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Para helmet...What Country?
« on: November 02, 2014, 11:07:02 AM »
Have had this helmet for 30+ years.Found it at a local gunshow around 1980.

The helmet has no date or makers marks on the sweatband.Khaki webb chin strap

Painted on the shell is a lightning bolt.Under the blue and white paint is the original OD paint.The interior of the shell still shows the OD paint as well as some of the rough finnish.Unit or tactical mark?
Military or civilian painted?

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Re: Para helmet...What Country?
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2014, 11:08:07 AM »
Liner

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Re: Para helmet...What Country?
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2014, 11:11:01 AM »
British pattern...obviously...but possibly of post-war Belgian manufacture as they used home-produced versions of the British "Tommy" and para helmets before switching to the M1 clone. As for the markings...could have been used as a biker helmet?! 
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Re: Para helmet...What Country?
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2014, 11:19:25 AM »
Thanks Ian.
Have thought the same over the years.Maybe a scooter/MC helmet paint job.
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Re: Para helmet...What Country?
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2014, 12:03:29 PM »
That was a reat find.  Could have been a NASCAR drivers helmet.  Yep I think Richard Petty used to wear one that looked just like it.

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Re: Para helmet...What Country?
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2018, 09:49:46 PM »
Bumping this up to see if anyone has any other thoughts on it.

Interior around rim still shows olive drab paint with a sand type texture.

Thanks for looking

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Re: Para helmet...What Country?
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2018, 04:22:14 AM »
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Re: Para helmet...What Country?
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2018, 06:29:21 AM »
The interior paint looks British, could be wartime or post war as this type of helmet was used from 1943 through to the 1980's.  The liner should have a makers mark and dates on it, as should the shell but it is often very hard if not impossible to find on wartime helmets but is clearer on 1950's versions, which apart from the dates and liner makers are identical to wartime issues.  The Aussies and Belgians used these post war as did Israel among others.
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Re: Para helmet...What Country?
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2018, 08:01:01 AM »
Thanks for the replies and observations.

That's as as far as I have gotten myself with it possible post war or other country used.
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Re: Para helmet...What Country?
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2018, 11:14:22 AM »
Deffo British as I used to wear one in the 70's. Think it is post war just by the front two fasteners.

 

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