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3152 RAF War Service Dress named to Sgt Anholm - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF War Service Dress named to Sgt Anholm - Here we list here a matched RAF Battledress blouse and trousers named to the same Sergeant. Sadly we have no history on him other than he clearly served in WW11 but without clues like his initials or service number tracking him down could prove a bridge too far. Both the blouse and trousers have good clear labels with the blouse made by Montague Burton Leeds in 1945 whilst the trousers are by John Hammond & Co (1922) Ltd and are dated 1944 and over stamped June 1944. The blouse carries standard rectangular RAF Other Ranks shoulder titles. Below is clear evidence where Sgt Anholm’s stripes have been removed as is often the case when uniforms are sold on by the family. It would be nice to have the blouse rebadged but we will leave this to the new owner. The condition of the cloth is way above the average for an original wartime set with just a couple of very small moth nibbles to the back panel but on display these are virtually invisible. All buttons and buckles are present and correct.

The matching trousers are like the tunic, very clean and fresh and despite being made 75 years ago just a couple of moth nibbles that on display do not really detract. The field dressing pocket is of the later button closed type as opposed to the early War flap version. Clearly Sgt Anholm was not a large man with the tunic being as size 2 (Height 5’ 2”-5’ 4”, Breast 34”-35” and Waist 31”). The trousers are a size 1 to fit a Waist 29” and Leg 28½”. So despite its modest size this matched set could form the ideal basis of an RAF Flight Sergeant mannequin or just as a display item in your collection. As with all our stock more detailed photographs are available on request. Genuine matched and named wartime RAF Battledress are becoming increasingly hard to find so grab this opportunity, on offer at a competitive price, whilst you can!

£195.00
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6659 USAAF A-3 Parachute Harness - Click for the bigger picture New Stock USAAF A-3 Parachute Harness - Or to use its full title ‘Group 2 (Yellow) Parachute Assembly, Quick Attachable Chest, Type A-3 harness’. This pattern was developed in late 1943 and first saw operational service early in 1944. This example is a really first class replica and whilst used previously in the ownership of a re-enactor is remains in very clean original condition.

Stamped on one of the beige webbing straps, that also feature a central black fleck, is ‘Standard Parachute Corp ‘ and is dated May 1942 together with an AN acceptance stamp in a circle. The buckles and fittings are all made from cast alloy and the harness features the distinctive yellow felt coding to ensure aircrew selected the correct parachute pack from the stores. The A-3 carried the attachment hooks on the harness and the loops were on the pack but to confuse matters on the A-4 the reverse applied so the component parts were definitely not compatible! The set is completed by the correct olive drab pack pad that is nicely stamped ‘Back Pad part nos 42D2013 and ‘Date of manufacture May 1942’ and a further AN acceptance stamp. Originals of these are getting very hard to source now and this is reflected in their price. This replica provides a more economical alternative that will look good dressed on a mannequin or of course for the re-enactor looking for authenticity and it will only improve with usage.
£310.00
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2492 Private Purchase Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Private Purchase Flying Helmet - An original period flying or motoring helmet that probably dates from the 1920’s and was purchased by us from a retired Tiger Moth pilot who last used it in the 1980’s. Constructed in soft tan leather it remains in remarkably good condition with no issues to report and just the odd mark or stain that adds to the vintage patination. The helmet has triangular cut outs for the ears with wind deflection scoops mounted in a rear facing position. The brow of the helmet carries a small peak.

Inside is lined in tan cloth and is again in excellent original condition. It carries no makers label so we are unable to ascertain who made this one but it is typical of private purchase flying or motoring helmets of the early post war period and used into the 1930's. The chin strap and buckle remain sound. Whilst no size is marked it is a decent size and we would guess equates to an RAF size 3 or 4 helmet and would fit a head of about 60 cm or 7 ½”. Like the other helmet we have listed today this too would be the perfect accessory for your classic car or aircraft or the finishing touch for all those vintage events you will be attending this summer!

£90.00
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5109 Private Purchase Flying Helmet by John Barker & Co Ltd of Kensington - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Private Purchase Flying Helmet by John Barker & Co Ltd of Kensington - An original period flying or motoring helmet that could date from WW1 or possibly from the 1920’s. Constructed in soft tan leather it remains in remarkably good condition with minor staining that adds to its vintage patina. The helmet has cut outs for the ears with wind deflection pads in front reminiscent of the design used during WW1 by RFC aviators. The brow of the helmet comes to a slight point in the middle, characteristic of other Barker helmets that we have seen.

Inside is blanket lined again in generally good condition but a little wear as you would expect in a helmet of this age. To the crown is a woven label confirming this was made for and retailed by John Barker and Co Ltd of Kensington, London W. John Barkers & Co Ltd was a department store located on Kensington High Street and established in partnership between John Barker and James Whitehead, who later became later Lord Mayor of London, in 1870. The business It was subsequently sold to the House of Fraser in 1957. The chin strap and buckle remain sound. Whilst no size is marked it is a good size and we would guess equates to an RAF size 3 or 4 helmet and would fit a head of about 60 cm or 7 ½”. This would be the perfect for your classic car or aircraft or the accessory of choice for all those vintage events you will be attending this summer!

£90.00
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6277 Private Purchase Goggle Mask Flying - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Private Purchase Goggle Mask Flying - A very fine example of the private purchase pattern of similar design to the RFC Mk1 and Mk11 Ministry issue mask goggles, a set of which we have also listed today. These invariably do not carry any identifying marks so we are unable in this instance to say when or by whom they were made but interestingly an identical set is illustrated on page 136, bottom right middle photograph, of Mick Prodger’s excellent reference book ‘Vintage Flying Helmets’.

This set are in apparently unissued condition with the leather of the mask soft and supple with all the original brown finish in place. They feature tear drop frames in aluminium with hinged outer sections to facilitate lens changes. Clear lenses are fitted and are well above the average with just minor fogging to the edges. The interior is blanket lined with synthetic fur trip around the lens frames. The original cloth back strap is fitted with just minor rust to the metal adjuster slides. A very crisp example that would be impossible to improve upon and could date from WW1 through until the 1930’s.

Whist not quite a desirable as the Mk1 or 11 issue versions still a very good set and at a significantly keener price!

£148.00
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6793 RAF Other Ranks Field Service Forage Cap - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Other Ranks Field Service Forage Cap - A very clean example and whilst not dated almost certainly originating from WW11. The cloth fabric, which is coarser material than used on the Officers version, is in very clean fresh condition and with just one minuscule moth nibble as shown in our listing photograph. The cap carries the standard Other Ranks brass RAF badge surmounted by a Kings Crown fixed in position by the correct retaining pin. To the front are two RAF brass buttons, again with Kings Crown. Inside is equally clean although any maker or size detail this cap may have carried has been worn away. An above the average example that would sit happily in any collection.

£58.00
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6794 RAF Trench Art 20 mm Shell Case Trench Art Lighter - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Trench Art 20 mm Shell Case Trench Art Lighter - An attractive example mounted on a turned wood base with the case then fixed to a plinth that may have been made from scrap Paxolin or similar synthetic plastic material. The Hispano-Suiza 20 MM HS-404 equipped virtually every British fighter aircraft during WW2 including later marks of the Spitfire, Hurricane, Typhoon, Tempest, Mosquito, Whirlwind, Beaufighter, P38 Lightning and many more. After some early teething troubles it proved to be an extremely effective weapon in both air to air and ground strafing roles.

This example is in first class condition and the cannon shell itself retains its copper band. The shell case has been sectioned and the top part is removable which then reveals a lighter mechanism fitted inside; we have bought and sold several similar examples over the years. We have not attempted to get this working and we can no longer guarantee its original purpose although it does look complete and the flint wheel still creates a good spark. Despite being completely inert to avoid any issues with customs we are restricting the sale of this item to UK destinations only. Stands 8 ½” tall including the base (22 cm)

£48.00
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5396 Saucy Alloy Ashtray - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Saucy Alloy Ashtray - We believe these were cast from alloy recovered from shot down aircraft and sold post WW11, although without any makers marks this is hard to authenticate. The ashtray is double sided.; the front features a smaller gent wearing black striped trousers, bow tie and jacket walking beside a statuesque taller lady, with his hand behind her. From here mouth is a speech bubble ‘OH!’. When the ashtray is turned over the reason for the exclamation is clear and the ‘gentleman’ (could he be intended to represent our then Prime Minister ?) has his hand places where it is not supposed to be! Perhaps not entirely appropriate in our ‘Me Too’ society but it is of its time. Pictures of the reverse side available on request! Measures 5 ½” x 3 ½” (14 cm x 8.5 cm)

£18.00
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6561 Royal Flying Corps Mk 111 Aeroplane Dashboard Lighting Switchboard - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Royal Flying Corps Mk 111 Aeroplane Dashboard Lighting Switchboard - Here we have a scarce and desirable RFC aircraft cockpit panel switchboard in superb original condition and just awaiting a connoisseur owner! The Mk 111 Instrument lighting set was introduced in the latter part of WW1 and superseded the more basic Mk 1 and 11 versions which entered service from February 1915. The Mk 111 was fitted in a variety of RFC aircraft including the HP 400 bomber, the Bristol F2B, the Royal Aircraft Factory RE8 and the Sopwith Dolphin. The fascia plate is in very crisp condition and clearly indicates manufactured by A.P Lundberg & Sons, London. Andreas Peter Lundberg (1831- 1926), was born in Wermland, Sweden. He visited England in 1862 and subsequently became a naturalized British subject and remained here in the UK until his death. In 1882 he founded the firm of A. P. Lundberg and Sons who manufactured various types of quality lighting and associated switchboards, including this very fine example, that dates from circa 1916.

The panel features six brass switches that control (starting from the right) Accumulators No 1 & 2 (batteries), Miscellaneous, Rev counter, Aneroid (Altimeter), Compass and Airspeed indicator lighting. Below the bank of switches is the all-important RFC property mark of a War Department Broad Arrow and an ‘ A ’ above, designating the Air Branch, so no doubts this is a genuine RFC issue set. Below it is the designation ‘Mark 111 Aeroplane Dashboard Lighting’. The Mk1 board was introduced in 1915 and was followed by the Mk11 which comprised a lamp on a universal joint and a hood, fitted with a dimmer switch and was designed to illuminate the entire panel. The Mk111 instrument lighting set was rather more sophisticated and had the facility to light each designated instrument separately and the full set was made up of the accumulators, the switchboard and a six individual lamp holders, brackets and caps to be mounted as appropriate beside the respective instruments on the panel. Following the end of WW1 and with the formation of the fledgling RAF, the set was given the RAF stores reference number 5C/246.

The switch board features a metal fascia plate which is attached to a mahogany case attached by 6 original brass screws, whilst to the rear are two brass electrical terminals. The switches have a very crisp action; whilst for sale like all our stock as a collectable, if the inside proves as crisp as the out it may be possible, subject to the necessary checks, for this switchboard to be made airworthy again. So if you have an RE8 or a Sopwith Dolphin in the hanger this could be just the item you need! Whilst compact at 5.25” x 3.0” x 1.75” (13.5 cm x 7.5 cm x4.25 cm) it is beautifully formed and a really emotive piece. Many thanks to Alan Hulme for providing the excellent reference information which forms the basis of this description and we commend his specialist and invaluable guides, including his latest ‘Cockpit instruments of British Military Aeroplanes Vol 1. We have a full set here in the Oldnautibits HQ which prove invaluable in our research.

£500.00
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5303 'Conyne' Pattern Aerial Kite and Tube - Click for the bigger picture Reserved 'Conyne' Pattern Aerial Kite and Tube - Another aerial kit we are listing today but this one is proving a bit of a mystery! When purchased it was described as ‘for use in conjunction with the Airborne Lifeboat ‘. Research online does indicates in 1943 the Air Ministry refined the antenna raising system further; they were apparently happy with the ‘Gibson Girl’ transmitter but the box kite was superseded by a Conyne design which could be rocket launched with the aid of a Very pistol. Whilst our kite looks very similar in shape and design with a lightweight white cotton sail and aluminium struts, they differed from this example as the spars were engineered with a spring system to open the kite in the air after launch. Ours whilst initially similar has to be assembled by hand so we have discounted this possibility. The issue tube is clearly marked ‘Assembly and Operation of Hand Flying Kite and Aerial’ but the detailed instructions don’t really assist with a positive identification as no RAF or other stores reference numbers are shown. Interestingly the illustration (further detailed photographs are available on request) shows a gent in a sailors cap in apparently a wooden craft. We have discussed this conundrum with Mick Prodger and whilst only a guess he wondered if it could have been issued for use by Naval or Merchant Navy lifeboats WW11? To further confuse the situation I remember as a boy in the 1950’s being given a similarly designed kite by my Father who at the time was the C/O of the Air Section of a school cadet Force and my memory tells me it was ex RAF. It could always be an Airborne lifeboat kite as described to us but a standard launch example but let’s just say the jury is still out!

Suffice to say a rather scarcer pattern than the standard RAF box kite design, as per the mint example we have listed. The condition of this one is not perfect but despite the odd repair and minor damage and some staining to the cloth it remains in remarkably good display condition. The collapsible frame is made from aluminium whilst the front pole to which the aerial would have been attached is hardwood. Interestingly this is considerably longer than the storage tube ; it may be this is not original to the kite or it was packed separately or even perhaps the transit tube has been misplaced with another. So currently we have more questions than answers but if any visitors to the site can clarify the origins of this example we would be delighted to hear from them and we can add new information to this listing. The cardboard and metal storage tube measures 30.5” (77 cm) whilst the kite measured along the main spar is 51” (130 cm)

 
6743 RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite -

Manufactured by the Bendix Aviation Co. from 1941 and issued to both RAF and USAAF aircrew in WW11. Often referred to as ‘Aerial Kites’ as they were made to lift 260 feet of steel wire from the coil drum on the ‘Gibson Girl’ emergency transmitter. This was effectively copied from a 1941 captured Luftwaffe issue example which used a winged as opposed to the standard box kite design adopted by the British. The system went into mass production in the USA with an initial order placed for 11,600 sets which became standard issue for multi person dinghies for aircrew operating over sea. The full kit also included a balloon and hydrogen generator, as an alternate to the kite, when wind conditions prevented its use.

This example comes complete with its cotton issue bag which is close to mint, with just very light storage marks. It is fully stamped which makes mention of the original contents that would have included inflation tubes and a hydrogen generator. On offer here is just the kite but what makes it exceptional is the fact is appears mint and as issued. The cloth is neatly bound with cord ties as shown in our illustration and it is clear it has never been assembled. These kites featured a fold up aluminium frame that was designed to be ‘idiot proof’ and featured a ‘pop-out spider’ to facilitate assembly in a pitching dinghy. The kite had two different bridle attachment points, one for winds 7–20 miles per hour, the other for 15–40 miles per hour. In the folded state you can still read the reference to the 40 MPH attachment ring. Whilst we are happy to break the factory biding cord and assemble the kite on request, we prefer to leave it in its ‘mint and boxed' state which makes this example so unique. Many of these that have survived have been used post war for recreational purposes (self-included!) and we have had them with messages written on the cloth giving owners name and address and ‘Please return if found’! This is certainly not the case here, so if you wish to add a pristine example to you collection in a condition as it left the Bendix factory all those years ago, this is the one for you! Kite folded in storage bag measures 22" (56 cm)

£56.00
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6739 RAF K Dinghy Hand Paddles - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF K Dinghy Hand Paddles - Standard issue with the fighter pilot’s K type single seat dinghy in WW11. These were designated with stores reference number 27C/1906 and were constructed from rubber stretched over a simple metal frame.

The user would insert his hands and wrist between the paddle and the elastic retaining bands and use to propel the dinghy through the water. This pair is in issued condition with some staining to one paddle as shown. Both are stamped CQD 1096/3 1 and further stamps reading R.F.D.36;‘RFD’ indicating this set was made by ‘RFD', which represents the company founder Reginald Foster Dagnall, who established the business in 1920. Despite not being in pristine this set gives the impression they have been issued and used so would add a touch of authenticity in an appropriate display and are priced to reflect their current condition.

£15.00
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6301 RAF Type 48 Magnetic Microphone - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Type 48 Magnetic Microphone - A standard WW11 example of the type fitted to the E, E* and G pattern oxygen masks. It carries an embossed stores reference code 10A/12570 to the face plate as well as the microphone 'On' and 'Off' switch. The microphone is wired up with a wartime specification flecked short cord and a two pin female connector to plug into an internally wired RAF C, D or E pattern flying helmet. A near identical example is shown on page 46 top left of Mick Prodger's excellent Luftwaffe V RAF Flight clothing book. We discovered a small quantity of these in a forgotten warehouse and these appear to never have been issued. Other than a minor mark to the face plate it appears in near perfect condition. Interestingly the box in which this example was discovered has written outside ‘checked 30/6/44’ and below a further check date of 22/11/44. Like all our kit for sale as a collectable but we would not be surprised if this is not still in good working order -despite the passing of close to 75 years!

£26.00
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6071 R.N.A.S. Haldon Clock Presented to Lt F.C.Muir R.N.V.R. - Click for the bigger picture New Stock R.N.A.S. Haldon Clock Presented to Lt F.C.Muir R.N.V.R. - Here we have a very fine Art Deco Smith’s Electric Clock which was presented by his fellow Officers to the recipient on the occasion of his wedding in WW11. It carries a fine solid silver hallmarked plaque to the top indicating the maker was ‘RP’ who we believe to be Robert Pringle of London. It also carries a London assay mark and a date letter for 1937. The plaque is a finely engraved and reads:- ‘Presented to Lieut & Mrs F.C. Muir on the occasion of their marriage by 794 Squadron & Personnel of R.N.A.S Haldon 3rd January 1942.

We have been able to trace Lt Muir and as an Acting Sub Lieutenant he was serving with R.N.V.R. 794 Squadron in August 1940. The airfield, situated in Devon inland from Dawlish and Teignmouth, was initially used in WW11 by the RAF the Research Development Flight, from RAF Boscombe Down, engaged in developing balloon cable cutters and airfield rocket defences. The airfield was transferred to the Admiralty in August 1941 and the main role for RNAS Haldon was that of a relief landing ground and a refuelling stop for Air Towed Target aircraft. Detachments from RNAS Yeovilton frequented the station operating over the Lyme Bay live firing ranges. Aircraft types included Defiant, Skua, Swordfish, & Spitfire. On December 31st 1942 the station lost its commissioned name and it was reduced to Care & Maintenance status in May 1943. The Admiralty officially closed and paid off RNAS Haldon on February 17th 1946 and the Gilding School left for Exeter in June 1946 and was the last military flying unit to operate from the site.

The clock was clearly a quality piece in its day and was made by Smiths Electric Clocks Ltd of Cricklewood London. The hands are adjusted from the rear and it would have originally operated on a mains 200/250 volts connection. The mains cord is now absent and whilst subject to professional checks it may be possible to get functioning again it is for sale here purely as an historic art deco and R.N.A.S collectable from an often overlooked Devon air station of WW11.

£85.00
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OC452 Aircraft Piston Grip Display Stand - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Aircraft Piston Grip Display Stand - We had this original aircraft piston custom modified with a central alloy mount machined up and bolted to the top to provide a unique display stand for an aircraft control grip. The example shown, which is ex Harvard/Texan, is not included in the sale but is offered for sale below against item 3743 and comes complete with the appropriate control column, but is included here for display purposes only.

We are unsure of the actual engine the piston came from but inside it is marked ‘Lycoming’ and also stamped ‘Z243’ and ‘P1’. We have been advised it may have been taken from a Wright Cyclone engine, for whom Lycoming made the pistons, so if correct could have been used on types such as the RAF Boston, A20, the Mitchell and others. If any visitors to the site can provide a more definite ID we will add it to our description.

The diameter of the piston is 5.2” (13 cm).The grip support strut is 4.33" high (11 cm) and it’s diameter is 1.18” (3cm). We can't think of a better way to display an aircraft grip so grab it whilst you can as this is a one off item and when it is gone it is gone!

£85.00
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6639 Cook Mk1 Vintage Glider Compass by Cobb-Slater Instruments - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Cook Mk1 Vintage Glider Compass by Cobb-Slater Instruments - Another interesting and we believe scarce item that may appeal to the vintage gliding community. Manufactured by Cobb-Slater Instrument Company who were based in Matlock, Derbyshire, England, who made a variety of instruments between 1940 and 1960 for use in gliders and sailplanes. We have discovered various company advertisements from the period indicating they supplied amongst other things variometers, barographs, venturis and water Traps as well as the Cook Compass Mk1 as our example.

This compass, which sits in gimbals (the earlier version did not) and was designed to avoid the compass oil rotating in the instrument when the glider banking tightly in thermals so despite the strong movement the instrument would still give an accurate reading. Interestingly the ‘East’ and ‘West’ compass points on the dial are reversed so we assume when the when the dart shaped pointer is pointing West it indicates the true heading of the sailplane is actually West not East as you would expect; of course visa versa applies when pointing to East. The instrument is not dated but the data plate indicates serial nos 965 and a patent applied number of 20912. The body of the compass shows some wear to the paintwork but the compass needle correctly indicates North although we cannot guarantee its accuracy and like all our stock is for sale as a collectable only but it may be possible to make it airworthy again to soar in an appropriate vintage glider cockpit. Whilst a modest size at 2.25” from dial to base (5.5 cm) and 1.5” diameter across the dial (4cm) we have never seen another offered for sale so grab it whilst you have the opportunity as we are unlikely to find another!

£75.00
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OC451 Gosport Connector Tube - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Gosport Connector Tube - Another item that has just come in with a box of assorted aircraft instruments which we are currently listing. This is another first for us and believe it is a section of semi flexible metal tubing that would have facilitated instructor and pupil to communicate via their Gosport tubes, perhaps from a DH Tiger Moth? We surmise this as the chromed metal ends exactly fit the male ends of a Gosport tube and frankly we can’t think what other aviation use this item may have had. Of course if any visitors to the site can add any words of wisdom we will add these to this description. The black finished tube appears in excellent condition and remains semi flexible; the slightly flared chromed ends carry a little surface rust as shown but all in all it is basically sound. Tube measures 19.75” (50 cm) end to end. Tube diameter at each end is.75” (1.75 cm). £12.00
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6637 E.Vion Compass Type 112 - Click for the bigger picture New Stock E.Vion Compass Type 112 - This little French compass came in in a box of assorted instruments and whilst we have never had the type here before believe it would have been fitted to the instrument panel of light aircraft such as the Fournier RF4 and RF5 & Vivat SDM and no doubt others. The data plate on the case confirms it was manufactured in November 1963 and the guarantee ran out one year later!The serial number is 3856 and it was made by E.Vion of Paris. Interestingly the front of the compass appears to be mounted upside down when compared with the compass card but that is how it came to us. The bolts to locate the rear cover are missing as is the damping oil. So we are offering this modest sized compass as a project or for spare parts and as detailed above it went out of guarantee 55 years ago! Instrument front plate measures 2.4” (6 cm) £12.00
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3022 Barker's of Kensington Ships Clock - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Barker's of Kensington Ships Clock -

Barkers of Kensington was a department store in Kensington High Street, London. It was started by John Barker and James Whitehead, later Lord Mayor of London, in 1870. It was sold to House of Fraser in 1957 and was closed in 2006. This fine brass cases clock was clearly made for Barker’s and marketed by them, probably in the 1930’s.

It features a 7 day movement and the standard advance and retard lever mounted at the 12 O’clock position. The silvered dial is generally very good good with just the odd age related mark ; it is 6 1/2” diameter (16 cm) and it the timepiece is 3 ½” deep (9 cm) measured from the bulkhead mounting plate. It features a heavy cast brass bezel ring with black painted steel hour and minute hands with a smaller seconds subsidiary dial above. A label to the back of the case indicates it was last serviced in 2010 ; whilst we have not checked the movement it has been running perfectly in the time it has been with us but the new owner may wish to have it oiled and checked.

A fine quality clock from a famous London retailer that would be happy to either go back to sea or to make a real statement on your kitchen or bathroom wall! This would pair well with the Sestrel Marine Barometer stock number 3207 we currently have listed for sale in our 'Instrument and tools' marine section and if you might consider buying both we can offer a 10% discount from our list price quoted on the pair.

£195.00
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5041 WW11 Childs Kapok Flotation Device - Click for the bigger picture Reserved WW11 Childs Kapok Flotation Device - This is most certainly a first for us! Whilst clearly stamped to the front ‘Child’ looking at its diminutive size one almost feels ‘baby’ would have been a more accurate description! Below is stamped in ink ‘MT’ and a Kings Crown ; we believe this refers to the Ministry of Transport which was formed in 1941 when it merged with the Ministry of Shipping with responsibility for sea transport. A further stamp appears to read A.M, and is dated of August 22nd 1945 (although could be’49) and finally ‘Sunderland’. Whilst only speculation could this have been a vest taken on charge by the Air Ministry for use flying civilian passengers on Sunderland flying boats?Alternatively it could simply have originated from the port town of Sunderland. The back kapok pad carries the logo of a lifebelt and in the centre is marked ‘Reverse’.

The condition of the vest is what we would described in designer terms as ‘shabby chic’, with water stains and storage marks but is in generally good display condition. It remains a bit of an enigma but it almost certainly has a story to tell if only it could talk. If any visitors to the site can enlighten us a little more with it’s background please get in touch and we can add to our description. This would make a perfect stage or film prop and an ideal accessory if TV’s ‘Call the Midwife' ever need to take their young charges to sea!

 
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