#AceHistoryRemembers A rare helmet which dates back almost 100 years has been unearthed and returned to West Midlands Police to preserve for generations to come the distinctive headwear has been traced to a PC Ernest Tipler who served with the force for almost 30 years before retiring in the 1940s. #AceHistoryDesk reports

#AceHistoryNews – Sept.23: A rare helmet which dates back almost 100 years has been unearthed and returned to West Midlands Police to preserve for generations to come: The historic helmet was worn by an officer from Birmingham City Police during the early 20th Century #AceHistoryDesk reports

historic helmet

The distinctive headwear has been traced to a PC Ernest Tipler who served with the force for almost 30 years before retiring in the 1940s.

It is synonymous with the early 1900s due to having a spike; which was replaced with a rounded top after that period.

Ernest TiplerThe distinctive headwear has been traced to a PC Ernest Tipler

The helmet – along with two old badges from Wolverhampton Police – were recently acquired by a member of the public, Nick Davis, who has kindly handed them to the West Midlands Police Museum………………..The Wolverhampton Borough Police badge is believed to date back to the Victorian period while the Wolverhampton Special Constabulary one is thought to be over 60 years old………………..They were recently received by Chief Constable Dave Thompson and will form part of the fascinating collection of items and artefacts from the force’s heritage.

hat closeupThe rare helmet will go on display at the Police Museum

Inspector Steve Rice, a heritage lead at WMP, said: “We are extremely grateful to receive this historic helmet which will feature greatly within our collection…………..”It reflects back to a period of policing many, many decades ago and it is always intriguing to see how times and equipment changes………………….”We don’t believe there are many of these still in existence and both the helmet and badges will help to further showcase our heritage.” ……….The museum based at Sparkhill police station is due to move a new location where the collection can be more widely viewed by the public.

Source: WM Police Report: Published: September.23: 2018:

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