Original British RAF Battle of Britain 1939 Dated and Named Type B Flying Helmet by Wareing with MK IVB Goggles
Original Item. Only One Available: Brown leather helmet made of seven vertical panels. Helmet has a rectangular horizontal panel across the forehead and has two zipped leather oval housings to the ears and leather chinstrap. Both zippers function perfectly. The chinstrap is sewn to the right side & secured by to a metal friction type Bennett buckle that is sewn to the left. The helmet has a vertical opening to the neck, 4½ inches deep, fitted with a horizontal adjustable leather strap that ensured a smug fit and facilitated ease of removal of the helmet. This strap is attached to the rear of the right ear cup, runs through another short steel buckled vertical leather strap that is sewn to the right of the opening slit, and into another friction type Bennett buckle that is sewn behind the left ear cup. The helmet is lined with buff-colored chamois. The inside of the oval earcups are padded for comfort. The crown of the helmet has the original maker label at reads:
ST. JAMES' ST
6 7/8 - 7
Furthermore the helmet is named to L.W. ROGERS with serial number R-74425.
Also included are a pair of good condition MK IV series (specifically MK IVB) goggles. Manufactured with a black painted pressed brass frame incorporating hinged lens holders. With this pattern the lenses fit directly into the goggle frames without the need for sub-frames around them. The goggle frame is in very good condition. The leather nose-piece and chamois backing are both in great condition but the rubber face pads have hardened with age (very typical). All strap components are very good and present, the leather closure strap has clear Air Ministry markings that reads: A M (Air Ministry) MARK IVB 22c/167. The clear lenses are very nice. This set of goggle does not have the anti-glare screen, commonly known as the flip shield.
Overall a fantastic 1939 dated Battle of Britain Royal Air Force Flying helmet and goggle set!
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