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Helmet - Aviator, 1930-1939 (Incomplete) Object Reg. No: SH 891054

Summary:
Unfinished aviator's helmet, dark brown leather, dated to the 1930s. Found above old lift well upstairs in Simpson's Glove Factory, Richmond, in 1989.

Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd was established in Victoria St, Richmond, in 1924. It manuufactured leather gloves, coats, handbags, helmets and associated leather goods in response to market demands, largely for an up-market clientele. The company first operated in Smith Street, and subsequently Alexandra Parade, Collingwood, relocating to Victoria Street, Richmond in 1928, where it remained until it was sold in 1988. The large proportion of its employees were women.

Museum Victoria's Simpson's Glove Collection covers all aspects involved in the process of manufacturing, from design and cutting to the machine work and the sales and marketing of the finished products. The collection documents many industrial and social issues.
Description:
Unfinished aviator's helmet. Consists of several pieces of dark brown leather, stitched to closely follow shape of crown, extending to front flap on either side. Opening around face is unhemmed.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Alistair Mitchell, 1989
Acknowledgement:
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: aviation, glovemaking, leatherworking, trades, working life, protective clothing safety wear
Themes this item is part of: Simpson's Gloves Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Amos Griffiths Simpson, Glove Manufacturer (1878-1953), Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, 1924-1988, Production Processes at Simpson's Gloves Factory, Working Life at Simpson's Gloves Factory, Workers at Simpson's Gloves Factory
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Clothing Accessories
Tertiary Classification: sample products
Manufacturer (Probable): Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, Richmond North, Victoria, Australia, 1930-1939

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