A little digging can find just about anything...

When our European picker is on the road looking for unusual finds, he leaves no stone (or barn) unturned! This interesting find is an old helmet used by someone in the fire brigade. According to our sources (Thanks, Huub!), this helmet dates from 1950. (Le) Levior is a Belgian company from  the province Tongeren owned by the family Menten. Menten has been  producing helmets since 1904. They still produce helmets under several names (Le Levior, Levior, Levo, Goose and Vortex). This  helmet  is made from pressed cork and was produced from 1950 onwards. To use pressed cork isn't as weird as it sounds, in the UK pressed paper was used until well into this century for the most popular fire brigade helmets.