L004782 "LKpN101" SUMMER FLIGHT HELMET. (Netzkopfhaube LKp N 101 mit FT-Gerät)

BACKGROUND: With the advent of military aircraft in WWI most of the early pilots soon discovered that appropriate protective headgear was a necessity due to the cold and the all too frequent occurrence of oil leaking into the slipstream and covering the pilot. Originally the German military was caught unprepared and no specific headgear or uniforms for pilots were available. This resulted in the pilots utilizing commercially produced motor car helmets. These tight fitting, soft leather helmets proved to be ideal and future flight helmets were basically modified versions of the early motor car helmets. The LKpN101 flight helmet came in two slightly different variations but retained the same designation for both patterns. The earlier pattern had a two point oxygen mask attachment while the later pattern was equipped with a three point oxygen mask attachment. Both of these patterns were predominately used by fighter pilots.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early pattern, brown cotton mesh net construction flight helmet with brown and tan leather fittings and bakelite communications equipment. The helmet features a fine cotton mesh net to the crown and back with three, internal, vertical, reinforcement strips of brown HBT cotton and an additional two exterior, horizontal, brown HBT cotton reinforcement strips. The helmet has tan leather covered earphone mounts with a grooved lip to the top edges to secure the goggle straps in place. The reverse of the earphone mounts each have an external, vertical, brown leather strap with a single snap closure, also for securing the goggle straps. The reverse nape of the neck of the helmet has two horizontal fabric covered springs for a secure fit. The reverse center of the helmet has a vertical leather attachment for the larynx microphone and electrical cord with a break coupling plug. The "Mi 4c" larynx microphone, features dual, horizontal, leather, fit adjustment straps with dual pronged sheet metal buckles and two bakelite microphones with single snap closure retaining straps are all intact. The short, black rubberized plug in electrical cord terminates in a molded bakelite, four pronged, break coupling, plug which is also intact. The forward edges of the leather earphone mounts each have three vertically aligned inset sheet metal grommets. The grommets were designed to accepted a single, screw in, stud to each side for fastening the oxygen mask with the remaining two grommets available for fit adjustment. The central grommets to each side have a screwed in stud. The interior of the helmet is lined at the forehead, the top central seam and the nape of the neck in light tan chamois and the earphone mounts are lined in white fleece. The earphone mounts both have the internal clear plastic protective covers intact. Complete label. Maker marked to "bxo", size marked "58". Nice complete example.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $495.00

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