edstorey wrote:I have stopped posting on forums as very little of what is discussed is new, and most of what is discussed has already been documented in the past 20 years. Sadly, no-one bought the references or bothered to read them so the knowledge is still a mystery to most. I would have thought that as a museum the first question would have been what is the ISBN number of the book and is it still available - so I see nothing has changed.
I can understand that feeling. While there are some really amazing collector sites and forums out there that are a fount of knowledge, unique items such as this shell and liner combination may not be common knowledge. The first thing I did after reading your post was to look up Tin Lids both out of curiosity and for potential future use. We have a relatively small collection of military helmets, less than two dozen including a handful of international ones, but who knows what will show up in the future. Niche books such as these usually are a limited run and depending on the level of publishing don't have ISBN numbers so we often have to employ some investigation skills.
In case others are looking for a copy I was lucky enough to find several copies on AbeBooks, Amazon, eBay, and possibly available through order at our local library which sadly doesn't have a copy of its own. If I can get approval to spend the money, it's all about budgets, it would make a valuable addition to our reference collection.
Are there any other recommendations for other books that would go into this level of detail about Canadian, and to a lesser extent older British, military items? General information can tend to be found online but we're always looking for resources such as Tin Lids that go into specifics around history and identification.
Thanks again for your help!
P.S. German helmet collectors seem to be really passionate about their hobby. I had to i.d. a couple items and the level of detail on some sites was crazy.
P.P.S. Service Publications, the publisher of Tin Lids, has a few other books that would fall into the category I was looking for. Tin Lids can also be purchased from them directly!
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