Original U.S. WWII Office of Civilian Defense Air Raid Warden Helmet
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Original Item: Only One Available. This U.S. Civil Defense helmet was manufactured and issued at the outbreak of WWII for use in the Civil Defense program specifically the United States Citizens Defense Corps Auxiliary Police. These were used by air raid wardens during drills. Overall condition is good but definitely worn, with stamp on the rear inside rim:
O. C. D.
The abbreviation at the end stands for “Office of Civilian Defense”, which was the agency responsible for all of the civil defense initiatives in the United States. The helmet is the correct white color, with the Civil Defense emblem on the front. There is also some nice personalization on the inside of the helmet, though unfortunately part of the paint is missing, so only the left half can be read.
The helmet is intact and has all of the original parts, however the condition has definitely suffered. It looks to have been exposed to the elements for some time, which has resulted in a lot of surface rusting under the paint, especially on the interior of the helmet. The original liner and chin strap are present, however they are deteriorated, especially the chin strap, which has torn through at one end. There are even some old mud wasp nests (completely inactive/dead)…