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319 Framed Photograph of WW1 Aviator - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Framed Photograph of WW1 Aviator - Sadly we don't know who this good looking chap was as no clues inside or outside the frame. He was described when purchased as 'A German Aviator of WW 1'. His black leather flying coat does not conform to the RFC standard pattern and other than his goggles we do not have much else to go on. So we will simply describe as above with name, location and date unknown. The photograph is mounted in a glazed frame, which shows some age related wear and on the reverse provision for desk or wall mounting. Frame measures 9 1/2 x7 1/2" (24 cm x 19 cm) £12.00
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5314 Luftwaffe Crash recovered relics from Walton Wood,Norfolk - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Luftwaffe Crash recovered relics from Walton Wood,Norfolk - This small grouping came from a UK collector and we are told were recovered from Walton Wood, near East Walton in Norfolk. On line research confirms Dornier E-4 Wnr.4267 coded U5+CK operating with KG2 was shot down on 23rd August 1942 by Beaufighter X7944 piloted by Flying Officer Hugh Wyrill so would seem to indicate these relics relate to this aircraft.

Clearly the top item is the Dreieckrechner flight computer which is a period DR2 model manufactured by Dennert & Pape of Hamburg. It is clearly dated with a November 1940 manufacturing date as well as a Luftwaffe Fl number 23825. It is in better than relic condition but the disc is slightly bowed and distorted and has minor heat damage to the Perspex slides, so has most certainly been in a crash. The reverse side is in equally sound display condition.

Alongside this is a black elbow joint that looks like an oxygen or air tube connected onto the ribbed end. It has clearly been ground recovered with traces of mud and rust on the severed joint. The piece of alloy skin measures 10” long (26cm) and still carries a good deal of the dark olive drab paint; some corrosion as you would expect but no ID marks to give a clue to its origins and we have no idea where it came from on the airframe. The final item is a bit of yellow cloth strap with a friction buckle. The webbing is severed and the stitching torn; it looks like the buckle part has been sewn back on using black thread. This is the piece I am least convinced by and it may not be associated with the crash but was picked up in the same area but we can’t say for certain it’s origins. It could I suppose be a Mae West strap or another unidentified strap used in the aircraft(flare holder perhaps) but that is pure speculation.

These items, mounted on a board and framed with relating story of crash would look quite impressive, in a similar way to the parachute flare cartridge diorama we have also listed today. As with all our stock more detailed photographs of the individual items are available on request.

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6796 HMS Devonshire Ships Badge - Click for the bigger picture New Stock HMS Devonshire Ships Badge - No less than eight ships of the Royal Navy have carried the name HMS Devonshire, the first a 3rd rate sailing vessel of 80 guns that was launched in 1710 and the most recent a Destroyer that served from 1962 until 1978. She was then offered for sale to Egypt but the deal never went through and she finally met her end as a target during testing of the Sea Eagle cruise missile in the English channel in 1984. This badge is likely to relate to the final ship of the line mentioned above.

Of standard form, this example is made from cast alloy with a gold painted rope surround and surmounted by a Royal Naval crown and the ships name below. The crest itself features a red painted rampant lion set against a silver background. The paintwork remains strong with minor age related wear. The back carries a brass hanging device for wall display. Measures 7” diameter (18cm) excluding crown.
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1719a Early glass fishing float embossed 'P.C.F' - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Early glass fishing float embossed 'P.C.F' - On offer is a very attractive and original glass fishing float in near perfect condition. Whilst we can’t pretend these floats are our specialist subject online research indicates this example could be of either Norwegian or German origin. One source indicates the initials represent Peter Christian Falchenberg who was born in 1854 in Kragerø, Norway. In 1876 he established a chandlery in the Norwegian city of Grimstad but in 1898 it relocated to Oslo. The company's business involved supplying ropes and cables for marine use as well as special fishing products including glass floats.

Another website advises '+P.C.F+' marked floats are of German origin, and made by a company called Heye Glass. The rationale for this surmise is the "+P.C.F+" marked glass floats feature the same manufacturing detail, thickness and colour as the Heye produced clover marked floats;whist we prefer the first theory we leave it to our visitors to decide which is correct! Whatever its origins this float is manufactured in a dark green glass and appears to be blown from a single piece. The PCF logo is crisp and well defined, with + marks above and below. The float measures about, 4.5” diameter (11.5 cm)

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5555 WW11 German Parachute Flare Diorama - Click for the bigger picture New Stock WW11 German Parachute Flare Diorama - An ex Museum display item that has been professionally mounted in a 3D glazed display case. A label mounted within the frame states ‘A German parachute flare, dated 1940 with expiry date of September 1944, complete with integral parachute, as found to West of Carentan in area of Operation ‘’Cobra’’,the breakout from coastal landing area of US forces after D-Day’. Operation Cobra is well documented when Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 was forced to retreat from St -Mère-Eglise, St.-Côme-du-Mont, and the key city of Carentan by American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, who had come ashore at Utah Beach on D Day.

The display includes two flare pistol cartridges, both inert, and still retaining signs of mud from when they were recovered ; one shows battle damage and the other is intact. The mud hides most of the data on the damaged cartridge case but the other features wording and whilst not entirely clear seems to start ‘Fallschirm’ which is German for parachute and also ‘Orion’ which could indicate this was a star flare. A lightweight silk parachute with rigging lines is also mounted beside the flares to complete the display. The flare cartridges measure 5 1/2” or 13.5 cm long. Whilst we have had numerous German flare cartridges over the years this is the first example of this type we have had and to retain the delicate parachute is exceptional. Clearly we can’t support the stated provenance but if correct, as seems likely, this is an emotive souvenir of The D-Day landings in this 75th Anniversary year.

Diorama frame measures 11 ¾” x 6 ¾” (30cm x 17cm). Despite being completely inert we prefer to offer this item for sale to UK based customers.

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