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ONTL21001

Original Set of 2 Comb-Top British Bobby Helmets - City of London & South Wales Constabulary - Formerly Part the Yeoman Warder’s Club Collection, Tower of London

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Original Item: Only One Set Available. The Traditional Bobby helmet was named after the creator of the British Police Force, SIR ROBERT PEEL, who became Prime Minister under Queen Victoria. This version, known as a "Comb Top", replaced the earlier "ball top" and "rose top" helmets used in many areas. The pattern features a pronounced ridge on the top of the helmet, which is capped off by a silvered fitting some simple designs.

Formerly part of the decoration of the Yeoman Warder’s Club at the Tower of London comes this lot of two contemporary (Circa 1990s-2000s) British Bobby Police Helmets of the “Comb Top” variety. The traditional Bobby helmet was named after the creator of the British Police Force, SIR ROBERT PEEL, who became Prime Minister under Queen Victoria. The particular version seen here, known as a "Comb Top", replaced the earlier "ball top" and "rose top" helmets used in many areas. The pattern features a pronounced ridge on the top of the helmet, which is capped off by a silvered fitting bearing a coat of arms. One helmet, with blackened plate and metal trim, is for the City of London Police, while the faux polished metal helmet is for the South Wales Constabulary.

Both helmets are constructed in a similar fashion; the body is made of a rigid plastic-like material, covered with flocked artificial felt and trimmed in faux patent leather. The interior brim is lined with an artificial green dyed Moroccan leather, which gives the helmet a more authentic traditional appearance when worn. The crown lining is a thick styrofoam like padding, with a nylon suspension and chinstrap assembly.

IMA recently acquired a collection of headgear from the Yeoman Warder’s (aka “Beefeaters”) Club located at the Tower of London. The club has a strict policy of allowing only members of the Yeoman Warders and their guests entry. It has become a tradition over the years for visiting guests with any current or prior military or police service to leave one of their pieces of headgear. Over the years this collection has grown to large, leaving the Warders to liquidate the collection to IMA! Making this quite the exclusive offering!

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