Original WWII British MkI Dispatch Rider Helmet by Briggs Motor Bodies in Size 7 1/2 - dated 1942
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition original WWII British MK I Dispatch Rider helmet. Shell has original paint with no major dents or dings that we can see, just a bit of scuffing and flaking, with a few scratches on the top. Leather liner and ear flaps are soft and supple, though here is a bit of surface cracking on the leather chin strap, which is still soft.
The leather liner is nicely maker marked BMB and dated 1942, and is marked with size 7 1/2 inside a shield. BMB is the marking for Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd., who also made Brodie and other helmets for the British war effort. The wool felt ear padding is still partly present, which is very rare, as it degrades easily. There is a bit of moth, but nothing catastrophic. The chin strap snap still works, as does the buckle, and the rear lacing is intact.
The MkII paratrooper helmet shell was also used for dispatch riders during and after World War II. It was introduced in 1942 and features a front pad and leader neck flap that forms a double chinstrap.
This is a great example of the classic WWII British Dispatch Rider helmet that will make a great addition to any collection.
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