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drummer barry


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hello, can someone tell me what material is covering the home service helmet please, post 1880, and where all regiments blue? i am making one re-2nd queens.
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Adrian Whiting


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Hello,

The 1878 pattern Home Service Helmet has a cork body and is covered in a plain drill cloth, blue for line infantry (inc 2-Queens) and green for rifle regiments.

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drummer barry


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hi and thanks, the ones i have been in contact with seem to be a wool!
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Sawubona


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It's my understanding that "drill" is actually a wool blend, but can anyone be a bit more specific? Is it wool blended with another material, cotton perhaps?
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drummer barry


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thank you, yes that was my understanding, my main concern is that i wish to purchase as close as possible the correct cloth to cover the helmet! does anyone know what is the modern equivilant?
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Adrian Whiting


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Drummer Barry, yes, Sawubona is right I think. Drill is usually a cotton cloth and can be blended with wool. Cotton drill was also used for service Khaki uniforms.

If you are in Aldershot you could pop into Glover & riding on Queen's Avenue (if they are still there), they will be able to assist you with the correct colour as it is still used on present day Home Service helmets. I think the cloth manufaturer may be Haimsworths (Abimelech Haimsworth).

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AMB


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Glovers are certainly still in Aldershot. I purchased kit there only a few months ago.

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drummer barry


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thank you.
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AMB


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Glover & Riding
Queens Avenue
Aldershot
Hampshire GU11 2BS

Telephone: 01252 323975

Fax: 01252 313988

Hope this helps.

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drummer barry


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hi, did the visit to Glover & riding and although helpfull could not tell me type of material.
i have since received samples from hainsworth where the Dark navy Doeskin is the closest in colour and feel etc.
thank you all for you help.
barry
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