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Yes I think it could be contemporary 9 37.50%
I don't know 4 16.67%
No, I think its a modern fake, in a failed attempt to increase its value 6 25.00%
No, I think it was done after the war for some other reason 5 20.83%
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Old 27-03-15, 09:56 AM
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I bought this helmet recently as a joke, my friend who I was sharing a stall pitch with at Malvern really hates Tesco and I thought I would wear it to annoy him, I actually really like Tesco but that's irrelevant and I digress, its a bare shell and it only cost a tenner but it is nicely dated.

I know that there is a lot of helmet repainting going on these days to increase the value of mundane items and its a complete con, but when I thought about it this doesn't appear to have been done very recently and it has probably devalued this particular helmet?

It seems from some internet research that Tesco had about 100 shops at the start of the war, I presume they would have had warehouses and delivery lorries which would have had staff, who could have had to work through air raids and who hopefully this company would have issued some suitable protective clothing, to stop this clothing being nicked or through company pride it could have been marked with the company name, it certainly was with some factories.

So do any of you think this could be contemporary? And just for fun we will have a poll.

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Old 27-03-15, 11:04 AM
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It certainly does look original to me! Or am I due an appointment at Specsavers?

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Old 27-03-15, 11:49 AM
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Did TESCO ever mean anything apart from Tesco shops?
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Old 27-03-15, 12:50 PM
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I would expect the writing to be in the same condition as the rest of the paint work and at the front of the helmet, I doubt shops are run the same way as during pre and 2ww with huge distribution depots but perhaps a few small vans.
The other thing is it looks like the logo from a modern till receipt.

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Amazing what you can achieve with a bit of Tipex!
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Just to be pedantic, I would bet my life that it isnt Tipex. Its far too thin and even, possibly its a white paint pen (the type used on notice boards).
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Phil,

Just to be even more pedantic, every bottle of tipex I got always came with a bottle of thinners. After a few uses you had to add thinners and it got , believe it or not, thinner and thinner.

If I was you I would avoid driving today and dont walk under any ladders

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Thanks to all those who have taken the time to vote, opinion seems fairly even at the moment, the poll is due to run a bit longer if you would still like to give your opinion.

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http://fontmeme.com/tesco-font/
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Tipex or paint pen, either way, that link proves its not a contemporary decal
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Old 30-03-15, 05:49 PM
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That does seem to prove its been done fairly recently, thanks everyone.

But should I remove it?

Maybe a poll to decide? No maybe not.

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No! The modern typeface is totally different.

Before doing anything rash you should look on Tesco's own website:
http://www.tescoplc.com/index.asp?pageid=11

It shows that, in the early years, Tesco changed their typeface every five minutes and there were often totally different typefaces running alongside one another.

On their timeline there is a photograph (close-up below) of a delivery van with its bored-looking driver taken in 1924 (although some of the other photographs are mis-captioned so it could be later). Above the cab 'Tesco Tea' is clearly painted in the typeface on your helmet which is quite different to the modern font if you compare them closely.

The C and O are the crucial letters. The modern typeface has both the same shape with a section cut out of the O to form a C.
In the pre-war version the C is a very similar to the modern version - a thick flat oval. However, the O is taller and narrower on both the van and the helmet.

I think your helmet is the real thing and certainly wouldn't repaint it and turn it from a rarity into a 5 tin hat - unless someone has taken the trouble to go on to the Tesco site in search of historical accuracy in order to make a better fake!
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Thanks for the great info, I haven't and won't remove the "Tesco".

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My pleasure, Rob
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I can't believe some of you people. Why on Earth would anyone fake a Tin Lid up with Tesco? There are hundreds of far more 'sexy' home front units or establishments to choose from if it was faking it for monetary gain. I for what it's worth think it is real and the fact it is only bleeding Tesco's is what convinces me. Probably a Driver or Warehouse man. After all they had to carry a lid & mask by law.
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