Original U.S. WWII Navy USN MK2 Talker Flak Gunner Helmet with Chinstrap

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The MkII "Talker" helmet was developed in 1942 for naval personnel, allowing communications headgear to be easily worn under the helmet. It was a very large and somewhat ungainly helmet to wear though it did serve its purpose very well. It was designed to accommodate wearing headphones for Radiomen or anyone using shipboard sound-powered phones.

The Mk-2 was manufactured by the McCord Radiator Company in Detroit Michigan; the "Arsenal of Democracy". Its composition is non-magnetic Hadfield manganese steel. In addition to accommodating headphones, it also provided a great deal of protection to the wearer. The bowl is so wide it even provided some coverage to the shoulders of the sailor who was underneath it.

Painted sea blue, the Mk II, like the Mk I, has cork applied with the paint to provide a textured, non-reflective surface.

These helmets have become much harder to find lately, especially genuine WWII examples with a complete undamaged liner intact chin strap. This example is in very good used condition, with an intact chin strap, and the usual wear from service. The paint is somewhat degraded in places, but the MK - 2 marking inside is still visible. The chin strap is worn and shows age, and there is some cracking in the leather straps. The liner has not been painted over as many were, and is still somewhat soft.

Ready to display!

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