'Eaglet ' Flying helmet by D.Buegeleisen
Strauss & Buegeleisen was founded in 1910 by Elias Buegeleisen of New York, and manufactured aviators goggles under the ‘Resistal’ name. Brothers Joseph and David Buegeleisen joined the company, with Joseph heading up sales in the Detroit area and David was the West Coast representative. Both brothers subsequently left the business with David Buegeleisen producing helmets under the ‘Eaglet’ brand, based in San Francisco.. These were marketed to the aviation and motorcycle markets. This example is in fine original condition with the four segment shell made from glove soft brown leather to a cut similar to that used by the USN in the 1930’s. The rear carries two goggle snaps both clearly marked ‘The Eaglet Helmet’ with the snaps supplied by United Carr. The chin strap is in good shape as is the large chromed buckle. Inside the lining is a little grubby but with no damage, commensurate with a a helmet that has seen service and is now over 80 years old. The ear section of the lining carries extra padding for additional comfort. No size is marked but we estimate this to be medium/large and would equate to an RAF size 3+. Mick Prodger illustrates an ‘Eaglet’ helmet on page 187 of his excellent ‘Vintage Flying Helmets’ as well as an unnamed example of similar design used by a Braniff airline Pilot in the 1930’s. This fine helmet would sit happily in a flying helmet collection although we see no reason why it could not be used for vintage flying or by the classic car fraternity. More detailed photographs available on request.