British Home Service Helmets
British Home Service Helmet - BCH-001
The British home service helmet is a variation of British Foreign Service pith helmet. It was adopted a broadly similar helmet, of dark blue cloth over cork and incorporating a bronze spike, for wear in non-tropical areas. The helmets come with various types of decoration fittings to indentify different officer ranks as well as units and departments.
This helmet is a brand new item made of resin, composite material or cork. It is great for used at marching events, special groups, collectors or display purposes.
Outside cover: High quality khaki twill.
Inside liner: Shade green or cream cotton fabric.
Chinstrap and sweatband: High quality leather.
Helmet fittings: Front helmet badge, helmet plate, helmet chin chain strap, helmet ventilator, helmet rosettes, helmet top ball or helmet spike and helmet crosspiece. Fittings are 24k gold or chrome plated.
Color: As pictured. Other colors on request.
Size: 55 - 58 cm. Other sizes on request.
Modeled on the German Pickelhaube, the British Army adopted this headgear (which they called the "Home Service Helmet") in 1878. Most British line infantry, artillery (with ball rather than spike) and engineers wore the helmet until 1902, when khaki Service Dress was introduced. With the general adoption of khaki for field dress in 1903, the helmet became purely a full dress item, being worn as such until 1914
The British home service helmet is still worn by some British Army bands or Corps of Drums on ceremonial occasions today. It is closely related to the custodian helmet worn by a number of police forces in England and Wales.
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