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Metropolitan Police Helmet Plates

 

The images below represent a selection of Metropolitan Police helmet plates from 1863 to the present day (May, 2018).

 
Many of the images come from the collection of the late Vic Wilkinson. The years stated for the periods in use of the helmet plates are taken from 'Badges of Office', by M.B. Taylor & V.L. Wilkinson, 1989.
 
There are some obvious exceptions, not least of which is that worn by the earliest women officers.
 
Please get in touch if you can provide a suitable image of any missing examples. I always give due acknowledgement of all contributions.
 
Thank you.
 
Early Victorian (1864 - 1870) Helmet Plate V (Wandsworth) Division
Early Victorian Dockyard (1864 -1870) PS 45 Helmet Plate
Early Victorian (1870 - 1880/81) Dockyard Fire Brigade PS Helmet Plate. This style was in use by the whole force at that time.
Late Victorian (1880/81 - 1901/06) Dockyard PS Helmet Plate (Black worn off?)
Late Victorian (1880/81 - 1901/06) B (Chelsea) Division Helmet Plate
Inspector Commissioner's Office 1901/06 - 1935
A Divisional (Whitehall) Inspector's Helmet Plate 1901/06 - 1935
PC C (St James's) Division Helmet Plate 1901/06 - 1935
PC F (Pddington) Division Helmet Plate 1901/06 - 1935
PC JR (Hackney) Divisional Reserve Helmet Plate 1901/06 - 1935
Dockyard Division PC Helmet Plate 1901/06 - 1935.
PC W (Clapham) Division Helmet Plate 1901/06 - 1935
PS Y (Highgate) Division Helmet Plate 1901/06 - 1935
King George V Superintendent's Ceremonial Helmet Plate 1912 - 1954. (It is possible that this is an early EVIIR plate with an updated GVR Royal Cypher after 1911?).
King George V Superintendent's Ceremonial Helmet Plate 1912 - 1954
According to 'Badges of Office' (Taylor & Wilkinson, 1989), this plate was in use in 1936. Edward VIII was on the throne from 20 January, 1936 to his abdication on 11 December that year.
Metropolitan WPC Plate (85 mm high x 600 mm wide) with EVIIIR Royal Cipher.
Metropolitan WPC Plate (85 mm high x 600 mm wide) with EVIIIR Royal Cipher. (Rear view).
Inspector's Ceremonial Helmet Plate 1935 - 1936
PC & PS Helmet Plate 1935 - 1936
Inspector's Ceremonial Helmet Plate 1937 - 1954
King George VI PC & PS Helmet Plate 1937 - 1954
Metropolitan Police Band helmet plate, King's Crown.
Queen Elizabeth II Inspector's Ceremonial Helmet Plate (Royal Cypher separate) 19542 - 1980/81
PC & PS Helmet Plate 1952 - 1965
EIIR PC & PS Helmet Plate 1965 - 1980/81
PC & PS Helmet Plate 1980/81 - Still in use ( May, 2018).

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