An original Second World War RAF C-Type Flying Helmet in good condition.
This example is a second pattern C-type flying helmet which came into service in 1943 replacing the earlier pattern and staying in service in this form until after the war. The main differences with the second pattern include an elasticated chin strap and internal wiring as per this example.
The helmet is an extremely clean example overall and only has very limited signs of wear. The leather outer is in fine shape. It is still supple and pliable only having a couple of very small scuffs present. All the pop studs are and goggle straps are present and in excellent condition. The pop studs themselves still retain all their factory paint save one which appears to have had the letter 'C' carved into it. There is a little wear around the microphone jacket hole but this is only noticeable on very close inspection.
The Rubber headphone receiver cups are in excellent shape as is the original elasticated chin strap which is still the deep blue colour it was when it came out of the factory.
The interior of the helmet retains its original size stamp which are often missing on more worn examples. It states the size as No.3 7 1/8 to 7 1/2. The rest of the interior is very clean as can be seen in the photographs.
Altogether a very clean example of a C Type helmet which displays well. This would make an excellent addition to any RAF display or collection.