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Helmet liner


auchonvillerssomme

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Can anyone tell me about this? I think that it is a private purchase helmet liner, personally I think WW2 but open to suggestions. I've never seen anything like it before.

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Not a particular model I recognise, but it looks very much WW1 to me. The "mortar board" shape, with the elongated back, is typical of some officer helmet liners of the time. That said, some WW2 examples can look disconcertingly early.

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The company were certainly active with military caps etc and of course bowlers which were for protecting the gamekeeper's head. The impact pad looks even post WW2. What material is the pad?

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My money is still on its being WW1. The short rubber tubes round the outside resemble those on the standard Brodie helmet liner, and the "corrugated" spacing between the layers is reminiscent of the zigzag ventilator on wartime and prewar sun helmets. With that and the "mortar board" back, there are certainly some early features, but I know very little about what came later so I can't be sure.

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