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Stock No. 5650
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Air Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - Click for the bigger picture

Air Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch

This is the second example of an RAF issue head torch we are listing today. This one comes complete with its original issue storage case which is named on the hinge to the original owner W.T.Dafle but judging by the condition it appears to be virtually unused. 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. Unlike the other example this one is also marked CW.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. The wire has minor wear to one section of insulation caused by long storage in the box. The transit case carries an elasticated strap to enable the lamp 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. Other than minor rust to metal clips it is close to mint and probably never used. The lamp fitting on this example is to a different pattern to the other and is finished in chrome. 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. We have never seen a boxed example of this lamp before and is an interesting variant on the other example listed today we have no idea if it still functions so like all the kit on offer is offered for sale for display purposes only