'Helmet, Cork, Aviation'. Stores reference 22c/13. Issued to aircrews based East of Malta. First issued in the 1920s and remaining in service until superseded by the cotton drill D-type flying helmet in 1941. Manufactured from lightweight cork in the form of a pith helmet covered in light khaki coloured cotton drill. These are fitted with earflaps in the same material, backed with chamois leather to which a chinstrap with pronged buckle closure is attached. The earflaps are fitted with pockets to take Gosport fittings or receivers. Also has a concealed goggle strap at the rear. The overall shape of this helmet is excellent and the fabric is very clean. The inner leather band, earflaps and chinstrap are absent but their removal has been well executed leaving little sign they were ever in place. Excellent goggle strap. Manufactured with an unusual green felt lining that remains in excellent condition. This rare helmet appears to have seen light use and is an excellent display piece. Would be twice the price in complete condition. Stock code H26487.