C026656 ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY KOREAN WAR ERA MKII COMBAT HELMET. (Post War Liner)
BACKGROUND: The standard Canadian Infantry helmet, as used throughout World War II, being a modification of the Mk. I helmet introduced in April of 1916 and used during the First World War. Production of the MK II helmet began in 1938 and the first units were delivered to the armed forces in 1939. The helmet retained its predecessorís shape but improved the steel, liner and chin strap.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Constructed entirely of non-magnetic steel, the basin-shaped helmet, with an all-around visor, retains about 60% of its original, sea green paint to both the exterior and interior, with surface scratches and light to moderate oxidization areas showing through the exterior paint with a large patch of surface oxidization to the interior. A separate rim is crimped along its visor, which exhibits the expected edge wear, and 1938 pattern rivets may be seen where the visor meets the crown above each ear. Stamped in the metal under the rim is the manufacturers mark and date "C.L./ C." (Canadian Lamp Company) "1941" along with the number "39". The MK II pattern liner, introduced in late 1939, includes a head harness of five tongues cut from a single piece of black rubberized canvas, folded and stitched to each of their tapered ends to form tunnel loops for the adjusting drawstring to pass through which is missing. There is also a tear in the liner. The head harness is stitched to the exterior of a horizontal black fibre headband, which has a khaki-colored cloth covered rubber strip sewn to its interior, forming a padding between it and the inwardly-folded tongues of the head harness. The exterior of the headband also has eight molded rubber buffers fixed between it and the interior surface of the helmet. Two black fibre crown strips are riveted to the horizontal headband and rise vertically, crossing one another to the interior apex of the helmet. A molded, cruciform shaped, rubber pad is fixed, along with the rest of the liner assembly, to the helmet through its central depression by the Mk. II slotted lining securing bolt and round nut, as introduced in 1939. By removing the liner the markings on the liner band can be seen. It is marked "7" (size) " VMC" (Viceroy Manufacturing Co) "II". "1953". This would place the manufacture of the liner during the Korean War. The rubberized canvas is also stamped to the underside "7" in yellow ink. The two parts of its 1" wide, olive-green colored webbed chin strap are connected by a blackened brass sliding length-adjusting buckle, and each end is connected by brass loops to similarly-colored drill cloth covered springs. The ends of each of the cloth covered springs then wrap around the swiveling loops attached to the Mk. II chin strap securing lugs, introduced in 1937, over each ear. Both the chin strap and the liner exhibit light age and usage soiling. Overall, a very interesting helmet, having a reissued WW2 shell and a Korean War era liner.
GRADE**3/4 PRICE $117.00
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