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5328 RAF Officers Visor Cap - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Officers Visor Cap - This is really crisp example and made by the quality makers Bates and embossed on the green felt lining is ' Bates of St Germans St, St James, London' and also marked below 'Light Weight'. It is also stamped in gold leaf with makers details on the leather hat band. It is not named to the original owner and looks as though it has had minimal, if any, service wear as overall condition is really excellent. The air force blue cloth all in really nice condition and no signs at all of the dreaded moth. It features an impressive Kings Crown cap badge with crisp brass eagle below and good leather chin strap. Like almost all RAF visor caps we see this one is not dated but with Kings Crown badge certainly wartime or early post war issue. No size is marked but the physical measurement taken inside the hat band it is 21 1/2" or 54.5 cm. £175.00
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1829 RAF Officer Visor cap - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Officer Visor cap - An unusual example as it carries a woven makers label to the inner quilted crown lining indicating ‘Made to Order, English Tailoring, Bernard Cailor, Alexandria'. So seems almost certain this was made in for an RAF Officer serving in Egypt in WW 11. It is named on leather headband but the writing is now indistinct due to service wear and the passing years. The cap is in pretty good shape but has a few small moth nips but hardly noticeable on display. It features a good crisp Kings Crown cap badge but with a little Verdigris on the brass eagle; the leather chin strap is in perfect condition. No size is marked but measured around the inside of the hat band is 21 1/4" or 53.3 cm. Whilst not mint a good probably late wartime example sensibly priced.

£140.00
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OC420 Royal Navy Lieutenants Working Dress Blouse NO 5B - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Royal Navy Lieutenants Working Dress Blouse NO 5B - A genuine late war/early post war period RN Officers Working Dress (BD) blouse in totally original condition from the small collection we have listed this week. This one carries Lieutenant rank shoulder boards which are laced in place and were made by the top London manufacturer of Joseph Starkey. Whilst the blouse is unnamed the original owner clearly had a 'busy' war and his pin back medal bar is attached showing 1939-45 War Medal, The Atlantic Star, The African Star with rosette (for North African service 1942–43 and awarded for service with the 18th Army Group Headquarters between 15 February 1942 and 12 February 1943 inclusive, for Navy and Merchant Navy personnel in shore service 23 October 1942 to 12 May 1943 inclusive). In addition campaign medals issued for Italy plus the Defence Medal and War Medal 1939-45 which my Dad told me everyone got 'for just turning up'!

In the opening years of the Second World War the Royal Navy refused to adopt battledress for officers aboard ship but despite this Battledress type uniforms were worn by naval officers from 1941, as a non-regulation uniform, sometime utilising dyed army battledress. Finally their Lordships at the Admiralty conceded and authorised officers to wear ‘Working Dress’; they could not bring themselves to call it 'Battledress' as was adopted by both the Army and the RAF. The Working Dress, designated '5A'was immediately popular and officers could either obtain it from the stores or have a set made up by their tailor. It was introduced for wear at sea in preference to the rather formal No. 5 uniform and the design is based on the Army and RAF battledress featuring a short waisted jacket.

This fine example is a development from this and is referred to as a' Number 5B Working Dress Blouse '. It was Introduced in 1944, and saw limited use in the war; it was similar to 5A, except that the buttons on the blouse are of standard design and are fly fronted as opposed to exposed buttons and the waist is closed by means of a short strap and buckle fastening. Our research indicates It was developed for use by the Air Branch aircrew, as they found the exposed buttons on the earlier blouse had a tendency to get caught on pieces of cockpit equipment and a potential risk in the event of a rapid departure from the cockpit! This blouse is neither named or badged so we have no idea to whom it was issued. It does not carry and issue label but the waist band is ink stamped L, a WD arrow and 679 below. Seeing the full medal ribbon it would appear to have been in use in the early post war period. Interestingly it has an inner zipped pocket fitted (zip is marked 'Swift') which also carries a WD and board arrow stamp. We can't establish if this was a standard fitting or a period customisation; if the latter it would have been perfect for aircrew to keep important items secure. No size is marked but it is on the small size but would be perfect on a Fleet Air Arm mannequin. The jacket is in exceptional condition throughout with the fabric in crisp and unstained and amazingly has completely avoided the attention of the dreaded moth. A scarce example that certainly meets the old collectors maxim of 'always buy the best example you can afford'.

£165.00
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5101 Royal Navy Officers Working Dress Blouse - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Royal Navy Officers Working Dress Blouse - Another genuine WW11 issue 1944 dated RN Officers Working Dress (BD) blouse in totally original condition which we are listing today. This one does not carry rank shoulder boards and is unnamed but judging by its excellent overall condition it may actually be unissued. In the opening years of the Second World War the Royal Navy refused to adopt battledress for officers aboard ship but despite this dyed army battledress was modified and worn on duty. Finally their Lordships at the Admiralty authorised officers to wear ‘Working Dress’ ; they could not bring themselves to call it 'Battledress' as was adopted by both the Army and the RAF. The Working Dress, also designated '5A' was immediately popular and officers could either obtain it from the stores or have a set made up by their tailor.

This scarce example was an issue item and carries a good clear Admiralty label indicating 'Admiralty Blue Serge Working Dress Blouse Officer's. This one is in a very scarce Size15 to fit an Officer of height 5' 11"- 6' 0", Breast 42"-43" and waist size 37"-38". It was manufactured by H. Lotery & Co Ltd and dated 1944. In addition the waist band is also stamped with an Admiralty anchor. Thee blouse features quality Royal Naval pattern brass buttons with kings crown and anchor motif made by Gieves of London. The inside of the unlined blouse still retain original paper labels confirming the size. Two breast pocket are fitted with button closure whilst the waist has a short strap fastening and triple brass buttons for correct fitting button. Despite its 74 years this BD remains in remarkable condition with just one minor moth nibble to the rear of the collar. Whilst for sale, like all our stock, as a collectable this one would certainly be strong enough to wear and with the added advantage of being an almost impossible to find large size wartime dated blouse.

£145.00
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5382 Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Working Dress Blouse - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Working Dress Blouse - A genuine WW11 issue 1944 dated RN Officers Working Dress (BD) blouse in totally original condition. The hard backed rank shoulder boards are sewn on and with the purple background indicate the original owner served with the engineering branch; sadly the garment is not named. Interestingly in the opening years of the Second World War the Royal Navy refused to adopt battledress for officers aboard ship but despite this dyed army battledress was modified and worn on duty. Finally their Lordships at the Admiralty authorised officers to wear ‘Working Dress’ ; they could not bring themselves to call it 'Battledress' as was adopted by both the Army and the RAF. The Working Dress, also designated '5A' was immediately popular and officers could either obtain it from the stores or have a set made up by their tailor.

This scarce example was an issue item and carries a good clear Admiralty label indicating the blouse is a size 9 to fit an Officer of height 5' 7"-5' 8", Breast 39"-40" and waist size 34"-35". It was manufactured by H. Lotery & Co Ltd and dated 1944. The blouse features quality Royal Naval pattern brass buttons with kings crown and anchor motif made by Gaunt of London. The inside of the unlined blouse still retain original paper labels confirming the size. Two breast pocket are fitted with button closure whilst the waist has a short strap and a single button. It is in generally very good display condition with just a few minor moth nibbles, but seeing it is 74 years old is has survived in remarkably well.

£125.00
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PC215 WW1 MKV111 Marching Compass by S.Mordan & Co - Click for the bigger picture New Stock WW1 MKV111 Marching Compass by S.Mordan & Co - We are pleased to offer today a WW1 Verner's pattern MKVIII prismatic marching compass, made by the firm of Sampson Mordan and is engraved on the base 'S. Mordan & Co, 63968, 1917'. It is also stamped with the British Army War department arrow property mark. The instrument is in excellent original condition, with a jewelled bearing Mother of Pearl dry card compass and the only point to mention is a part of the paint from the compass arrow is now missing. The brass case has good age patination, and has fortunately avoided the attention of the polishing brigade over the last 101 years! The compass carries a transit lock which is engaged by the lid closure.

The anti-slip rubber ring affixed to the underside of the compass, which is often absent, remains in place and is undamaged. The compass card swings freely and locks in position although we can not guarantee its current accuracy and like all stock items is for sale as an historical collectable.

What makes this example particularly interesting is it comes complete with its original leather case and shoulder strap. This is stamped with the manufacturers details French & Son Ltd London and is dated 1916. The leather is in excellent condition, the stitching is sound and it has a great patina. The cream on the cake is it has also named to the original owner and is clearly marked R.P.Delaney, Lt, East Lancashire Regiment. Lieutenant Delaney was clearly taking no chances as he has further cut his name into the reverse side of the case. In addition we have just noticed the initials R.D. marked on the base of the instrument, so clearly the set all belongs together.

The history of this compass is it was picked up in the latter stages of WW1 as a souvenir together with the trench periscope we are also listing today. It is thought both items were acquired at the same time but this is very much family hearsay. Neither have ever been offered for sale in the last 100 years and are therefore fresh to market. A good crisp original example that will sit happily in a WW1 militaria or instrument collection and a fine piece of Britain's WW1 history.

£95.00
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PC214 WW1 British Mk1X Trench periscope - Click for the bigger picture New Stock WW1 British Mk1X Trench periscope - A fine original example with a makers plate indicating made by the firm of By R&J Beck Ltd. This is also engraved 'Periscope MK1X' and is dated 1918 and carries serial number 28886. Brothers Richard and Joseph Beck formed the optical manufacturing firm of R and J Beck in 1843, based in London. The firm is remembered for helping to raise the status of the use of microscopes within scientific research but clearly in WW1 this was extended to help saving lives on the battlefield.

The instrument measures 23 1/2 " overall (60 cm) and has a removable varnished turned beech wood handle with a brass screw attachment point. The brass eyepiece has a focus ring on it and the optics are in good clear condition and all functions as intended a century ago! The brass body of the periscope fortunately still carries most of its original olive drab paintwork. These instruments are often found stripped and the brass body polished to a high shine but this one has fortunately avoided this fate ; as with all instruments stripping and polishing seriously reduces their value on the collectors market. The Mk1X are generally regarded as intended for use by Officers and they provided the potentially lifesaving function by enabling a clear view over the parapet of the trench into 'no man's land' without risking life and limb to the attentions of the German snipers in the opposing trench.

The history of this example is a little hazy although we do know it was picked up in the latter part of WW1 as a souvenir from the trenches, together with the interesting hand bearing compass we are also listing today. That is named to an Officer of the East Lancashire Regiment and it is thought both items were acquired at the same time but this is very much family hearsay. Neither have ever been offered for sale in the last 100 years and are therefore fresh to market. A good crisp original example that will sit happily in a WW1 militaria or optical collection.

£168.00
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