This is a beautiful, genuine British policeman's hat dating from 1949.
The hat was manufactured by the renowned English company, Christie's, whose helmets can be distinguished by the lack of center-seam.
This style is still widely worn by bobbies in Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
This helmet is from Manchester, England, as is evident by the beautiful silver-tone emblem on the front.
The seal is rendered in gorgeous detail and features the British crown surmounting a star. Inside, the traditional English emblems of the Lion and Unicorn are pictured.
There are three types of English Bobby helmets: the Comb, the Ball-top, and the Rose top. This particular helmet is a Comb, characterized by the ventilated metal cap at the top.
These are rarely encountered as the British government discourages the sale of police surplus and normally require that all out-of-use helmets be destroyed.
The metal cap is slightly loose, but remains attached.
A beautiful, narrow strip of black patent leather embellishes the exterior band, giving the otherwise soft-felt finish a touch of chine.
The interior band is lined with a wide strip of genuine brown leather.
The manufacturer's logo is embossed on the leather band and reads "English Manufacture, Christie's London, 1949". The emblem is quite worn but remains mostly visible.
As you can see, the helmet exhibits some expected wear both inside and out, though we are pleased to say that it remains in good vintage condition overall.
Measurements: Interior circumference: 21 1/2", Height: 8", Brim circumference: 31", Length (front to back): 11 3/8", Width (side to side): 7 1/2" Weight: 306.2 grams (10.8 oz)