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RFC/RAF Mk1 Leather Flying Helmet

A superb early RFC/RAF Mk1 Flying Helmet with extended neck flap.

This is the first pattern of flying helmet to be given an official ministry designation.
The Mk1, 22C/12 was first introduced in 1917 and later, in April 1918, it became the first flying helmet to be used by the newly formed Royal Air Force.

Constructed of brown chrome leather, with a flannel fabric inner crown, and black fur lining to the peak and lower section.

Marked 'made in England' brass press studs hold back the front peak and side ear flaps.
Leather cylindrical pads in front of either ear flap act as a wind deflector.

An extended leather and fur lined rear flap helps to protect the pilots neck.
A thick leather chin strap is fastened by a large leather covered buckle.

This example has lovely supple leather and with almost all of it's 'clean' fur lining intact (some slight fur loss on a couple of edges).
The inner fabric crown is nice and clean and it still retains it's paper size label.

A surprisingly "Very Large Size" for this time period of, 7 3/8 (60 cms).

An excellent example of an early flying helmet in superb condition.