Aeronautical Headgear British
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Private Purchase Flying Helmet by John Barker & Co Ltd of Kensington
An original period flying or motoring helmet that could date from WWI or possibly from the 1920's. Constructed in soft tan leather it remains in remarkably good condition with minor staining that adds to its vintage patina. The helmet has cut outs for the ears with wind deflection pads in front reminiscent of the design used during WWI by RFC aviators. The brow of the helmet comes to a slight point in the middle, characteristic of other Barker helmets that we have seen.
Inside is blanket lined again in generally good condition but a little wear as you would expect in a helmet of this age. To the crown is a woven label confirming this was made for and retailed by John Barker and Co Ltd of Kensington, London W. John Barkers & Co Ltd was a department store located on Kensington High Street and established in partnership between John Barker and James Whitehead, who later became later Lord Mayor of London, in 1870. The business It was subsequently sold to the House of Fraser in 1957. The chin strap and buckle remain sound. Whilst no size is marked it is a good size and we would guess equates to an RAF size 3 or 4 helmet and would fit a head of about 60 cm or 7.5". This would be the perfect for your classic car or aircraft or the accessory of choice for all those vintage events you will be attending this summer!