Scarce Newfoundland Constabulary Helmet
A scarce, fine condition early 1900's pith helmet for the Newfoundland Constabulary. The only other example we found is currently in the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Museum in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and it is in considerably poorer condition. This example has survived well with its original spike, badge, chain-link strap and leather sweatband. The interior features several signatures as well as a couple dates, one of which is 1941 and another that looks to be 1934 or 1939. I believe this helmet is likely older than that, possibly going back as early as the Edwardian era.
The Newfoundland Constabulary was modeled after the Irish Constabulary, and that is evident in its badge design. The Newfoundland Constabulary is considered the oldest civil police force in Canada. During the first and second world wars, the constabulary was tasked with hunting down enemy spies. One of the most infamous investigated incidents was the 1942 Knights of Columbus Hostel fire, believed to have been the work of Nazi agents. Nearly 100 people died in the fire, mostly military personnel.