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WW2 British / Australian No.3 Mk.I Dispatch Riders Helmet - Mint

WW2 British / Australian No.3 Mk.I Dispatch Riders Helmet - Mint

$525.00
Product code: 29

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A mint original British manufactured, Australian used Second World War No.3 Mk. I Dispatch Riders helmet produced by Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd (BMB) in 1942 and fitted with its original lining and chinstrap. The helmet is finished in its original olive drab textured paint. This is a very good original example of a British manufactured No.3 Mk. I Dispatch Riders (DR) Helmet manufactured by Briggs Motor Bodies (BMB) Ltd in 1942.  The helmet is still fitted with its original helmet liner and chinstrap and is almost certainly one of those issued to Australian Troops during World War 2.  These helmets were supplied to Australia between 1942 and 1944 and supplemented the Australian produced Duperite fibre dispatch riders helmets. 

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Made by Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd (BMB) - 1942 - Size 6¾

A mint original British manufactured, Australian used Second World War No.3 Mk. I Dispatch Riders helmet produced by Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd (BMB) in 1942 and fitted with its original lining and chinstrap. The helmet is finished in its original olive drab textured paint. This is a very good original example of a British manufactured No.3 Mk. I Dispatch Riders (DR) Helmet manufactured by Briggs Motor Bodies (BMB) Ltd in 1942.  The helmet is still fitted with its original helmet liner and chinstrap and is almost certainly one of those issued to Australian Troops during World War 2.  These helmets were supplied to Australia between 1942 and 1944 and supplemented the Australian produced Duperite fibre dispatch riders helmets.  Unlike the Australian DR helmet the No.3 Mk. I Dispatch Riders Helmet was very highly regarded not just by Australian troops but also by the British, Canadian and American DR’s who also wore it.

The British originally adopted a steel DR helmet as a replacement for their own fibre version.  The No.3 Mk. I Dispatch Riders Helmet was one of three new steel helmets authorized for use by the War Office in 1940.  All three of the new helmets used a common shell based on the German Fallschirmjäger helmet: the Helmet DR, Steel Mk.I or Helmet, Steel No.3 for Dispatch Riders, the Helmet, Steel No.4 for Armoured Fighting Vehicle crews and the Helmet, Steel No.5 for paratroopers. As already stated the new helmet was very highly regarded, so much so that it became the ‘must have’ item of equipment for US DR’s when America entered the war.  Attached to this listing are a couple of pictures showing British and US DR’s wearing the helmet during WW2. The Australian War Memorial has in its collection a photograph of 4 DR’s belonging to 2/7 Cavalry Commando, 2 of who are wearing No.3 Mk.I’s.  That photo can be viewed online at: http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/085022

This particular helmet, which is in mint original condition, is still finished in its original olive drab textured painted finish, patinated consistent with age and use.  It is one of those produced by Briggs Motor Bodies (BMB) Ltd in 1942 as evidenced by the stamp on the liner (see photograph) BMB 1942 and the size 6 ¾ inside a shield motif.  The original helmet lining shows very little wear and the leather bracing and chinstrap are still supple and in outstanding original condition. The helmet is fitted with its characteristic leather and webbed liner, with a thick felt padded ring on the inside edge of the helmet. The interior crown is fitted with four tan web straps and a tie string for fit adjustment.  The leather sweatband is stamped with the manufacturer’s initials, date and size shield. The liner is fixed by four screws (the two rear screws having hex nuts and the two front ones rounded anchor nuts). The leather thirteen hole chinstrap is fitted with a brass roller buckle and alloy snap closure. The head and neck lining are lined with brown wool, and have a seven-holed opening over each ear and a lace adjustment on the rear lining. The helmet has not been restored.

This British manufactured Australian sourced Second World War No.3 Mk. I Dispatch Riders Helmet is a mint ‘investment quality’ example of its type.  The condition of the lining is outstanding and shows only the lightest signs if use.  If you only collect the very best, this helmet is it.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.2500
Country of Origin Australian, British
Pattern No.3 Mk. I Dispatch Riders
Maker Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1942