’ pattern with the rim lost/absent with the ‘tight’ weave hessian type cover. Four panel standard cover held in place with a tie cord.
The cover has at some time had a formation sign attached to the left side as worn, now only the original colour of the cover showing where it was once stitched. The cover top is shrunken tight to the helmet and is much faded, showing as an offish grey/‘dirty’ white. Wear to the cover crown.
As for the formation sign, their are faint signs of either a blue or green staining to the cover where the sign was attached.
The liner is to me unique. The main body is of the standard ‘B’ pattern type, but the oil skin liner is like a pickelhaube/first pattern Brodie type liner with a number of ‘fingers’ rather than the usual ‘circular liner’. Liner is with wear and minor damage with the end of one ‘finger’ missing/torn away.
The leather chin strap is of the first pattern Brodie type with a buckle fitting. The leather is distorted and is with some age hardening but with some careful leather treatment should be fully restorable. The chin strap is held to the helmet via narrow fitting loops, secured only at the loops rather than fully passing over the inner crown of the helmet as is standard with standard ‘B’ pattern Brodie’s.
Are these private purchase modifications ?
Interior/underside of the helmet is with an early ‘light green’ finish.
This item has not been on the market since the late 1950’s.