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6278 RAF Gloves, Flying, Gauntlet, Type D - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Gloves, Flying, Gauntlet, Type D - A virtually mint set, finished in soft chestnut leather with a wool lining. These are of a straight pull on pattern and formed part of the ‘D’ series electrically heated system and when issued were used in conjunction with rayon inner liners. Later in WW11 when the heating aspect became less important they were often used alone or with silk inners. This set (which is for the outers only) shows a slight colour variation between the left and right glove, as is normally the case as a result of the gloves being made in different factories and paired up when issued to avoid pilferage. Both carry good clear labels with the left glove carrying stores reference 22C/768 and the right 22C/771. Interestingly despite these references indicating a pair of size 9 gloves the labels have been modified by hand to indicate size 9 ½ and certainly the fit seems to indicate the larger size. The labels are also A.M. marked with Kings Crown, contract numbers and AID inspectors stamps. Like all our kit, whilst these are offered for sale as collectables, seeing the pristine condition we see no reason why they can not be used for the intended purpose, for re-enactment or for classic motoring. They certainly meet the collectors maxim ‘always buy the best you can afford’! Further pictures are available on request to show the full detail described. £145.00
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6656 RAF Old Pattern Stable Belt - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Old Pattern Stable Belt - Like the Officers gloves we have listed today these came in from the same source and is believed to have been issued to the same gentleman. The stable belt originates from when cavalrymen would place the surcingle around the waist when cleaning the stables. In the 1950s their use spread to all branches of the British armed forces, adding a splash of colour and individuality to the drab khaki working uniforms. Initially they were resisted by many senior officers, who saw them as too individualistic, but they soon became accepted throughout the forces.

This example was manufactured prior to 2007, when a buckled version was introduced and in all probability dates back to the 1970's. It has been used but remains in remarkably good condition with just very minor service wear to the leather straps. No size or other makings are shown but it is adjustable and we would estimate it would adjust out to fit a waist size of 34 " or smaller(86cm).

£12.00
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5514 RAF Police Arm Band - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Police Arm Band - A near mint example in excellent original condition. RAF Police arm bands were first authorised in service in 1944. Two types were produced, one in wool with a two pronged buckle and the other, a printed version with brass poppers. More recent examples had Newey snap fasteners, while current examples have velcro fastenings and also carry rank insignia. This example would be hard to improve upon. Measures 18" (46cm) £25.00
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4001 RAF Inner Flying Gloves - Click for the bigger picture Sold - Similar Available RAF Inner Flying Gloves - Designed to be worn under 1933 pattern gauntlets, but were often worn alone particularly by fighter pilots. Early production used silk, while later these would have been made from synthetic silk or rayon. These being 1944 dated are probably of the later material. Broad arrow property marked and stamped S.G. Ltd. Minor staining, but generally in very good issued condition with no holes. The gloves are a matched pair in size 9 1/2 making the stores ref. 22C/262.
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5239 RAF Corporal's War Service Dress Blouse and Trousers - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Corporal's War Service Dress Blouse and Trousers - First issued exclusively to aircrew in 1941 it was originally referred to as ‘Suit, Blue Grey, Aircrews ‘ but it was subsequently issued to all and became universally known as “Battledress”. This very fine example of the type is a matched suit made by Sindall Bros & Co Ltd and carries a broad arrow stamp with a label dated 1945, so it just caught the latter stages of WW11. It is in virtually unissued condition although seeing Corporal rank stripes and medal ribbon it has clearly been issued and used although sadly it is not named, so any associated history has now been lost. The Medal ribbon show the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal and War Medal (1939-45) were awarded to the original owner.

The Blouse is in fantastic condition with fine Corporal’s stripes to each arm and oblong shoulder titles above. The fabric of blouse is exceptionally clean and more or less factory fresh and no other damage or marks ; the waist band is WD and Broad arrow stamped as well as the code letter 'Z' indicating 1945 issue. The matching trousers, which carry the same makers label so have not been mismatched like many of the suits we see. They are equally clean but have a few small moth nibbles but on display these hardly notice. The field dressing pocket to the front is of the later simplified button closure type. The suit is marked size 7 with the tunic indicating suitable for height 5’ 7”-5’8”, breast 35”-36” and waist 31”. The matching trousers are marked for the same height and waist with the seat marked as 36”-37” and leg measurement 30 ½”.

Despite the minor moth damage to the trousers this example is well above the average for a 1945 dated BD suit and wartime examples are becoming increasingly hard to source now in any condition. This would make the ideal example for a mannequin display but would also be strong enough to wear for re enactment purposes, if you should just happen to be of modest proportions! As with all our stock more detailed photographs are available on request.

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5139 Coveralls, Mens, Cotton Drill, White - Click for the bigger picture Sold Coveralls, Mens, Cotton Drill, White - We are unsure of the origins of this suit although we have been told a small quantity were discovered in South Africa some time ago and this may be from that source. It is in the style of the pre-war RAF 'Prestige suit', popular with well heeled pilots in the early years of WW 11 including the Battle of Britain. The suit is made from white cotton with a fully buttoned front, flapped pleated chest pockets and side entry pockets at the waist. Interestingly the white buttons are removeable via split rings in the same way as original Prestige Suits and RAF Khaki Drill uniforms, to aid washing. It is fitted with a cotton waist belt with a chrome finished buckle. The suit does not carry a makers label but we would estimate it would fit a person with about a 38" chest, a 32" waist and up to 5'10" in height. We are happy to check individual measurements and like all our stock additional detail photographs are available on request.

This style of suit was also worn by racing drivers and pit mechanics and with appropriate accessories would form the basis of an outfit for a 1940’s event, re-enactment the the Goodwood Revival or dressed on a mannequin for display purposes. Original Prestige Suits are now into four figures (if you can find one!) and decent replicas are well over £100. This one is rather more modestly priced! It is in excellent condition but has clearly had light use, with the odd surface marks and minor rust stains. It could of course be washed but we have left it just as it came in as we believe, as it stands, this adds a touch of period authenticity.

Wd also have fresh in a very small selection of super qulity replica WW11 RAF bullion Squadron badge that if attached to the front breast pocket would set the suit off perfectly. Details and prices on request.

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3152 RAF War Service Dress named to Sgt Anholm - Click for the bigger picture Sold 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!

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3119 RAF Flight Sergeant's Jacket Other Airmen - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Flight Sergeant's Jacket Other Airmen -

Fully badged with a padded Navigators brevet to the left breast and Sergeants stripes and Kings Crown to both arms, surmounted by rectangular shoulder eagle. Interestingly the left breast pocket has cotton loops sewn on and we speculate this may have been to carry a Pathfinder badge, but this is pure guesswork on our part. This tunic is the second pattern, which replaced the 1940 design, that carried faux French cuffs. It is made from coarse airforce blue fabric which is generally in well above the average condition and not faded, as many we see, with just a few minor moth nips, that are hardly noticeable on display.

Inside the unlined tunic carries a good clear label indicating a size 2 to fit a chap of a modest 5'2" to 5' 4" height and with breast 34"-35" and a waist of 32". The manufacturer's details are H.523727/41/C.I.B. and clearly dated 1941 below. The original owners name has sadly been been blacked out, a common practice when families sell on original uniforms. The tunic is completed by a standard pattern waist belt and a full set of Kings Crown brass buttons made by J.R.Gaunt of London.

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6655 RAF Officers Brown Leather Dress Gloves - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Officers Brown Leather Dress Gloves - This fine pair of gloves and the RAF stable belt we are also listing today came in with a post war RAF visor cap and we believe all three items belonged to the same Officer. These gloves are made from very soft calf or doe leather and are sealed with a button closure. They are a matched pair and carry a label inside indicating a reference nos of 415-8012, marked size 9 and dated 1974. The label confirms they were made by the quality glove makers of Burfield, operating from a small factory in Martock, Somerset coincidentally just 5 miles from the Oldnautibits HQ!

Burfields & Co. were established back in 1944 and the company had a long, successful association with the British Ministry of Defence and the RAF in the supply of service gloves. Sadly they went into liquidation in March 2017 so all production has now ceased and these can never be repeated. So grab this one off opportunity to invest in a fine pair of quality gloves that must have cost the UK tax payer a fortune to manufacture. Ideal for re-enactment, The Goodwood revival or even for general wear. They appear virtually unworn and at this price must be a fraction of their original cost.

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5333 RAF War Service Dress blouse - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF War Service Dress blouse - Universally know as 'battledress' and first introduced to flying personnel only in 1941 but subsequently standardised for wear by all RAF personnel later in WW11. This example is a 'Plain Jane' in that it simply carries shoulder eagles but no other badges so would originally have been issued to an 'Erk'! It remains in remarkably good condition and seems to have largely avoided the attentions of the dreaded moth with just one or two minor nibbles but these are largely hidden when on display. The blue serge material retains its original RA blue colour and all buttons are in place. The waist belt shows some wear to the inside caused by the chromed buckle but again hidden when on display.

Inside is equally clean with just minor wear to the inside collar. The original label is still clear and this confirms War Service Dress Blouse Size 11 to fit a chap of 5' 9"-5'10", Breast 38"-39" and waist 34". The label is Broad Arrow marked and caries a makers name W.Harmer and Co Ltd and is dated 1944. The tunic is not named so its wartime history has been lost down the years. A good clean wartime dated example and getting increasingly hard to find.

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3967c WAAF Other Ranks V Neck Pullover - Click for the bigger picture Sold WAAF Other Ranks V Neck Pullover - This garment came in with a selection of other WAAF uniform items and we have therefore assumed seeing it is finished in RAF blue this is another WAAF issue item. The inside collar is marked with 5090018 which we assume to be the original owners service number. Sewn into the hem is a makers label marked H & E Ltd and branded ‘Puritex’ regd;it is also broad arrow property mark. The date is mis-stamped but seems to have originated in the 1950’s. This garment is very small and is marked size 1. The wool has the odd snag and hole so all in all not in the best condition but it could be darned and could still make a good display item. It is priced accordingly! A Recent Sale
5554 WAAF Officers Tunic and Skirt - Click for the bigger picture Sold WAAF Officers Tunic and Skirt - Original WAAF uniforms are now getting very scarce although this is not exactly what it seems but with the re-enactment season already upon us this could be a means to an end! It came in from an owner who used it once to attend a 1940’s themed dance so is now looking for a new home! The tunic jacket is an original item and carries rank lace to the sleeves and is labelled ‘Suits No1 (Home) Dress Officers RAF and is broad arrow marked and is dated 1952. We believe this tunic to be a ‘re-clocked' and it probably started life as a Gent's example. The tunic is in generally very good condition with a couple of minor moth nips but these do not detract. The lapels carry brass VRT badges that look to be original and stand fro Volunteer Reserve Training that was established in 1947 for use in RAF sections of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF).The jacket carries brass Kings Crown buttons and a brass belt buckle to WW11 specification. The medal ribbons are for the Defence Medal, the 1939-45 War Medal and interestingly the Burma Star. The tunic measures 30.5” from collar to bottom hem (77 cm) and the arms are 24.5” shoulder to cuff (62 cm.) The Officers skirt does not carry a label but is fully lined and looks as though it is tailor made and probably of a later date but a good match for the tunic. We estimate the waist to be around 30” (76 cm) and is 26” from waist to hem (66 cm) We would estimate the set should be a good fit for a ladies size 12. A Recent Sale
4862 WAAF WW11 Drivers Gloves - Click for the bigger picture Sold WAAF WW11 Drivers Gloves - An extremely scarce pair of Air Ministry issue gauntlets finished in very soft mid brown leather. The design is similar in many respects to the 1933 RAF pattern flying gloves but without the zip fitted in the wrist section. The leather (probably calf) is very soft and in virtually unworn condition. The inner lining is clearly stamped with a Kings Crown and below A.M. as well as A.I.D. inspectors stamps in both gloves. A similar pattern was also issued to F.A.N.Y drivers as well as ATS despatch riders in WW11 but in this instance their is no doubt these are the scarce Air Ministry issue WAAF pattern. The size stamp is not clear but they could be a size 6 making them on the small size. This is the first pair of WAAF gloves we have had in 10 years and we don’t anticipate these will be with us long! A Recent Sale
4528 WAAF Flight Officers Tunic and Skirt - Click for the bigger picture Sold WAAF Flight Officers Tunic and Skirt - Another scarce WAAF uniform that exudes originality. The tunic carries a makers label to the inside pocket indicting it was tailored by Hector Power of Regent Street, London W1. The label is also named to the original owner who was a A.B.O Keetle; below the name is printed 16/5001 and a date 4/8/42. We have no service history to go with this uniform but it could no doubt be researched. The tunic carries rank lace to a Flight Officer but with a variation in the colour of the two rings so clearly indication when Section Officer Keetle was made up to ‘Flight’ rank (which corresponds to the male rank of Flight Lieutenant).The jacket is in excellent original condition with just the odd snag commensurate with service wear but it has fortunately more or less avoided the ravishes of the dreaded moth. It carries a pair of original ‘A’ lapel badges indication Ms Keetle was a volunteer and is fitted with brass Kings Crown buttons by Gaunt of London. The belt shows minor wear caused by the buckle prongs as you would expect. The matching skirt is again in a similar condition with a side zip fitted to the waist band. Interestingly it looks as though the waist has been taken in at some stage ; judging by the small tunic size this would indicate Flight Officer Keetle was of a modest disposition! In view of the size constraints in the 21st century we believe this one deserves a place in a museum or aviation collection although we have just listed other uniforms which may be more suited for re enactor’s purposes. Examples of genuine wartime issue WAAF uniforms are now very scarce and we don’t anticipate this one being with us for long. If any visitors to the site can add any of Flight Officer Keetle’s service history we would be delighted to add this to our description. A Recent Sale
3967d WAAF WW11 Pattern Issue Shirt - Click for the bigger picture Sold WAAF WW11 Pattern Issue Shirt - We are pleased to offer a rare WAAF issue shirt that came in with a WAAF tunic which we have also just listed. It is in very good issued condition and is made from light blue-grey cotton fabric. Other than a minor stain to the rear right back shoulder we can’t see any other issues in terms of damage, stains or moth. The shirt is clearly cut for the female figure, having pleats let into the front shoulder area. The shirt buttons from the left (female) side and it also carries a small open top patch pocket on the left breast. Inked on the inside collar is a service number 2010225 and it is named to Waters S. The shirt comes with a detachable collar that is Kings Crown and AM marked with the code H544685/41 which would date it to 1941 and is named to Ranson with a service number 451639. Clearly the collar has been mixed up at some stage but it appears to fit correctly and it comes complete with a two period collar studs. The collar shows signs of use but is generally in good shape with just minor age staining and the fabric is not quite as bright as on the shirt, which is to be expected. A near identical example is illustrated on page 81 of Bayley & Ingram’s excellent ‘WW11 British Women’s Uniforms’ reference booklet. No size is marked but we estimate this would be a good fit on a size 14. A Recent Sale
3967 WAAF Officers Re-Enactors Uniform - Click for the bigger picture Sold WAAF Officers Re-Enactors Uniform - Another item from the small WAAF collection we have in. Here the tunic jacket appears to be an original item and we believe dates to WW11 and unlike the other tunic we have listed today has not been ‘re-clocked’!.It carries a makers label, now somewhat faded, reading M.Walker Ltd, 47 Albemarle Street, London. The rest has faded away over the years. Below in white ink is B 36 and W 30 which we assume to be the bust and waist sizing. The jacket is to WW11 specification with brass Kings Crown buttons (made by Gaunt) and a brass belt buckle. The tunic shows some service wear and moth nips but generally in decent display condition. The skirts that came with it is of later manufacture and carries an MOD label stating ‘Skirt Woman's Blue-Grey 1972 Pattern’. The size is marked as 67/64/96; we have no idea what this means but it is small! It was made by Watts & stone Ltd. This again shows some service wear and like the tunic could benefit from a dry clean. Check our the other WAAF related items that came in with this set which we are also listing today. A Recent Sale
3967a WAAF Tunic and Skirt - Click for the bigger picture Sold WAAF Tunic and Skirt - Another item from the small WAAF collection we have in. Here the tunic jacket appears to be an original item and we believe dates to WW11 and unlike the other tunic we have listed today has not been ‘re-clocked’!.It carries a makers label, now somewhat faded, reading M.Walker Ltd, 47 Albemarle Street, London. The rest has faded away over the years. Below in white ink is B 36 and W 30 which we assume to be the bust and waist sizing. The jacket is to WW11 specification with brass Kings Crown buttons (made by Gaunt) and a brass belt buckle. The tunic shows some service wear and moth nips but generally in decent display condition. The skirts that came with it is of later manufacture and carries an MOD label stating ‘Skirt Woman's Blue-Grey 1972 Pattern’. The size is marked as 67/64/96; we have no idea what this means but it is small! It was made by Watts & stone Ltd. This again shows some service wear and like the tunic could benefit from a dry clean. Check our the other WAAF related items that came in with this set which we are also listing today. A Recent Sale
PC197 RAF Irvin Flying Suit Thermally Insulated Trousers - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Irvin Flying Suit Thermally Insulated Trousers - Designed to be worn in conjunction with the insulated RAF flying jacket and much favoured by bomber aircrew in WWII. These flight trousers were made from the same thick pile fleece at the jacket and due to their weight came with attached braces which are often now missing. The button fly and full length original Dot zips (which were so designed to enable the trousers to be removed quickly in the event of a wound) are in perfect condition. The luxurious thick fur lining is in amazing condition although as no label is attached we do not know either the size or date of manufacture but they appear to be large and perfect for a Bomber Command display. The trousers are in much better than average condition with just a couple of minute moth nibbles in the seat area but on display are virtually undetectable. A Recent Sale
PC196 RAF 1943 Pattern Escape Boots with a twist! - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF 1943 Pattern Escape Boots with a twist! - This pair was recently purchased in Normandy and show how the 1943 pattern flying boot can be transformed as the designer Major Clayton Hutton of MI9 intended. The leg section has been carefully cut away leaving in place of an obvious pair of aircrew flying boots a 5 eyelet cap Oxford shoe that would not have been out of place in Oxford Street or in the then German occupied Avenue des Champs-Élysées thus giving the downed airman a much better chance of avoiding capture. Clearly we can only speculate on the provenance of this pair but lets hope the owner managed to link up with La Résistance Française and he was able to make a home run leaving only his footwear behind in Normandy! The shoes show signs of wear and interestingly the original leather soles have been repaired with rubber that have hand cut grooves cut into them to give better grip. This could indicate post war civilian use under new ownership! The interior still features the lambs wool lining that would have extended up the original leg to keep the airman warm in flight. It seems the escape knife having performed its intended role was then discarded and is now sadly missing. In line with all 1943 pattern boots no size is marked but we would estimate these to be around a UK size 10-11 (45-46).Few collectors would mutilate an original set of escape boots but here you have the chance to display this set in the ‘escape mode’ perhaps alongside an 'as issued' pair. The shoe fillers are for display purposes only and are not included in the sale. A Recent Sale
PC199 RAF Type 'D' Flying Gauntlets - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Type 'D' Flying Gauntlets - a really top quality matched pair carrying broad arrow marked labels confirming stores reference nos 22C/769 for the left glove and 22C/772 for the right. They also both carry the same code 10440 indicating unlike many RAF wartime flying gloves they have never been mismatched. These are a large size 10 and whilst they were designed to be worn as part of the D heated system with electrically wired inners they were often used alone or with unheated silk inners. This set would be impossible to upgrade with very soft light tan leather in virtually unmarked condition. A Recent Sale
PC188 RAF Dinghy Seat Pack Type A Mark 3* - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Dinghy Seat Pack Type A Mark 3* - stores reference 27C/2088 and designed to carry the single-man fighter pilot Type K dinghy was carried folded within the pack attached to the seat type parachute in place of the usual Sorbo rubber seat cushion. Manufactured in heavy olive drab cotton canvas, broadly rectangular in shape with a separate cover attached with press-studs. These packs have internal stowage pockets to house the accessories not carried within the dinghy itself. This example benefits from being fitted with an emergency rubber water cushion for drinking purposes stamped 27C/2138 and enclosed within a canvas zipped cover marked 27C/2138 and Jecco. The exterior of the pack carries a multi-lingual label stitched to the cover in we believe English, French, Czech and Polish. The pack is complete withy lanyard and connectors to attach to the '41 pattern Mae West. The whole set is in virtually mint faultless condition and would be impossible to improve upon. A Recent Sale
PC195 RAF Dinghy Seat Pack Type A Mark 3* - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Dinghy Seat Pack Type A Mark 3* - stores reference 27C/2445 and designed to carry the single-man fighter pilot Type K dinghy which was carried folded within the pack attached to the seat type parachute in place of the usual Sorbo rubber seat cushion. Manufactured in heavy olive drab cotton canvas, broadly rectangular in shape with a separate cover attached with press-studs. These packs have internal stowage pockets to house the accessories not carried within the dinghy itself. This example benefits from being fitted with an emergency rubber water cushion for drinking purposes stamped 27C/2134 and enclosed within a purple canvas zipped cover marked V.D.The exterior of the pack carries a multi-lingual label stitched to the cover in we believe English, French, Czech and Polish. The pack is complete with lanyard and quick release connectors to attach to the '41 pattern Mae West. The whole set is in virtually mint faultless condition and would be impossible to improve upon. A Recent Sale
PC187 RAF 1941 Pattern Sidcot Suit stores reference 22C/777 - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF 1941 Pattern Sidcot Suit stores reference 22C/777 - this was the final wartime development of the Sidcot suit of WW11. Identical to the 1940 pattern but with the addition of an electrical wiring system to allow use in conjunction with D type heated gloves and boot liners and was favoured for use by aircrew of Bomber Command. Manufacture in heavy olive drab canvas it was designed to be used with a kapok liner for additional warmth. This is a very clean example and benefits from being fitted with all original zips which are all AM and Kings Crown marked. All in working order with just a single tooth missing on the left sleeve zip. The electrical wiring loom is still in place with the correct snaps at wrist and ankles. Inside the suit is also very clean with a clear AM marked label indicating the suit is large size 5 suitable for height 5'10" to 5'11". All original buttons are fitted and this suit would be hard to improve upon particularly in this hard to find large size. Ideal for display or re-enactment purposes. A Recent Sale
PC198 RAF Kapok Liner 1941 Pattern for the Sidcot Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Kapok Liner 1941 Pattern for the Sidcot Suit - this is a near mint and possibly unissued example with a label indicating this is a size 5 stores reference 22C/856. Original Air Ministry marked lightning zips are fitted and in the collar the suit is also stamped with a Kings Crown and AM property mark. The label confirms this suit is intended for a wearer of 5’10”-5’ 11” with a chest of 38”-40” and a waist of 34”-36”. This kapok liner would display perfectly with the 1941 Sidcot suit we currently have listed item PC187 and we could offer a 10% discount to any customer ordering the pair. A Recent Sale
PC186 RAF Observers Parachute pack - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Observers Parachute pack - whilst this example has had its label removed the stores reference number is 15A/141. The two point detachable chest pack was stored separately in the aircraft and designed to be clipped to the Observers harness by the engagement of a pair of steel loops mounted on the reverse with a pair of hooded snap-hooks located on the chest. This example is manufactured the usual sandy coloured cotton canvas which shows average service wear. It is complete with all the webbing grab handles and is fitted with the D-ring ripcord handle stamped IAC (Irvin Air Chute); the rip cord handle housing shows some stitch repairs. The pack is fitted with a full set on elastic bungees which show some stretching but overall it is in very good used condition with light soiling and minor wear to the grab handles. No canopy fitted but the pack is stuffed with a polypropylene block so has the correct shape for display or re-enactment purposes. These are now getting extremely difficult to find and particularly so with all the ‘plumbing’.Please check out the complementary Observers harness which we have also just listed. A Recent Sale
PC185 RAF Observers parachute harness Stores Refrence 15A/137 - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Observers parachute harness Stores Refrence 15A/137 - manufactured by G & T.L. & stamped with serial number 92369. Designed for use with clip-on chest-type parachute packs. This is a genuine RAF/British manufactured example rather than more commonly found Canadian version. Cream/white webbing with a central black fleck;both shoulder straps are stamped AM with a Kings Crown property mark. The harness features the fully rounded QR box as fitted to wartime British harnesses as opposed to the D shaped QRB found on RCAF and post war issue examples. The pack attachment clips are again in perfect condition and fully functioning. Fitted with an original back pad which is again in good condition but some minor staining;it does not seem to have ever carried a label. The harness is well above average condition and the QRB functions perfectly. Mick Prodger's excellent 'Luftwaffe V RAF Flight Equipment' features a near identical example by the same maker illustrated on page 18. A very fine original example of what is becoming increasingly hard to find. Please see the complementary observer parachute pack we have also just listed. A Recent Sale
5584 RAF Coastal Command Irvin Flying Jacket - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Coastal Command Irvin Flying Jacket - A very clean example of the increasingly rare hooded jacket with so many having had the high visibility yellow hood cut away post war to facilitate motor cycle use. This jacket has original zips fitted; the most zip is an early specification Dot, while the sleeve zips are AM Lightning. Inside the leather hanger is in place, although there is no sign of a label having ever been fitted. The leather panels are all in good shape with just one small repair patch to the rear of the left armpit but this has been very neatly applied. Minor wear to waist and cuff fur, whilst the belt is good with all the orignal eyelets in place. Having no label, we have estimated the size to be a good fit on a 38-40" chest. This would display well with item 6109, the thermally insulated trousers we have also listed today. A Recent Sale
6109 RAF Irvin Flying Suit Thermally Insulated Trousers - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Irvin Flying Suit Thermally Insulated Trousers - Designed to be worn in conjunction with the insulated flying jacket and much favoured by bomber aircrew in WWII. This example carries a label indicating a size 3 example, stores ref. 22C/319. These came from a aviation museum display depicting a Wellington crew member. The leather is in generally excellent issued condition and the fur lining is exceptional. The original brasses are fitted and remain elastic. The only issue with this set is that one zip is missing the puller while the other is missing the puller arm. Both zips are therefore sewn closed but this does not detract from a display point of view. These would pair up nicely with the Coastal Command Irvin flying jacket we have also listed today. Competitively priced. A Recent Sale
871 Emergency Dinghy Floating Knife by Beaufort - Click for the bigger picture Sold Emergency Dinghy Floating Knife by Beaufort - RAF Flight Crew Issue, complete with sheath. Blade made in Sheffield, England. Mint & unissued. A Recent Sale
4784 Irvin Air Chute Battle of Britain period Flying Jacket - Click for the bigger picture Sold Irvin Air Chute Battle of Britain period Flying Jacket - A fine example and despite having no label the classic square collar, narrow belt loops and tan cow hide indicate this to be of IAC manufacture probably from a 1939 or 40 contract. This jacket was originally wired but the plugs and electrical connections have been carefully removed. The leather is very soft and just one small repair patch to the left sleeve. All zips are original Dot and in good working order. Inside the characteristic short pile fur is in near mint condition, collar strap and rings in place and the waist belt is perfect. This jacket has an interesting story to tell. We are advised it belonged to a pilot who crashed in Ankaran near the hospital and a few miles from the liner Rex, sunk by the RAF in Slovenia in 1944. The pilot was rescued by the partisans minutes before the Germans arrived. Sadly we don't have further details of the incident. His jacket, however, certainly survived and we very much hope he did as well. We estimate this jacket to be a size 5 and would fit chest sizes up to 42" (107cm) A Recent Sale
OC135 RAF Irvin Flying Jacket - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Irvin Flying Jacket - complete with integral hood incorporated within collar. Chest size 36-38" (92-97cm). Original zips and issue label. These jackets were issued to RAF Coastal Command. A Recent Sale
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