A lovely original Battle of Britain period RAF B-type flying helmet in very good condition which dates from 1940.
The B-type flying helmet came into issue with the RAF prior to the Second World War and became synonymous with the Battle of Britain. This iconic flying helmet features two zipped ear pieces which house the receivers. Both these retain their original zips which both function well. Inside each ear piece are original sponge donuts which give the ear pieces their distinctive shape whilst protecting the receivers. Both ear pieces also bear the AM mark and stores reference code stamped directly onto the leather as illustrated in picture 9.
This helmet also features a leather chin strap which is fastened with a 'Bennetts' buckle. There is another strap at the rear which features the same style of buckle and a pair of brass pop studs which are designed to take the D-type oxygen mask are located to each cheek. The original brown paint is still visible in places and they will both function fine when used with a mask.
Inside the helmet the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the size of 1 below which is the Air Ministry AM and crown marking along with the RAF store code of 22C/65. The maker's name of 'Frank Bryan Ltd' is present as is the 1940 date. Bizarrely, whilst marked as a size 1 it is much larger and will fit a 2 or a 3 fine! There is also the Air Inspection Department stamp and the original owner has marked his name in ink to the interior which may offer the prospect of further research.
The overall condition of the helmet is fantastic as can be seen in the pictures. The outer leather shell is in extremely good condition with a fantastic patina. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a pre-owned item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
All in all, a lovely original B-type flying helmet in fantastic condition that displays beautifully. This would compliment any RAF collection without a doubt.