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RFC / RAF flying helmet c.1918

RFC / RAF flying helmet c.1918

Code: H25226

£500.00
 

Soft light tan leather flying cap with fur-trimmed 'fold-down' edges.  Lined with chamois.  Secured under the chin or over the head with a leather strap and leather covered single pronged buckle.  This appears to be a variant of the official fur-lined flying cap, which was manufactured by 'Adastra', and supplied by George H. Leavey & Co. Ltd.  Size 73/8.  The leather is in lovely supple condition as is the lining. The trim is generally good but there is some loss and loose fur, notably to the front centre.  It might be possible to 'harvest' some of the loose fur and use it to cover the worn parts but we'll leave that decision to the new owner.  With 1918 dated manufacturer's label and official 'RAF' ink stamp.  Also named to a previous owner.  I would assume this helmet to have been manufactured for RFC use but overstamped when the RAF was formed.  A rare and unusual early flying helmet.  Stock code H25226.