WWII Mk.II. Army Helmet - Unit Marked
WWII Mk.II. Army Helmet - Unit Marked - Steel, magnetic, in army green, painted in black with the number "1" on the front and running Saint insignias on each side, right and left facing on their respective sides, covered by a web of army green netting, secured by a thick drawstring on the underside. Inside, steel framed cradle supporting a five-panel leather liner, size marked "5 3/4" and dated "1940" on the rear cradle arm, marked "1 BMI" and dated "1941" on the left underside helmet lip, central rubber crown pad in the dome, webbed chinstrap held in place by riveted loops on either side. Signs of surface rust on the exterior on top and throughout the underside, in very fine condition. Footnote: Simon Templar is a British fictional character known as The Saint, featured in a long-running series of books by Leslie Charteris published between 1928 and 1963. During the first half of the 1940s, Charteris cast Templar as a willing operative of the American government, fighting Nazi interests in the U.S. during World War II. In the stories, the stick figure mysteriously appeared in various places to indicate that Simon Templar had been there (similar to the way that drawings of Kilroy appeared in various unexpected places during the War). The Saint was a roguish character with a mysterious past who set things to right, while taking a share of the spoils.