How cool is this vintage English constable bobby helmet? It is a 1960s/1970s Leicester and Rutland Constabulary helmet from the English Police.
Cork body with smooth cloth six panel covering, cloth center band with chrome side rosettes, balltop and helmet plate. It stands approximately 9” tall and about 12” diameter. It’s pretty awesome. And in excellent condition! The Leicester and Rutland Constabulary was in force between 1967 – 1974 and yet this constable bobby hat shows very little signs of wear.
Those who know me or have read my earlier posts know that I am obsessed with English murder mystery novels, movies and TV series so I was soooo excited when I came across this baby! I think next time I’ll watch a Poirot or Midsomer Murders I’ll put this thing on just for kicks. Yup. Now I’m getting really excited. And sad at the thought of parting with it but I have a house full of antiques and collectibles and I need to make room for more. So you can find this awesome collectible in my Etsy vintage store here.
A little bit of history on the Leicester and Rutland Constabulary:
The first police force in Leicestershire was the Leicester Borough Police, formed in 1836 and based in the heart of the city at the Guildhall. Three years later, in 1839, Leicestershire Police came into being as one of the first county forces in Britain. In 1848, a third force – Rutland Constabulary – was formed with just one constable and a chief constable. All three forces ran independently until April 1951 when Leicestershire Police and Rutland Constabulary merged into one. Some years prior to this, in 1919, the Borough Police changed its name to Leicester City Police. This organization continued independently until 1967 when a new single force – Leicester and Rutland Constabulary – was created. A further change came in April 1974 under the re-organization of local government. The police force for the entire area took the name Leicestershire Constabulary. In 2012, Leicestershire Constabulary changed its name to Leicestershire Police.