Original British WWI Officer’s Wolseley Pattern Pith Helmet with Brass Top Spike by Hawkes & Co.
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a high class item, made by HAWKES & CO. LTD. of the famous SAVILE ROW in LONDON as an OFFICER'S Special Order, probably for the Desert Campaign in World War One. Both the liner sweatband and the helmet interior have clear maker marks. There is also the marking Late 14, PICCADILLY, which may indicate 1914 manufacture. There is also a faint size marking of 6 3/4 / HULL inside the crown maker mark.
The removable chinstrap is unfortunately absent, but the hooks still are, so a replica could easily be added. With the stains on the canvas covered brow, this really looks the business. These helmets were often doused with water to provide cooling. It has a full puggaree with black line border, if only it could talk of its time in the Desert. Ready to Display!
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