The helmet itself was bought as a group from a collector in Calgary, and came with a PPCLI issued HSAT, and a Canadian made MkII. The helmet is a fixed bail, front seam with a 3rd pattern General Fibre made Hawley liner with the name cpl Hurford (or Hurfard). It has nice brass connectors on proper straps. For reasons below I have only peaked under the cover but what I can see it looks to be proper WWII paint in good condition. The heat stamp it would put it in late 42 which is in the date range of M1's sent to Canada.
So with the helmet out of the way, the reason I come here looking for opinions, the hand painted camo on the helmet. It has been painted while on the helmet itself, and looks to have been painted on what could be a piece of uniform fabric? The bump you see in the back of the helmet is a RCAMC MkIII shell dressing that was under the cover while it was painted. For the reason that the cover was painted while on the helmet and obviously has not been removed since it was painted I have no intention of taking it off, there are pleats where there is no paint and there would be no real feasible way of putting the cover back on the way it originally was. I pealed back the cover a bit to just inspect it but did not remove the band and didn't pull anything back further than that so is why I do not have a date on the bandage pack.
I have posted this one on several forums, with people liking both the helmet and the cover, but without anyone recognizing the cloth or even the time period that the camo could have been added to the helmet. Since there is a chance that it is Canadian I thought I would ask if anyone here might recognize the cloth that was painted, the elastic band, maybe the pattern of the camouflage, the date of the MkIII dressing (I believe it is pre Korean but I could be wrong), or a long shot of knowing about cpl Hurford (Hurfard).
Thank you for your time and knowledge in advance.