Japanese Army Air Force Winter Flying Helmet
A good issued example of a pattern which is normally associated with bomber aircrew. The helmet is fished in dark brown leather with the Army ‘star’ motif stitched to the brow, which is complete and in good condition. The leather is generally good but is a little hard with minor cracks in places to the finish. Pressed hardened leather ear cups are fitted and on the inside both are fully stamped with the two kanji (Chinese characters) indicating a 'honshou' stamp which is official approval stamp that certify the helmet is the product of the army factory. The other character confirms the helmet was manufactured in the period 'Shouwa 15', which translates to the year 1940, so this is a pre Pearl Harbour example. The two press studs to fastened goggle straps are in place and working as is an adjustable leather strap at the rear of the helmet. The metal rings show normal age wear. Below the chin strap rings is the Chinese character 'CHU' which translated means the helmet is medium size. Inside the helmet carries a synthetic fur lining which shows some age wear. Whilst this helmet is not mint and it has clearly seen service but is still a very decent untouched display example of an increasingly rare WW11 pattern. Many thanks to my good friend Mr Yasu Kikuchi for invaluable help in identifying accurately this item!