Similar in style to the German paratroopers’ helmet, the British No.3 Mk. I Dispatch Riders’ Helmet was originally introduced in October of 1942. Its exterior is painted in rough-textured olive drab, almost all of which has been retained. To the interior, its leather and webbed liner are fully intact, with a thick felt padding ringing the inside edge of the helmet, which is particularly built up in the front. Four khaki/tan HBT web straps, with a tie string, is to the interior crown for fit adjustment. Its natural leather sweatband is stamped "BMB" (Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd), being the manufacturer’s initials, and "7 1/4," within a shield, indicating the size and "45" indicating the year of manufacture. The liner is held in by four slotted screws with the two rear screws having hex nuts and the two front screws having rounded anchor nuts. The dark brown leather chinstrap features thirteen buckling holes, is stitched to one side, passes through an age oxidized single prong brass roller buckle stitched to the other side, and terminates with a brown-painted alloy snap closure. An extended flap for the chin runs under the chinstrap. Nice clean helmet in excellent condition.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $250.00

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