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4968 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture Reserved RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was checked by RAF stores in November 1985 and subsequently declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked on 6th December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being 32 years old this example is effectively as good as they come, both inside and out! Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.  
6299 RAF Type 48 Magnetic Microphone - Click for the bigger picture Sold - Similar Available 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. An 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 and when they are gone they are gone. Like all our kit for sale as a collectable but we would not be surprised if this is not still in good working order.
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PC59 RAF Mk. VIII Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture Sold - Similar Available RAF Mk. VIII Flying Goggles - A very clean example of this classic design introduced into service in 1943 and remained on the inventory until the 1970's. The leather face pad is in excellent condition with the inside showing evidence of normal service wear. The brass frame and central adjuster are well above average, with only minor paint rub. Clear lenses are fitted and are without the normal fogging problems. Original back strap with correct adjusters and still good elasticity. Decent Mk. VIII's are now getting hard to find and prices are rising all the time. This set displays well with the FAA helmet which we have also just listed.
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2512 RAF B Type Helmet - Click for the bigger picture Sold - Similar Available RAF B Type Helmet - Superb original helmet as issued without receiver cups fitted. Stores ref. 22C/65, size 2. Everything complete and working, hard to better.
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4971 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked on 6th December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being 32 years old this example is effectively as good as they come, both inside and out! Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain. A Recent Sale
4980 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked on 6th December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being 32 years old this example is effectively as good as they come, both inside and out! Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain. A Recent Sale
4986 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked on 6th December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being over 31 years old this example is effectively as good as they come, both inside and out! Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain. A Recent Sale
4973 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked in December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being over 31 years old this example is effectively as good as they come and other than minor storage marks to the inner chamois lining, is close to mint condition. Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain. A Recent Sale
4957 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked in December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being over 31 years old this example is effectively as good as they come and other than minor storage marks to the inner chamois lining, is close to mint condition. Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain. A Recent Sale
6534 RAF Mk 111A Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Mk 111A Flying Goggles - First issued in 1936, the pattern reflected the same design characteristics of the Mk 111 but with smaller face pads, as the earlier goggles were designed for open cockpit use. The Mk 111A also featured curved Perspex lenses, like its predecessor, which caused distortion and also scratched easily so in the Battle of Britain many pilots chose not to wear them which resulted in many casualties during the conflict through burns and serious eye injuries. The design was also developed independently of the RAF B helmet and the strap arrangement did not work well with the large domed receiver cups. The result of all this was this model was quickly superseded and good examples are now very scarce.

This pair is way above the average and features none of the normal issues seen on this pattern. The brass frames are in great shape and retain almost all their black paint with both the hinge stops and ventilation trumpets in place. All four screws are present and the original leather nose cover is perfect. The Perspex lenses again excellent and just minor scratching. On the reverse side they are equally good with the velvet face pads showing signs of light service use but the inner padding is hardened, as normal. The back strap is near perfect; most Mk 111A’s we see have stretched or damaged springs/canvas covers whilst these are virtually as good as when they came out of the factory. The leather back strap perfect and the curled end is still in place ; these are often cut off for some reason. The friction adjustment buckle is in great condition and carries no rust. The stamping on the back strap is very feint and almost impossible to read. However under a magnifying glass we have been able to decipher the date of manufacture which is the magic 1940 and is followed by a broad arrow and an I below. Above it is the makers name and again whilst very feint we believe this could indicate these were made by Stephens & Co Ltd. Our research on line confirms William Stephens & Co made goggles for the RFC so looks like they continued as contractors to the Air Ministry although this set do not carry any AM stores reference information.

So to conclude this fine set meets or exceeds the time honoured collectors maxim: ‘Always buy the best you can afford'.
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6493 RAF Khaki Felt Bush Hat - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Khaki Felt Bush Hat - Otherwise referred to as a ‘Slouch Hat’ they had their origins in the Second Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902, when the British Army learned from the Boers that their chosen civilian headgear had more practical advantages on campaign in both hot and wet climates over the 'Foreign Service' helmet. By the conclusion of the war virtually all British and Empire troops were issued with the slouch hat as a standard headdress. Comfortable to wear, the hat's wide brim shielded the eyes in bright sunlight and gave adequate protection in even the worst downpours and could be stowed easily, not suffering the consequences of being crushed. A cloth puggaree adorned the base of the hat, and when moistened with water this would cool the brow of the wearer in the hottest conditions. Those troops who fought in the initial campaigns against the Japanese in the Far East wore conventional European headdress but from 1942 the Slouch Hat regained favour and was issued on a large scale to all personnel, including Royal Air Force, as this example.

Ours is made from khaki coloured felt and the pattern is as issued to personnel serving in the Far East as well as the Western Desert in WW11. In exceptional display condition other than minor spot staining to the rim and very minor nibbles to the underside. It is fitted with the original cloth Puggaree with RAF 'flash' attached with 4 ventilation holes fitted to each side. The inner leather lining band is in good condition and is size stamped ‘71/8’, ‘V5553’, dated 1944 and ‘Patent Serial No.115305'. The inside of the leather hat band lining is nicely marked in ink with the original owners name ‘Nash’ ; sadly we don’t have any history on him or where he served. No chin strap is present and we can’t see any evidence of one ever having been fitted. Generally a good issued example and now becoming increasingly hard to find in any condition.

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6452 RAF Style Mk V111 Flying/Motoring Goggles - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Style Mk V111 Flying/Motoring Goggles - On offer are a set of decent replica goggles based on the RAF Mk V111 pattern. We have no idea who made these as they do not carry any makers marks but they could have been aimed at the motorcycle market? The metal frames are silver painted and in excellent condition as are the clear lenses, although we can’t say for sure if safety glass has been fitted. The central nose adjustment bar is an exact copy of the RAF version. The outer face pads are made of leatherette finished plastic while the inner pads and inside nose cover are leather. The back strap in not to the original specification but is fully elastic with plastic adjustment clips. In general we try and stay away from reproduction kit but these came in with a mixed lot of flying kit and if nothing else would be ideal for an aviation themed fancy dress whilst ‘Mr Oldnautibits' himself recently used this set at a Mods & Rockers themed charity party! A Recent Sale
4954 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked in December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being 31 years old this example is effectively as good as they come and is in factory fresh condition. Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last genuine ‘mint and boxed’ examples whilst our very limited stocks remain. A Recent Sale
4950 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked in December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being 31 years old this example is effectively mint and boxed and is in factory fresh condition inside and out. Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last genuine ‘mint and boxed’ examples whilst our very limited stocks remain. A Recent Sale
2060 RAF G type Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF G type Flying Helmet - Receivers, ear pads and wiring loom fitted. Marked size 2 but fits bigger. 1980 dated, very good condition inside and out. A Recent Sale
4011 RAF 'C' type Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF 'C' type Flying Helmet - 2nd pattern with an internal wiring loom introduced into RAF service in 1944. In excellent original condition and named on the elastic chin strap to Fl. Lt. Saunders and again on the inside of the lining, which shows some service staining. It is stamped size 2, 6 7/8 - 7. The loom is in near perfect condition with the correct wartime bell shaped jack plug. Receivers are marked 10A/13466. Overall an excellent example of this classic RAF helmet. A Recent Sale
446 Microphone Assembly - Click for the bigger picture Sold Microphone Assembly - RAF WWII, Type 48 10A/14381 AM marked, original stores label. Unissued. A Recent Sale
4952 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked in December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and male plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being 31 years old this example is effectively mint and boxed and is in factory fresh condition inside and out. Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last genuine ‘mint and boxed’ examples whilst our very limited stocks remain. A Recent Sale
4948 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in January 1983 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked in December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and male plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being 32+ years old this example is effectively mint and boxed and is in factory fresh condition inside and out. Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last genuine ‘mint and boxed’ examples whilst our very limited stocks remain. A Recent Sale
6120 FAA C Type Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture Sold FAA C Type Flying Helmet - The Fleet Air Arm variant of the standard C type helmet remains one of my favourites. Often mistaken for the B type it features the classic zip ear receiver cups and has the facility for Gosport tubes to be fitted as well for use for talk between crew members on aircraft such as the Swordfish. This example is the second pattern internally wired helmet and is fully wired with 10A/13466 pattern receivers fitted as well as a near mint loom and bell jack plug. Both receiver zips carry the original leather pull tab and are in good working order. Receiver foams are not fitted but could be added to this helmet to give the cups a better shape The helmet shell leather is generally sound with minor lifting to the finish on the rear of the helmet. All snaps are in working order and the oxygen mask clip is in place to take E*, G or H pattern oxygen masks. The shell carries a crisp broad arrow property mark and 22C.NIV stamp. Inside the lining is equally clean with signs of light use only. The velvet brow pad is in perfect condition. Whilst no size is marked the helmet seems to be a roomy 4 so a real bonus to find a scarce large size. The elastic chin strap is a little distorted but still displays well. Whilst not mint this is a great example of an issued helmet and would sit happily in any collection. More detailed pictures are available on request. A Recent Sale
6438 RAF B Type Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF B Type Flying Helmet - The standard flying helmet of the RAF in the early part of WW11 including the Battle of Britain the pattern was first issued in 1935 and remained current until replaced by the C type in late 1941. This example is in virtually un issued condition and other than a small amount of paint run on the oxygen mask snaps is mint. Often overlooked by collectors this helmet is without the characteristic domed receiver cups but is actually how it would have been issued with the receiver cups (stores reference 22C/66) being fitted by the station tailor to suit the wearers head requirements. That being said B helmets were also used in this configuration for training purposes when communications were not required. The leather shell is still soft and all the seams are tight. The chin and back adjuster straps are finished in an unusual burgundy leather; the chin strap chrome tip is still in place. The Bennett buckles are perfect with no damage to the leather coverings. Inside the condition is mint. The helmet has a makers label in the crown indicating the helmet is a size 1 (6 1/2-6 3/4) and as well as a kings Crown and A.M. It also carries stores reference nos 22C/65 and was made by Frank Bryan Ltd of London and Worcester. The helmet is dated 1939; later production examples omitted the manufacturers details and location as this would provide unwelcome attention from the Luftwaffe! The lining is also ink stamped B2 as well as a further AM and Kings Crown The velvet brow and strap linings are again mint. Whilst the variant with the classic bulbous receiver cups gets all the glory serious collections should also feature this variant and this one certainly satisfies the maxim ‘buy the best example you can afford’! A Recent Sale
5277 RAF Issue Mk 111 Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Issue Mk 111 Flying Goggles - On offer are a very fine set of increasingly scarce and desirable Air Ministry issue Mk 111 goggles stores reference 22C/69. This set I have owned in my own collection since 2010 but as I have another pair I am now letting these go. They are rather special in that they came in their own rubberised canvas case made from the same material used for escape map pouches. We have no idea if this was an issue case or just something the owner used to pop them into when not in use. Either way it is named to G.B.Butterwick who we surmise was the chap these were originally issued to. They did not come with any history and we have been unable to ID him although we did locate a chap with same name and initials who flew with the R.F.C. in WW1. The goggles are way above the average and meet or exceed the collectors maxim ‘buy the best example you can afford’.Interestingly they are fitted with light blue turquoise tinted lenses. I checked with Mick Prodger when I bought them and he has seen this specification before and confirms there is reference to ‘tinted lenses’ in the relevant AP’s so a super rare variant of the pattern. The Perspex lenses are excellent although they do have some scratches which was a design fault with this pattern and the 111A’s. Leather parts are all good. Only issue is the inner padding is dried and hard as normal but seems to be a standard fault with every pair of these we have seen. The folding hinge and hinge stops are all good. Most of the black paint is in place on the brass frames with just minor age rub. All four screws are original and in place. The nose cover is excellent with hardly any scuffs on the face pad leather and they have clearly been looked after. The back strap is exceptional and canvas spring covers are mint and the springs function perfectly. The leather part of the back strap is perfect as well as are the metal fittings with no rust of corrosion. The friction adjust buckle is stamped WILL NOT RUST and despite the passing years this is true! The back strap is fully stamped with A Crown M REF 22C/69 and on line below :Goggles Mk 111 CL * 6925/39/CL.So no doubt these are British Air Ministry issued not the more common and less desirable RCAF version which mainly seem to turn up these days. The Mk111 entered service in 1935 and intended for open cockpit use. The 111A came in in 1936 and designed for closed cockpit but clearly they did not supersede Mk111’s as these carry a 1939 date code. Grab them whilst you can as they won’t be with us for long! A Recent Sale
OC376 WAAF Officer's WW11 Service Dress Cap - Click for the bigger picture Sold WAAF Officer's WW11 Service Dress Cap - This is one of the scarcer WW11 caps to locate and they don’t often turn up in this size or condition. It is to the standard issue Officer rank pattern made of barathea material and finished in RAF blue;it is in near perfect condition with little wear an no holes, staining or fading. The cloth peak carries parallel stitching following the curve of the peak and is characteristic of the design. The cap features a fine Kings Crown badge with strong colours fixed to a black mohair band. The only issue with this cap was when purchased the ‘chinstrap’ was absent so we have fitted a period patent leather example from a period donor cap that was past saving. Inside the cap carries fine diamond shaped makers label named to Moss Bross of 20-21 King Street, Covent Garden. The label also carries the Moss Bross crest and the date 1881. This was the year the Moses Brothers moved to their King Street premises. Moss Bross were quality suppliers to the British Military in both World Wars and remain a strong name on the High Street today. The cotton lining has very minor staining to the crown but again is in exceptional condition. No size is marked by the cap is a good fit on a head circumference of 22.5” or c. 56 cm. The cap is not named so we sadly have no idea of it’s history. A Recent Sale
4953 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 by MSA (Britain) ltd and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging in a sealed plastic bag with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked in December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and male plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now bring 30 years old this example is effectively mint and boxed and is in factory fresh condition inside and out. Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last genuine ‘mint and boxed’ examples whilst our very limited stocks remain. A Recent Sale
3967b WAAF Other Ranks WW11 Pattern Service Cap - Click for the bigger picture Sold WAAF Other Ranks WW11 Pattern Service Cap - Another item that came in with a small WAAF collection we have recently bought. This is example is a very nicely made replica that has clearly had very little use. The cap is in excellent order with no damage and the lining is factory fresh. A brass kings Crown badge is fitted; this could well be an original item. The chin strap is leather and the underside of the black peak is finished in the authentic green wartime specification. It carries no makers marks to indicate its origins and whilst no size is shown we would estimate it being a good fit on a size 22.5” diameter head or c. 56 cm. A Recent Sale
6437 RAF C Type flying helmet - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF C Type flying helmet - This is an early example of the second pattern internally wired helmet so unlike many C helmets found this one would almost certainly be of wartime manufacture. The leather shell is in good issued condition with very minor scuffing to the finish in a couple of areas. The snaps and clips for the E*, G, or H pattern oxygen mask are all in place ; the snaps need to be treated with some respect if fitting an oxygen mask as they appear a little tender but fine for display purposes. All straps are good and the press studs are in place and working ; being an early spec helmet it features just two straps at the rear as opposed to four on post war C helmets. The rubber receiver carriers are good and firm with no splits and both are fitted with matched receivers marked with AM, Kings Crown and 10A/13466. The loom is the wider diameter wartime spec and the brown bell plug is marked 10H/10991. We have nothing here to test the avionics on so this helmet, like others offered, is for sale as a collectable only. The chinstrap is good but has lost some elasticity over the years. Inside the lining shows good honest service wear and it is named to the original owner ‘Barker’ with RAF service number 1812630. If any visitors to the site have any information on him please let us know and we can add detail to this description. One ear ‘doughnut’ has minor wear to the cover but all in all this is a good honest wartime C helmet in the condition it was in when it came out of service and no doubt it would have a story to tell. The size stamping is now indistinct but looks like 6 7/8 –7 which would make it a size 2 so RAF stores reference 22C/878. Not mint but these early examples of the second pattern C are becoming increasingly hard to find now -so grab it while you can! A Recent Sale
PC207 RAF Gosport tubes Stores Reference Nos 6F/154 - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Gosport tubes Stores Reference Nos 6F/154 - a good original set with interesting provenance. The Bakelite earpieces are both marked with the RAF stores reference number, Kings Crown and AM property mark. The swivel connections work fine and the cloth covered metal tubes arein generally good shape with one minor abrasion mark. The aluminium plug on the opposite end is again in good condition with signs of normal service wear. Unusually this pair is fitted with a rubber tubes near each earpiece, perhaps added to avoid abrasion from the flying helmet. This set came from the estate of a famous French pilot, M. Victor Mérentier, originally from Marseille. He helped establish between 1927-1929 the first aero postal routes around the world and in particular from France to Africa, then over Atlantic to the USA together with his colleagues Mermoz, Saint-Exupéry and Guillaumet, all legends in their home country. We are unclear if he served in WW11 perhaps with the Free French as that might explain why he was in possession of Air Ministry property! A Recent Sale
5357 RAF C type Late pattern Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF C type Late pattern Flying Helmet - This is a fine example of an early post war helmet. Leather is very soft and retains all its original finish and the snaps are all functioning with most of the paint in place. This is a second pattern internally wired C helmet. These first entered service with the RAF (and allies) in 1944 and was the standard issue helmet for aircrew for the rest of the war and continued post war until the first hard hat helmet was introduced in early 1950’s. The receivers are marked with AM (Air Ministry) and a Kings Crown and below 10A/13466. The rubber receiver carriers, often a weak point on these helmets, are very crisp and no degradation at all. The wiring loom is fitted the additional small retaining straps either side of the exit point on the rear of the helmet. A standard bell plug marked 10H/10991 is fitted and like all our stock whilst for sale as a collectable item only we have had the avionics tested and we are told these are all in good working order. The elastic chin strap has a small area of fraying but still retains elasticity. Inside the leather lining is excellent with just minor service wear. Even the inspectors AID approval mark is still visible. The size stamping on this helmet is not clear but believe we can just make out the code 879 stamped in the shell making it a fitting size 3, the second largest size issued. These helmets in this size and condition are getting increasingly hard to find now and this one is well above the average. A Recent Sale
4336 WAAF WW11 Airwoman's Other Ranks Cap - Click for the bigger picture Sold WAAF WW11 Airwoman's Other Ranks Cap - A very crisp and increasingly hard to find example in a large 7 1/8th size and dated 1942. The cloth is in generally very good condition with just a few very minor darns and fitted with a good kings Crown brass OR badge to the front. The leather peak shows a small amount of general service wear. Inside the crown head lining is missing (as is often the case) but this does not detract. Interestingly under the green inside of the peak is written ACW Bolan as well as a further name ACW Allen and the number 26. Whilst no provenance was included when we purchased this cap we have found on line an ACW Boland who in 1946 stayed at her post when working as a switch girl when the building in which she was working caught fire on her base at Crosby Park, Albion. Having calmly phoned the fire brigade she returned to the blazing hut to save some office files from the inferno. We have a copy of a relating newspaper report headlined ‘WAAF Defies flames to call Brigade’ with a picture of ACW Bolan wearing her cap. This may or may not be the same one but it would be nice to think it was! With the re enactment season just getting underway this would be a great addition but it would also sit very happily within a serious WW11 RAF/WAAF collection. First WAAF cap we have had here for ages so grab it whilst you can! A Recent Sale
6272 RAF MK V11 Flying Goggles 2nd pattern - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF MK V11 Flying Goggles 2nd pattern - On offer are a superb set of original Mk V11 flying goggles that have been fully refurbished to a very high standard indeed. The brass frame and flip shield mount, which is marked with a Kings Crown, AM and stores reference number 22C/826, are original items but have been re finished in the correct deep blue paint. The leather parts and face pads are replacement items but are exact copies of the original reflecting how the goggles would have looked when issued back in 1942. The back strap is an original issue item, but would have originally been fitted to wartime RAF night training goggles. These goggles do turn up from time to time and we have seen them listed on some websites and e bay as ‘mint unissued originals’ which is not entirely accurate! We describe them exactly as they are and offer at a price well below what a set of originals in this condition would cost today. These would display perfectly with an appropriate RAF flying helmet and oxygen mask but would also be ideal for the re enactor to wear without risking damaging a 100% original set. The tinted lenses fitted to these goggles in our view give them the edge over the clear lenses normally seen. A Recent Sale
PC192 RAF C type Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF C type Flying Helmet - a 2nd pattern with an internal wiring loom which was introduced into RAF service in 1944 in excellent original condition. It is clearly stamped with the military broad arrow property mark and the stores reference number 22C/879 making this a size 3 helmet at 7 1/8-7 3/8th inches. The leather is still soft and generally above average condition with just the odd rub and scuff. All the goggle and oxygen mask snaps are in place and working and the chin strap retains its elasticity. The loom is in near perfect condition with the correct wartime bell shaped jack plug and the classic ‘hangman’s loop’ has been added to shorten the cord length. Receivers are marked 10A/13466 and the rubber receiver carriers are in great shape. Inside the lining is in excellent condition with no holes or damage. The size stamping is still clear and hand written is R.W.S. which we assume to be the initials of an original owner. The name Hampton has also been added but sadly no history with this one. The velvet brow pad is again perfect. Overall an excellent example of this classic RAF WW11/early post war flying helmet. We are also listing today a set of RAF Mk V111 goggles that would display perfectly with this example. A Recent Sale
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