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Top Rated Helmets

At Historical Emporium, we have been selling authentic period clothing since 2003, with thousands of satisfied customers around the world.

We have sold hundreds of helmets, and we listen closely to customer feedback to make sure we're delivering on the promise of unique, authentic clothing, world class service, and great prices.

We survey every customer to gauge their opinion of the products they bought, and put together this list of the top-ranked helmets in our store.

Shop with confidence, knowing that these terrific helmets have been tested and endorsed by our other customers, and that you will receive five star service along with a great value!


#1 Rated Helmet
British Empire Pith Helmet - White

 Victorian Steampunk Mens Hats White Cotton Helmets |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Adventurer Gifts

ITEM 001973




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.62/5.00 stars from 29 reviews

Nice Helmet!
I bought this to go with other items as the Egyptologist! It's original fit was for a more round head. But a little pressure on the sides, it conformed to my head and was very comfortable. It looks great and I received many compliments!
Feb 11, 2020
Matt D
New Orleans LA
Perfect Pith
Bought this hat for an Edwardian Musical. Great quality, perfect replica Boer War helmet. Light, Strong, top quality product.
Nov 20, 2018
Toorak Vi
Didn't like it.
Apr 21, 2018
Chris Strausser
Palm Coast Fl
White Pith Helmet
Beautiful helmet perfect for the Australia IRONFEST this year the theme is "The Lost Worlds"
Feb 17, 2017
Lithgow NS
pith helmet
Nice helmet, but inside leather sweatband was poorly constructed and cheaply made. I later saw a similar helmet and it had a substantially better constructed sweatband that was securely attached and easily adjustable to fit the correct head size. The other characteristics seem very comparable to each other.
Mar 17, 2016
Lakewood ca
Pith Helmet
Very nice. Just what I expected. As a Postal worker, we have what they call 'pith helmets' for uniform wear in the summer...but they're (gasp!) PLASTIC! So, when I got mine, I started wearing it for work and have received many compliments on it. Thanks for offering this wonderful product. I've been looking for one for years. One question, it possible to apply waterproofing without damaging the core?
Aug 12, 2014
Joel Emerson
Albion NY
Great deal
Having looked online for some time for this style pith helmet, I found the Historical Emporium's website and made the purchase. The workmanship, styling and quality are great. I found the fit initially tight on my forehead but soaking the helmet in the water (as it's designed for), and a gentle reshaping, fixed it. I wear it daily in the desert climate of CA. The quick service was also stellar.
Jul 21, 2014
Palm Springs CA
British Empire Pith Helmet
Oustanding quality, value and price. This helmet can be used to recreate US military dress helmets of the late 19th century asnd easily accepts ALL replica and original brass hardware.
Jun 18, 2014
Oliver Grant
Ladera Ranch CA
Cool Helmut
I used this in the hot Florida summer sun and actually kept my head cool Great Stuff.
Oct 25, 2013
Randall Knauss
Boca Raton US
Just the ticket for the next safari in the...
The helmet arrived very quickly after I had placed my order. It is well made and quite authentic, yet surprisingly light weight to wear. Having a lot of fun wearing it, while we prepare for our next trip to the colonies.
Aug 9, 2013

British Empire Pith Helmet
Highland Festivals take place in the heat and humidity of our American summers. When wearing a kilt, a black Balmoral, or a black Glengarry, seems wildly inappropriate. But the British Empire Pith Helmet in White satisfies our requirements perfectly.
Jul 12, 2013
Carson C. Smith,...
Indianapolis IN
good transaction
it fits comfortably arrived promptly and seems well made
Jun 28, 2013
lakeside ca
British Empire Pith Helmet
As a result of a big interest in British history, I have wanted a British Sun helmet like the British Empire Pith Helmet for quite some time. Now that I have one, all I can say is, it is FANTASTIC and I received it within a few days after ordering. It came in superb condition and the price was just right. Now I can imagine myself as Michael Caine or Stanley Baker in the movie Zulu. As our British cousins across the pond would say "Good show Historical Emporium. Jolly good show".
Jun 28, 2013
British Zulu Pith
Great product & price; don't understand earlier objections to band, this one is just fine. I wear a 7 5/8 and it worked for me.
May 10, 2013

Gentleman Adventurer
The British Empire Pith Helmet is of the highest quality and authenticity. It is extremely functional and makes for a superb cover to protect from the sun. For show, costuming, or practical use it is something every gentleman should have.
Jan 28, 2013


#2 Rated Helmet
British Empire Pith Helmet - Khaki

 Victorian Steampunk Mens Hats Brown Tan Cotton Helmets |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Adventurer Gifts for Him Stanley

ITEM 001972




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.76/5.00 stars from 80 reviews

Nice helmet!
Very nice and well-made pith helmet. Easily adjustable, fits fine. Nice and lightweight.
Jun 30, 2021
Asheville NC
Best out there
My German helmet was too heavy to have on long hikes. Other hats are floppy so I got the Zulu helmet. Absolutely perfect. Weighs 2 oz. I did use a hat enlarger to make it more oval. And sprayed on water proof. The ones from England are too small
May 20, 2021
Denver Co
SO COOL.......
Jan 22, 2021
David D.
Mannford OK
Great pith helmet
Does the job and received great complements while riding my bike around town.
Sep 17, 2020
Ralph J. W.

The chinstrap was of poor quality, and does not actually function, and even more disappointing was the general asymmetry of the helmet.
Apr 16, 2020
J Wild
Topeka Ka
Feeling so British
I had been looking at this hat for quite some time and finally just had to have it. My head size is 7 3/8 so it just fits snuggly. Very light-weight and appears to be very well made, just like an original I presume. I do have to agree with others that the chin strap looks "ok" and actually is functional but is not of the quality I would prefer. I'm thinking of taking the hat into a leather works shop to see what they could do. Otherwise the hat is very fun and I'm not disappointed in finally making the purchase. I also have the Safari Jacket and they go perfect together. Very sporting you know!
Aug 19, 2019
Kentucky Ned
Nicholasville Ke
Just what the cosplayer ordered
Lovely, lightweight helmet. Perfect for cosplaying and safari-ing (sp?).
Jul 31, 2019
Brian 5
Nashville TN
Better an Englishman than a Mad Dog!
Living in the Florida Panhandle in the Summer, you can understand the old adage that "Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun..." But some of us must be outside in the middle of the day regardless of the weather, and now I know how the redcoats were able to persevere, and conquer, from Cairo to Calcutta and the Cape... The quality, workmanship and durability of this product are only surpassed by its comfort and elan! Instead of swimming in my own sweat I am now sheltering in my own shade, and paying homage to the "Men of Harlech" in the 24th Regiment of Foot! Three cheers and a tiger for Historical Emporium! Huzzah!
Jul 17, 2019
Bill Janis/Bill
Pensacola Fl
pith helmet - khaki
I had been looking for a hat that provides the benefits this one does. I am adjusting it to be a school booster statement. It works perfect. I thank you for your site and the products you provide. I may be ble to use others int he future.
Nov 11, 2018
Robert Hawkes
Murray UT
Perfect for Adventure
Oct 5, 2018
Detroit MI
Oops. but OK...
Hi, I bought this helmet by accident. I actually wanted the safari hat. I'm buying the hat to wear while driving my hot rod roadster. I'll be ordering the correct hat soon. But, I wanted to say that everyone that I've shown the Pith Helmet to says that it's really cool and that I need to get some pinstriping on it. And, so I shall keep it and have that done. It's good quality and has the all important chin strap. You probably never thought your stuff would find a home in a hot rod, huh? Chili Phil
Apr 19, 2018
Chili Phil
Atascadero Ca
British empire pith helmet
Good construction, size really not large enough for 7 5/8, but removed sweat band and helmet fit fine
Oct 30, 2017
Manahawkin NJ
Looks awesome
Looks better than expected. I wear a 7 5/8 hat so is a little small for me. fixed that by cutting the sweat band and putting mole skin in it. Other wise great item. wonderful store, great customer service and shipping.
Oct 26, 2017
Eugene Or
Very Good
Helmet is a very good copy and better made than some others I have seen. And the price is lower than others I have seen. Well worth the money.
Sep 28, 2017
Bill Murnan
Indianapolis In
Just what I was looking for!
This British colonial era pith helmet is authentic, well made and was reasonably priced. Highly recommended.
Apr 16, 2017
Wells Ma


#3 Rated Helmet
Straw Safari Helmet - White

 Victorian Steampunk Mens Hats White Straw Helmets |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Adventurer

ITEM 003219




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.60/5.00 stars from 10 reviews

The perfect gift!
Jan 28, 2021
Eureka Springs Ar
Straw Safari Helmet -White
I was very disappointed. It is a cheap flimsy hat. I have a small head at 6 and 7/8ths, but the hat is too small even for my head and doesn't fit well at all. It is not worth the money. I will not purchase any other items from your company.
Mar 30, 2019
Joseph P Blake, Jr.
Manhasset Ne
Great quality
Outstanding quality. Very sturdy, yet light weight. love it.
Mar 22, 2019
Marty Popelka
Elk Grove Ca
Straw Safari Helmet
The quality is as advertised. My husband is looking forward to wearing it in the summer at the highland games in Arizona.
Dec 21, 2018
Judith D Bishop
Tucson AZ
Safari Hat
I bought two of these because costumers are never quite sure whether they want white or straw colored until you get into the show. Either way, it fits nicely, and is quite sufficiently durable for the application to which it will be put about three dozen times, or more.
Aug 10, 2013
Oakland Ca
Safari Helmet
I bought two of these because costumers are never quite sure whether they want white or straw colored until you get into the show. Either way, it fits nicely, and is quite sufficiently durable for the application to which it will be put about three dozen times, or more.
Aug 10, 2013
Oakland Ca
VERY white
The hat is great, but the photo makes it look kind of an off-white or eggshell or cream or something. This hat is WHITE WHITE. Bought the other one (Straw Safari Helmet - Khaki) and will be returning the white one. The Khaki one is not as dark as it's photo but not as light as the white one's photo. Just fair notice to anyone ordering this hoping for a "natural" color or off-white.
Mar 25, 2013
Annapolis MD
White safari helmet
Love my new hat, my dermatolagest likes it too!!!
Aug 24, 2012
Roger Martens
Flippin Ar
Straw Safari Helmet
Great hat, exactly as advertised, arrived promptly, fairly priced.
Jun 8, 2012
Straw Safari Helmet - White [003219]
I should have bought a hat like this a long time ago......then I would not have needed ear-skin surgery, My transaction via the internet was executed as we agreed. I recommend this company
Mar 10, 2012
Gerrit (Gerry)...
Venice Fl


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