Original Swedish Cold War Era M1958 Dispatch Riders Helmet with Face Cover Goggles
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a Swedish Cold War era Hjälm M/1958 för MC-Ordonnans (Helmet M1859 for Motorcycle Dispatch Riders), probably made in the 1960s. During and after WWII, Sweden had used British-made dispatch rider helmets to protect their Motorcycle Dispatch riders. However the steel helmets were quite heavy, and when better helmet technology was developed, the Swedish military started development of their own helmet. There were several prototypes, and the M1958 was what they came up with.
The design is very similar to the British WWII Helmet, but with more modern materials. Softer leather and fabric make up the lining, and the rear "skirt" is much easier to deal with. It's a nice lightweight helmet, perfect for a Motorcycle dispatch rider. It is painted the typical OD green, and has the Swedish "Three Crown" coat of arms on each side. We were not able to find any markings on the helmet, except for a 61 stamped on the outside leather chin strap, which has 660 EXPACO faintly marked on the inside.
The helmet comes complete with a great set of Polaroid style goggles, marked ARMY GOGGLE / TYPE 77-51 / K.L. 55 on the top. This indicates 1955 manufacture, and they have a very nice rubberized fabric face shield attached to the lower gasket. The inside of the shield has issue markings, and these were designed to protect the riders face from the weather.
A very nice and attractive set, ready to add to your collection!
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