PRUSSIA – LEATHER FLYING HELMET – AVIATION.
This is a WW I German aviator’s soft, leather, flying helmet. During the war, the Germans used two basic types of flying helmets. The first and earliest was a hard, leather-shell design similar to a motorcycle helmet. The second was a soft, leather, flying helmet. No standard design had been mandated for the latter, and most were-privately purchased from a number of sources.
Our offering today is made of dark-brown, very supple leather. It sports ear flaps that can be opened by way of a snap. A loop is attached at the very top by which it could be hung in or out of the airplane. The interior is made of light brown felt. If you look closely, you can see light areas of wear – what I refer to as “honest age.” The overall condition of this helmet is exceptional.