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RAF B-type flying helmet c/w goggle plates

RAF B-type flying helmet c/w goggle plates

Code: H16176

SOLD

Stores reference 22c/65.  Size 2 (67/8 - 7).  The leather is in excellent overall condition, supple, clean and damage free.  All straps are very good, the chinstrap complete with metal end piece and an excellent Bennett buckle.  The rear Bennett buckle has minor loss of leather as shown.  The Air Ministry embossed zipped earpieces are very good with free running brass zips, both sliders retaining their original leather puller tags. Inside the earpieces both of the rubber receiver carriers are in excellent flexible condition. The chamois lining is quite clean, damage free and complete with Air Ministry size label sewn in at the crown.  What makes this helmet more interesting is the addition of black painted brass helmet plates above and below each earpiece.  These are rivetted/sewn into position and enabled the use of the Mk.IVA flying goggle, the large looped cords being attached to these plates enabling the goggles to be easily raised or lowered.  As shown, even the rare small press stud 'guides' are present.  Whilst the plates were officially intended for the MK.IVA goggle, it would appear that in practice, they were also used for the MK.IV & IVB.  There is some paint loss but condition is generally very good.  The helmet is sold unwired and without sponge rubber cushions.  A lovely rarer variant of this helmet.   Stock code H16176.