This Warren Safety Helmet is an extremely rare piece of aviation history. It was produced by Tautz & Co. For Christy's of London.Warren who developed a series of these safety helmets from about 1912 onward. This helmet, however, has a War Department stamp, which indicates that it was issued by the WD to aviators, probably RAF pilots. I have sent pictures of this helmet to all sorts of organisations and specialists and they all have commented that they have never seen one with a WD stamp. The helmet is covered with Gutta Percha and the padding appears to be very old foam rubber. The helmet also has a label that states it is a second patent- which some experts believe would explain the difference in material.
Warren Safety helmets are generally dated around 1912, however, because of the WD stamp and the 2nd patent label, a couple of the experts consulted suggest that it might be a slightly later helmet, issued during WW1 to trainee pilots. This helmet seems to be unique and an important part of aviation and military history.
This could be your only chance to add one to your collection. Please get in touch if you want to see any more pictures or have any questions.
The item "Rare WW1 Warren Safety Helmet, second patent, early flying helmet with WD stamp" is in sale since Thursday, March 19, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\World War I (1914-1918)\Helmets/ Hats". The seller is "auntybettysattic" and is located in Glasgow. This item can be shipped worldwide.