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  • Vintage Cairns & Brothers helmet

    Vintage Cairns & Brothers helmet-can anybody tell me how old this is or what model?

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    Looks like a "war baby," which would likely put it in the WWII era. Things like brims were made smaller to save material for the war effort.
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      While Tree is correct about the war baby having a smaller brim, the overall height was also shorter too. I am fairly certain what you have there is a 550 Seamless. They also produced a 650 Seamless that had a longer rear brim like the 5A has now. The disc in the top of the lid is one way to tell for sure it is not a war baby- Cairns moved to Clifton in 1947 after the war ended. From what I have gathered, for a period after they moved they did not put a date code on that disc, the date codes started in the late 50's or early 60's and I have not found any definitive source as to when for sure (but 1963 comes up the most). The date code is simply a letter that designates a 2 year span when it could have been made.

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