WWII Mark II Air Raid Precautionary (ARP) Helmet
WWII Mark II Air Raid Precautionary (ARP) Helmet - Canadian-made, steel, non-magnetic, in army green, with a white painted "A.R.P." stenciled on the front. Inside, steel framed cradle supporting a five-panel leather liner, size marked "8 7/8", maker marked "V.M.C." (Viceroy Manufacturing Company of Toronto, Ontario, maker of all Canadian helmet linings), marked "II" (Mark II) and dated "1940" on the left cradle arm, maker marked "C.L./C." (Canadian Lamp Company of Windsor, Ontario), dated "1942" and marked "78" on the rear underside helmetlip, central rubber crown pad in the dome, webbed chinstrap held in place by riveted loops on either side. Signs of scuff marks throughout, brittle liner and crown pad, in very fine condition. Footnote: Air Raid Precautions (ARP) was an organization in the United Kingdom set up as an aid in the prelude to the Second World War dedicated to the protection of civilians from the danger of air-raids. It was created in 1924 as a response to the fears about the growing threat from the development of bomber aircraft. Many of the practices and ideals set forth by the ARP lived on beyond the War thorough Civil Defense during the Cold War and still exist today in civilian organizations in the United Kingdom and the United States.