An original brown leather flying helmet made by 'D. Lewis' and dating from the 1930s.
This style of helmet was extremely popular with the RAF as well as with civilian flyers during the inter-war period. 'D Lewis' (better known post-war as Lewis Leathers) were a prolific manufacturer of this style of helmet and were often the brand of choice.
The helmet features a brown chromed leather exterior and chamois lining to the interior. It features ear flaps which fasten with press studs and are designed to house the receiver sections of the Gosport Tubes. A small tab and buckle are located to the rear of the helmet and is used to hold goggle straps in place. A leather chin strap is also present and features a nickel plated buckle with a single prong fastens the strap.
Inside the helmet the original label is present and bears the classic 'D. Lewis' Ltd logo as well as the address of 124 Great Portland Street. There is also a size label which bears the number 7.
The helmet comes complete with a set of Gosport Tubes of the same period.
The overall condition of the helmet is good and it displays well. There are some signs of age and wear and limited damage to the chamois lining which has been reflected in the price.
A nice example with a great label and original Gosport Tubes. This would make an excellent addition to any aviation collection!
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