Original 1930s Flying Helmet by 'D. Lewis' with Gosports - Tyke

Original 1930s Flying Helmet by 'D. Lewis' with Gosports - Tyke

Code: 52984

£180.00 Approx $206.19, €206.42
 

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 leather chin strap is also present and fastens with a nickel plated buckle with a single prong. To the rear is a single goggle strap which fastens with a press stud. 

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. A name has been added to the bottom of the label and a second name has been applied directly to the chamois lining and reads 'Tyke'. 

The helmet comes complete with a set of Gosport Tubes which appear to be original to it. Gosport Tubes were standard for communication during the inter-war period.

The helmet will fit around a 7 size head and fits a display head well. The overall condition of the helmet is very good with some limited signs of age and wear. Please study the pictures before purchasing. 

A nice example with a great label and original Gosport Tubes. This would make an excellent addition to any aviation collection!