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Object Name

Helmet

Maker

Firth & Sons (Primary maker)

Date Made

18/1915
18/1915

Description

Khaki Brodie style helmet with leather lining and chin strap. Painted black interior. Marked FS 122. Firth & Sons produced these helmets for British, American & Canadian troops during the First World War. This helmet was produced c.1915-18 and was later re-used during the Second World War for civilian purposes. Contains original lining and rubber ring c.1917. There is evidence of the lettering SFP on the front of the helmet. SFP stood for Special Fire Control volunteers, often called Street Fire Party or Sector Fire Party. These Fire Guards were civilian volunteers. A mark up of this style of helmet was available to buy at about 6 shillings in 1940. Factory workers could also purchase them to protect them while in work, factories were targeted by bomber planes. This helmet is an example of someone reusing a FWW helmet.

Materials

steel

Place Collected

Northern Ireland: County Antrim: Belfast
Belfast

Catalogue Number

BELUM.W2014.239

Copyright

National Museums NI