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A rare silver winged trophy helmet awarded by the British Dirt Track Racing Association Ltd. in 1928 or 1929.

This prize dates from the advent of Dirt Track (and Speedway) racing in Great Britain. As the sport grew in popularity, riders from the USA, Australia and New Zealand were drawn to these shores by lucrative prize funds.

The silver and gold helmets were typically awarded to the winner of a series of races run over a number of meetings.Very few of these trophies have survived.

The silver shell is hallmarked for Birmingham 1928 however the maker's mark has been defaced. This was almost certainly done by the "Birmingham Medal Co." who supplied the completed trophy. The remains of their silk label is present inside the helmet.

The trophy was constructed on a 'bone dome" racing helmet with leather fittings. The silver shell, mounted with the wings and the enamel badge, were fitted over the helmet.  Unfortunately, we have so far been unable to determine the identity of the winning rider.

Dimensions

The helmet measures 21.8 x 23.7cm and is about 15.2cm high (ignoring the leather straps).

Weight

The total weight is about 46 ounces.