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Air Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - Click for the bigger picture

Air Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch

Oldham & Son Ltd. Denton Manchester were established in 1865 and by 1887 began to manufacture machinery and equipment for coal mining, which included battery-powered miners' lamps. It appears this Air Ministry head lamp may have evolved from Oldham’s earlier work on mining lamps. The metal battery box is marked with the company name and further embossed ‘ Battery Container Ref 5A/1968’ with a Kings Crown and A.M. The box has a belt clip and hanging hook to the rear and is switched. This is connected to the head lamp via a cable and the lamp carries an elasticated strap (now somewhat stretched) to enable it to be attached to the head (or helmet) to leave both hands free for more important work. The strap is stamped Ref 5A/1969 and again AM and a Kings Crown. These units would have been issued on RAF stations in WW11 and would have been used by a variety of aircraftsmen including mechanics, armourers or anyone working at night who needed to keep his (or her) hands free. We have assumed these units were for ground crew use only although it seems possible they may have also been used by aircrew. In remarkably good issued condition although we have no idea if it still functions so like all the kit on offer is offered for sale for display purposes only