Experts at the Imperial War Museum have been asked to take a look at a ‘war’ helmet discovered at the bottom of the Grand Union Canal in Hemel Hempstead.
The find had at first been dismissed by staff from the Canal and River Trust as probably a fancy dress prop, after it was dug out from the bottom of a drained canal lock at Apsley.
But after the discovery was revealed on this website readers got in touch to say they believe it is a genuine air raid warden helmet from the Second World War.
In light of the comments, the news team asked the trust if they would consider enlisting the help of an expert.
Trust spokesman Chris Stanley said: “It will be interesting to find out whether it is genuine or whether it is something else.”
It is believed that the metal helmet was modified to be a plant holder on the side of a canal boat and that it found its watery resting place after falling off the vessel.