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British WW2 Zuckerman Civil Defence Helmets


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This is a wartime "Fire Watcher" helmet (not army) - of light construction and the liner was held in by a string-lace system all round using the holes around the top edge of the brim as seen in the photo.

Probably don't often turn up nowadays - it still has the original paintwork, so don't overpaint this.

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Firewatchers: During the Blitz, similar to ARP organisation, mostly volunteer civilians, on the lookout for potential air raids - this helmet was more of a provisional construction and not for military use 

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30092494

You can read more on this on above link to an Imperial War Museum exhibit with description, but no picture. The description fits your piece in the construction, various paintwork and badges were used, mostly without a badge as your example.

Description of Imperial War Museum example:

Around the helmet are a series of punched holes through which is threaded a length of cord similar to a shoelace. The white tape and leather liner is secured to the shell by this cord.

Photo: As well as working in a factory and being a member of the Air Training Corps, 19 year old George Metcalfe also spends time as a fire watcher. He is on duty once every ten days, and can be seen here in tin hat and ‘Fire Guard’ brassard patrolling his ‘beat’ around Norwood, London

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Welcome to the forum Munners 1975, the helmet is commonly called a Zuckerman Helmet after its designer Professor Solly Zuckerman,and was used by Fire Watchers, Fire Guards, Supplementary Fire Party members or even civilians. The helmet you have is made by the Pressed Steel Company of Cowley Oxford and dated 3/1941. Here are photo's of Zuckerman Helmets and the trademark of PSC of Cowley.and instruction leaflet.

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I forgot to mention the name "Zuckerman". He is mentioned in Wikipedia, but no mention of the helmet he designed.

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Hi Steve, welcome to the forum, no problem to post Zuckermans here, in fact I have just renamed this thread so from now on this thread can be used to post Zuckerman helmets :thumbsup:   

 

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Here we have a good example of a Zuckerman helmet dated 5/1941 and made by PSC = Pressed Steel Company of Cowley Oxford.

Has a size 7 liner made by BMB = Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd of Dagenham and dated 1941.

The helmets were only made in two sizes and stamped with a M ( medium ) or L ( large ).

Photo's from other sources.

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Here we have a Zuckerman helmet stamped 1/1941 AMC = Austin Motors Co of Longbridge Cowley fitted with a liner

by C.C.& S Ltd unknown maker at this time?

Photo's from other sources.

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