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WW2 Australian Steel Helmet No.1 Mk.II – 2 AIF Issue - Commonwealth Steel - 1942

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WW2 Australian Steel Helmet No.1 Mk.II – 2 AIF Issue - Commonwealth Steel - 1942

$425.00
Product code: 201

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AN ORIGINAL SECOND WORLD WAR AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURED STEEL HELMET No.1 Mk.II PRODUCED BY THE COMMONWEALTH STEEL COMPANY IN AUGUST 1942 AND FITTED WITH ITS ORIGINAL DUNLOP Mk.I LINING AND Mk.II CHIN-STRAP. THE HELMET IS UNRESTORED AND NAMED ON THE CHIN-STRAP TO PRIVATE  MJ ISON WHO SERVED IN BOUGAINVILLE WITH THE 25th BATTALION.

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AN ORIGINAL SECOND WORLD WAR AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURED STEEL HELMET No.1 Mk.II PRODUCED BY THE COMMONWEALTH STEEL COMPANY IN AUGUST 1942 AND FITTED WITH ITS ORIGINAL DUNLOP Mk.I LINING AND Mk.II CHIN-STRAP. THE HELMET IS UNRESTORED AND NAMED ON THE CHIN-STRAP TO PRIVATE  MJ ISON WHO SERVED IN BOUGAINVILLE WITH THE 25th BATTALION.

A very good original example of an Australian manufactured No.1 Mk.II Steel Helmet manufactured by the Commonwealth Steel Company in August 1942.  The helmet is still fitted with its original Dunlop manufactured Mk.I helmet liner and Australian Mk.II Chin-Strap and is inscribed with name ISON on the chin-strap.  N455358 Private Mortimer Joseph Ison fought in the Bougainville Campaign with the 25th Battalion.  The helmet is painted in its original sand textured Australian Army Khaki-Green No.3 finish.

These Australian manufactured helmets are modeled on the British Mk.II steel helmet but are easily identifiable as Australian variants as they do not have the separate non-magnetic rim that British manufactured helmets do.  These Australian helmets are often incorrectly referred to as Mk.III’s as the post 1941 chin-strap lugs are stamped Mk.III although this relates to the type of lug rather than the helmet model.  Production of these helmets began in 1939 at the Commonwealth Steel Company in association with Lysaghts and approximately 2 million were eventually produced.  The date of manufacture was stamped into the chin-strap lug which in the case of this helmet was 8 ‘1942 August 1942.

The helmets were made of Manganese steel and weighed just over 1kg.  The helmet liner, or ‘spider’ as it is sometimes called, was manufactured by Dunlop and is a facsimile of the British Mk.I, although later models were fitted with Mk.II liners.  The Australian manufactured chin-strap is also a copy of the original British Mk.II with cloth covered springs and webbing straps.

This particular example is still in its original sand textured Australian Army Khaki-Green No.3 finish, patinated consistent with age and use.  The Mk.I lining is complete and in good used conditition. The original Mk.II chin-strap is complete and in good used condition.  The Mk.II chin-strap fixing lugs are dated 8 ‘1942 (see picture). 

This helmet is inscribed with the name ISONon the chin-strap indicating that it belonged to Private JM Ison who served with the 25th Battalion during the Bougainville Campaign. Attached to this listing is a photograph of Ison taken from his military file a page of which is also shown on this listing. The helmet was purchased from a sale in Tamworth a town close to Currabubla where Private Ison lived.

Also shown in this listing are two photographs of Diggers wearing No.1 Mk.II’s, one from North Africa, the other of troops from D Company, 25th Infantry Battalion on Bougainville hearing orders before attacking Japanese positions on Pearl Ridge.  A very good example of a genuine and scarce Australian manufactured No.1 Mk.II from WW2.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.0000
Country of Origin Australian
Pattern Steel Helmet No.1 Mk.II
Maker Commonwealth Steel Company
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1942