Original WWII Canadian MkI Dispatch Rider Helmet by Canadian Motor Lamp Co. dated 1944 - Size 7
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 wear to the finish expected from use. There also are some white paint marks on the side of the helmet, which appear quite old. The leather liner and chinstrap assembly are soft and supple, though there is cracking as well as significant wear. This is a helmet that definitely saw use.
The rear of the shell is marked C.L. / C. S 1944, indicating manufacture by Canadian Motor Lamp Co. of Windsor, who also produced Brodie helmets from 1940 - 1943.
The leather liner is nicely maker marked BS inside a circle, and dated 44, and is marked with size 7 inside a shield. BS is the marking for Backstay Standard and Co. of Ontario, Canada. The white felt era pads are still present, though one side is torn, and both have evidence of moth damage. The rubber padding around the liner also has hardened with age.
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 very nice example of the classic WWII Canadian Dispatch Rider helmet that will make a great addition to any collection.
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