Where to find Home Service helmet replica

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Where to find Home Service helmet replica

Postby jlgx50 » 20 Mar 2011 07:55

Hello

I am trying to piece together a Uniform and I'm not sure where to find places to get these things made I'm looking for reproduction places

http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/REL/18353.001

http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/REL/18862.003

http://www.militaryheadgear.com/types/618/items/760

if you guys know where i could get the Home Service helmet remade at a nice price I would be really greatful
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Re: Reproduction help

Postby zerostate » 20 Mar 2011 22:31

I haven't used them, so this is not a recommendation, but these guys do Home Service helmets: http://www.victorianstrollers.co.uk/stevesuniforms/forsale.html . They are pricey though. Also these guys: http://www.scarletgunner.com/supply .

I think they can be obtained from the outfitter that supplies the army IIRC, but I can't remember the details.

Note again that I have used neither supplier, so can't personally recommend them.

Chris

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Re: Reproduction help

Postby QSVC » 20 Mar 2011 23:05

Hello,

The Village Hat Shop do a nice copy suitable for pre Federation Australian volunteer units. Their foreign service helmet is well made.....You made need to move the cloth band slightly lower, it sits up higher in reality than in the photos.

http://hat.villagehatshop.com/search?w= ... submit.y=8

I've ordered some gear of The RQM who's a member here, he does good material, tunics and equipment and offers a foreign service helmet as well.

http://www.regimental-quartermaster.com/index.htm

Museum Victoria have a nice collection of Colonial era Victorian uniforms, can I suggest you start here for patterns, styles, etc.

http://museumvictoria.com.au/

If you've already done so, then you're in front.

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Re: Reproduction help

Postby Hillebrandt » 21 Mar 2011 09:43

I bought my Home Service Helmet from Steve on the Victorian Strollers website and must say that it's the finest repro item that I have in my collection. As Chris says, they do come a bit pricey and I also had to provide my own helmet plate.

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Re: Reproduction help

Postby jlgx50 » 21 Mar 2011 13:47

THanks Guys

Hillebrandt I have seen Steve's site before and yeah that's what worries me, the home service helmet is almost as expensive as the uniform, the white pith helmet is going to cost me $40 online, the uniform will cost me £200 at 19 century tailoring, but the home service helmet is like £200 and some at Steeve's site, I'll email the other link and see what their price is, for a reproduction I'm hoping for it to find it a little cheaper
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Re: Reproduction help

Postby Oswald Bastable » 02 Aug 2011 22:31

A bit of thread necromancy; I've been after a home service helmet replica myself but £200 seems to be the cheapest I've found online; does anyone know of any other suppliers that have not been mentioned?
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Re: Where to find Home Service helmet replica

Postby Dublin Peeler » 19 Sep 2011 02:07

First off, where are you located?
If you are refering to the blue cloth Home Service helmet :
Rounded peak or pointed?
If you want to start buliding one up from scratch you can get a repro from http://www.ushist.com
They sell an Indian wars replica dress helmet for around $60, also chinchains , but I think they might be short ones (not the full drape around).
Finding the hardware is the next challenge.. The chinchains are available from a company who produces parts for ceremonial helmets.....they also have spikes etc... http://linkorient.trustpass.alibaba.com ... elmet.html
I am told there is a dealer in the UK called Peter Green who can supply cruciform bases etc, have not found contact info for him yet. Might be the fella who supplied the Thin Red Line webstore, not sure. If you get contact info, pass it back this way =)
I have found a replica helmet on Alibaba.com made in Vietnam, cant locate it right now. Search around in there, not saying this is true, but I would not be surprised if the one discussed above comes from Vietnam or India. If I find any more info I will post it.
Cheers....Tom.
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Re: Where to find Home Service helmet replica

Postby Oswald Bastable » 19 Sep 2011 02:14

Thanks for the reply Tom; I'm in the UK and yes the blue cloth helmet is the one i'm after.
Rounded or pointed? at this stage I'd be glad of either :)

Thanks for the info, if I find any other sources I'll post them on here.
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Re: Where to find Home Service helmet replica

Postby Bugler » 04 Feb 2014 07:13

Hi,

I am happy to say I have found a source. I can have them reproduced in batches of ten helmets. I am still waiting on confirmation of rifle green version and a ball and leaf top as well.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IndWhc ... c/viewform

To place your order for what you want.

The helmets come without a plate.

Thanks,

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Re: Where to find Home Service helmet replica

Postby richardhunt » 04 Feb 2014 11:30

HELLO THERE,

LOOKING AT THESE POSTINGS WITH INTEREST, AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THERE IS NO CONTEST .

THE ONLY CREDIBLE REPRODUCTIONS OF BRITISH ARMY HOME SERVICE HELMETS ARE TO BE HAD

FROM COLONEL PETER WALTON "THE SCARLET GUNNER".

THE REST ARE WRONG IN SHAPE , THE US ARMY HAD A TOTALLY DIFFERENT DESIGN IN SHAPE AND

FURNITURE.

REPRO ONES FROM OTHER SUPPLIERS THAT I HAVE SEEN JUST HAVE NOT GOT IT RIGHT, ALSO THE QUALITY IS

OFTEN POOR.

THE ONLY VIRTUE IS THAT THEY ARE CHEAPER, BUT YOU PAY YOUR MONEY AND YOU TAKE YOUR CHOICE.

THE MAIN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ORIGINAL ITEMS AND THE SCARLET GUNNER MODELS IS THE FACT

THAT ORIGINALS WERE CORK BODIED, SCARLET GUNNER HELMETS ARE A COMPOSITION WHICH HOLDS ITS

SHAPE BETTER AND IS MORE DURABLE.

THE SHAPE IS SPOT ON AND THE QUALITY OF SKULL AND FURNITURE IS SUPERB.

I ABLE TO COMMENT ON THESE HAVING RECENTLY PURCHASED A DOZEN FROM THE SCARLET GUNNER.


BEST, REGARDS, RICHARD
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Re: Where to find Home Service helmet replica

Postby timothylrose » 04 Feb 2014 14:22

I would echo all of Richard's points well made in the post above - we have been using Peter's stuff since we started and they are the only ones out there - there are other suppliers / manufacturers some of whom including a few named here buy from Peter and add on their bit and sell on. You pays your money and takes your choice - but beware of the mass of Indian fakes around - they look fine but have no durability and the metal work is a poor copy to say the least - if you put yourself out you can find bargain - we picked up a skull, chin chain and plate in a good size for £40 all in at Detling last year.

Peter's link is given in the thread below at the Scarlet Gunner - atb Tim

www.thediehards.co.uk
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