Historic helmet back where it belongs at West Midlands Police Museum

Written by on September 24, 2018

A RARE historic helmet which dates back almost a century has been unearthed and returned to West Midlands Police.

It would have been worn by an officer from the Birmingham City Police during the early 20th Century.

Research shows it was worn by 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 it having a spike on the top. Later the design was replaced with one with a rounded top.

The helmet – along with two old badges from Wolverhampton Police – were recently acquired by Nick Davis, who has kindly handed them to the West Midlands Police Museum.

The Wolverhampton Borough Police badge dates 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.


Insp Steve Rice, a heritage lead at WMP, said the force was extremely grateful to receive the historic helmet which would feature greatly within our collection as it reflects a period of policing many many decades ago.

“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.

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