I saw this and was going to flag it up too. I'm sure someone here has had one on the forum, but otherwise, I've not seen anything like it either. Bizarre!! It looks like it would take 'C Type' earphones..?
....discerning markings, but it has C Type tendencies, but only the ear cup holders and the inside doughnuts. I guess we can rule out the tanker, glider and paratrooper helmet, as they would have a hard shell. Now I'm stuck. It's leather, possibly holding C Type receivers within the tied/hooked cotton/linen/canvas apparatus....Hmmm. Again, post WWII? Ack Ack Gunner headset? Observer of some sort? Open Air cockpit Flighter? RAC? Looks like we'll need to ask Mr. Prodger, unless one of our contributors can shed some light on this one!
What.(RAF) headphones would fit in those?
Doesn't sound very C-type to me.
Very weird, impractical (and improbable) setup...
I haven't a clue who could've or would've used it.
To me it has a bit of a US feel to it. What makes it RAF other than the seller saying so? Does it have RAF markings?
Its not so much an RAF look, but the earcups looked a bit C Type-ish (I didnt read the threaded metal bit - even more weird!). Definately has the American look with that chincup, not really a feature on Brit headgear. I dont really see the need for the canvas straps unless it was meant to tie the whole thing tighter to the head?
Looking at photo 7 there appears to be a civvy type label with 'LAR' on it, is that a clue to someone? Outside that I can only think its some type of civilian item, or a trial or prototype.
Emailed Mick this morning regarding this piece, and here's an excerpt from his email back to me......
"Regarding the helmet on Ebay - no idea why the seller has it listed as RAF. Obviously it isn't RAF, nor is it British. I have seen several of these helmets over the past few years and the construction and labeling suggests US manufacture - beyond that I really have no idea. I am not even convinced it's a flying helmet because of the lack of reference and because the ear cups are metal and very, very heavy - and it's a very difficult helmet to put on and take off (in an emergency). This is a helmet that you put on and leave on until you are done! Perhaps for wearing underneath a diver's hard hat? Again, I would think there would be some reference."
In any event, I imagine most will steer clear of this one. I like Ben's "Designer" take! Maybe it's a Ralph Lauren "Wired for Sound" Polo Helmet worn by Prince Charles during a match!
I remember seeing something similar to this in a 30's movie.
It was about speed boat racing. In the movie they had two man crews which need a helmet and microphone to communicate with each other because of engine noise. I don't remember the name of the movie. By the way it was American.