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6710 RAF Original Snail Whistle - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Original Snail Whistle - A very clean issued example with clear embossing with King's Crown, AM, 23/230 and on reverse 293/14/L1795. Minimal wear to chrome and overall nice original condition and good working order! We have found it very effective here in the office in terminating the nuisance phone calls we are all sadly inundated with these days!

The suspension loop is still attached and these were often hung from the collar loop of aircrew battledress or from Mae West lifejackets. A small but indispensable rescue aid that must have saved the lives of many downed allied airmen in WW 11. This is a guaranteed period example unlike the many copies now appearing on the market.

£60.00
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6546 RAF Red Star Mk12T Distress Flare Tin - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Red Star Mk12T Distress Flare Tin - This example, which is now empty, would have contained three red star distress flares, designed to be used in conjunction with the standard RAF issue Very pistol and would have been included in both the single seat and multi place dinghy packs of WW11. Whilst the original paint shows some wear and surface rust that is hardly surprising after 73 years but the writing on it is still readable. The top would originally have been taped on to avoid moisture entering and is marked 'Do not remove sealing tape & open until cartridges are required'. The front detail confirms the contents as '3 Cartridges Signal 1" Red Mk12. T.' And 'Lot No' below. The same is written on the reverse side whilst on the side is 'Box No.381. Mk1'. In smaller writing towards the base is written '12MB/45' indicating the tin was made by the British Metal Box Company in 1945. The tin measures 3 1/2" x 2.75" (9cm x 6 cm) and an identical example is illustrated on page 68 of Mick Prodger's excellent Luftwaffe V RAF Flight Equipment reference book. This is example is not in quite such good condition as the one we have just sold and this is reflected in the price.

£35.00
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6382 WW 11 RAF Airspeed Oxford Propeller 1940 - Click for the bigger picture In Stock WW 11 RAF Airspeed Oxford Propeller 1940 - The Oxford (nicknamed by all as 'Ox-box') was used to prepare aircrews for Operations in RAF Bomber Command and could simultaneously train pilots, navigators, bombaimers,, gunners and radio operators on the same flight, so was a perfect mobile classroom in the sky. In addition to training duties, Oxfords were used in communications and anti-submarine roles and as air ambulances in the Middle East. As an interesting aside this prop is of fixed pitch yet the Oxford's instrument panel had a feathering control switch. When we queried this with one who is 'in the know' the answer was simple. Most aircrew training on the Oxford would go on to A/C with props that feathered. So they were taught how using a non-operative dummy switch which moved from coarse to fine pitch but was actually not connected to anything!

This is an absolutely superb examples that would be impossible to upgrade. No chips or dings and finished in original black RAF paint with yellow tips. The two data plates on the hub are spot on. One is clearly dated July 1940 and below two lead seals one with an AID inspectors stamp marked 31K.Below is stamped K9024 and 73090. Carrying the ultimate date of July 1940 it means this prop served during the Battle of Britain period, although of course the Oxford being a training aircraft did not take part directly. The other plaque is stamped with ' DRG No Z3810/4, Cheetah 1X and LH D7 5' P628'. This indicates the propeller drawing number (with Z confirming the manufacturers were the Airscrew Co. of Great Britain), the engine (a Mk 1X air-cooled Cheetah), left hand rotation and pitch and diameter of the blades.

It is a fantastic display size and makes a real statement as it measures 90" (229 cm) tip to tip and is 15” (38 cm) wide measured on the diameter of the hub on the wider side. In many ways it is reminiscent of the early Watts fixed pitch wooden propellers, the ultimate goal of all serious WW11 prop collectors and as fitted to Mk1 Spitfires and Hurricanes. Ours however is a fraction shorter and very significantly cheaper! As with all our stock feel free to request additional detailed photographs so you don't need to just take our word for how nice this pieces of WW11 RAF history really is! Due to its size we would prefer to sell this one on a collection only basis but feel free to check with us on possible delivery options. We have had a few examples of these over the years but this one really does tick all the boxes! And it is both 100% more original whilst less than a third of the price of a restored example currently on sale with a London dealer for £3,200!

£950.00
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OC75 Pilots Navigation Kit Briefcase - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Pilots Navigation Kit Briefcase - An original case clearly stamped to front ‘Pilots Navigation Kit Air Force United States Army. It also carries a fine AAF decal below and below that a line of writing has been deliberately obliterated. The could have ben the original owners name but perhaps more likely it was the US Army property mark which was removed when the case was used post war for civilian purposes. The briefcase, which is now empty, has clearly seen some quite heavy use with wear to both the brown grain leather and also to the olive drab fabric sides. The original ‘Conmar USA’ zip is fitted and whilst this still runs care needs to be taken in view of the wear to he olive drab fabric. The leather handles are both in place and in sound condition.

Inside is a fitted interior with files for storing navigation charts, other papers, a pencil slot and a name card mount. Evidence exists where various stickers have at some stage been applied to the interior. Sadly any history associated with this item has been lost down the years. A similar example is illustrated on page 162 & 163 of Jon Maguire’s excellent ‘Gear Up’ reference book. In view of the age related wear on this item it needs to be handled with care but would still provide an excellent backdrop to an appropriate USAAF display. Case measures 17” x 12” (43 cm x 30 cm).
£48.00
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1680 Luftwaffe/ Fallschirmjager Parachute Carry Bag - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Luftwaffe/ Fallschirmjager Parachute Carry Bag - Standard issue for both Luftwaffe aircrew and also Fallschirmjager troops and designed to carry both parachutes and harnesses. Made of coarse light brown hessian or burlap material with webbing handles and green cotton reinforced edges. These were fastened by ‘Lift the Dot’ fasteners that are stamped ‘Zieh Hier’(literally ‘Pull Here’).The reverse side is stamped DRP indicating, Deutsche Reichs Patent or German National Patent. This example is also embossed to the top flap with the Luftwaffe stores reference number Fl 30220. The bag is empty and has simply been display stuffed for photographic purposes. It is generally in excellent issued condition with just minor wear to the inner green edging material but this is hidden when closed. Measures 16” x 16”x 13” (40cm x 40cm x 33cm)

£125.00
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4467 Air Ministry Night Simulation Epidiascope Attachment - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Air Ministry Night Simulation Epidiascope Attachment - In a lifetime of collecting RAF memorabilia we have never seen one of these before. Whilst at school in the 1960’s I remember the Epidiascope being used to project images, text from books and photographs onto a white screen ; 50 years ago this all seemed very ‘high tec’ to myself and my classmates! The example we have here is rather special. It is nicely Air Ministry (A.M.) marked and carries reference nos 14A/3039 with ‘14A’ being the RAF parlance for all camera equipment. It is also embossed ‘NIGHT SIMULATION ATTACHMENT FOR EPIDIASCOPES USE WITH WHITE SCREEN AT 18 FT’. The instrument was clearly designed to be mounted over the epidiascopes lens and by altering the central slide filter made up of clear, opaque and dark glass different conditions could be simulated. The filter is marked ‘Slide Out’ for full moon, ‘Slide In’ for half moon and ‘Flap Down’ to simulate starlight -we assume when no moon. A pointer is attached to the filter top and this in turn can be read off on the top of the instrument depending on climatic conditions and height. So using the filter it was possible to project target photographs taken in daylight and simulate how the same view would look at night having factored in weather conditions, the state of the moon, general visibility and aircraft height. What makes this example potentially even more interesting is a typed label has been attached inside reading ‘Nuremberg Raid March 30/31st 1944.’ The RAF Bomber Command raid on Nuremberg on 30-31 March 1944 resulted in the highest number of aircrew losses for any single operation in World War 2. Out of 779 bombers sent to attack 105 did not return. 534 airmen made the final sacrifice and a further 157 were captured. We have no way of proving if this instrument was used at the Nuremburg briefing but if it was it makes it an item of significant historical appeal. The dark filter shows some age wear but everything is in place with the body being made from black painted brass. It would certainly make a unique addition to a Bomber Command collection or a perfect display item if you happened to own a 1940’s Ross military Epidiascope! Measures 7” across(18 cm) £145.00
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3040 Air Ministry Mechanics Oil Can by T.E.Bladon - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Air Ministry Mechanics Oil Can by T.E.Bladon - A good issued example in brass with a curved spout with a threaded tip but as usual the screw in stopper is absent.. The base of the spout is clearly stamped with the makers name T.E.Baldon (who also made oil lamps for the railways). This example carries an impressive Kings Crown and AM (Air Ministry) property mark and is dated 1940 so was clearly used in the RAF and would have served throughout WW 11 including the battle of Britain. The reservoir of the can is accessed by a removable threaded plug on the base..No doubt this was an essential piece of kit in an RAF 'Erk’s' tool box. Sadly no history with this one but no doubt it has a story to tell! Minor bumps and knocks commensurate with use but a modest but interesting display item in an RAF collection. Measures 9 ” (23 cm) £28.00
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5310 Luftwaffe Leuchtpistole Heeres Model 1928 Flare Pistol - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Luftwaffe Leuchtpistole Heeres Model 1928 Flare Pistol - This pattern was adopted to replace the M1894 of WW1 vintage and was carried by Luftwaffe single seat fighter pilots and many bomber crews throughout WW11. These were often carried in the special pocket incorporated within the Luftwaffe Channel Trousers Early models were made from steel but subsequently of aluminium alloy, introduced prior to the start of WW11. This is such an example and is clearly maker coded ‘ac’ indicating the manufacturer was Walther with the date code below for 1941. The blued finish has largely worn away from this example but is otherwise in excellent shape. The body is stamped 6890B together with various other makings including two clear Walther Waffenamt stamps with 359 below. Excellent Bakelite grips, lanyard ring and metalwork. The firing mechanism cocks and ‘fires’ firmly and the breach both opens and locks perfectly. This flare pistol comes with a deactivation certificate and can be legally owned in the UK without the need of a fire arms certificate. The RAF version, an example of which we have also listed today, seems very crude in comparison to this finely designed and engineered German model. A similar example is shown on page 54 of Mick Prodger's Luftwaffe V RAF Flying Equipment reference book. Measures 9.5" (24 cm) £325.00
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OC316 Spitfire Radio Antennae Mast Replica - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Spitfire Radio Antennae Mast Replica - On offer is a wooden replica of the radio mast fitted to the most iconic fighter of WW11. This example is a somewhat scaled down version of the original and measures 25 1/2” tall (65cm). Finished in olive drab paint it provides an attractive display item at a fraction of the cost of an original! £20.00
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3743 Grip and joystick from AT-6 Texan - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Grip and joystick from AT-6 Texan - We purchased this set as an unidentified aircraft stick at auction with no idea what it came off. We have subsequently been advised it would have been from an AT-6 Texan and is fitted with a US or Canadian made grip. The numbers stamped on the reverse state 73-61044 and separately IO. The Texan (or Harvard as it was known in RAF service) provided an advanced trainer capability for pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s. The grip is in generally very good condition although the paint has been mainly rubbed away. The gun button which seems to be some sort of alloy rather than brass is marked “safe and fire” and the back of the gun button is marked 66-61179-2. The grip cover is in generally good shape but one area of damage but when viewed from the front, it looks perfect. This one came complete with stick which is marked 52 52103 which has also been identified as Harvard. This is in the original paint and is in excellent condition. The bolts to secure the grip to the stick are missing but the holes line up exactly, although we can’t say for sure that this stick was used in conjunction with this grip in service. Measures 34” (87cm) £365.00
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OC347 Westland Whirlwind XJ 393 Access Panels - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Westland Whirlwind XJ 393 Access Panels - On offer are two aluminium panels that were originally fitted to Westland Whirlwind HAR 3, registration A2538 construction number 10A/57 and registration code XJ 393. This aircraft was the original prototype Mk111 Whirlwind and first flew on 27th June 1955. She spent most of her active life at Research Establishments (A&AEE, Defford, Pershore), before becoming an RN Instructional Airframe. She was then displayed at the now defunct Torbay Aircraft Museum and was finally scrapped in 1993.

The panels have faded green paint on outside and silver inside and with the aircraft code XJ 393 stencilled to each. Metal parts show some rust and age related staining. The panels fasten to the airframe with metal turn screws and one panel has a canvas pouch to the inside stencilled ‘Window Curtain Stowage (empty). We imagine these panels fitted over the crew compartment windows but stand to be corrected on this. If you are a Whirlwind fan or happen to have an old airframe in your back garden these could be just for you! Panel one measures 22 1/2” x 22 1/2” (57cm x 57cm) and panel two is 24 1/2 ” x 23” (62cm x 23cm.)
£25.00
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4557 Luftwaffe Aluminium Milk or Water Jug - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Luftwaffe Aluminium Milk or Water Jug - This pitcher, which we assume would have been for milk or water, is made from aluminium with a metal handle. It is stamped HRE 40 which is the German WW11 manufacturing code for the factory Heinrich Ritter Esslingen and indicates a year of manufacture 1940. The base carries a fine Luftwaffe eagle and FL.UV indicating ‘Flieger Unterkunft Verwaltung’, translated meaning ‘Flight Barracks Administration.’ Interestingly below the eagle is a very clear date 1939 so would appear this jug was made at the turn of the year 1939/40 based on the manufacturing code stamp date. This is the perfect item for a living history group or for a general Luftwaffe collector. In view of its size it makes a real statement and as a bonus would have certainly served through the battle of Britain period. Measures 15” high x 9” diameter at base (38 cm high x 22 cm diameter at base.) £48.00
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4479 Luftwaffe Gravy or Sauce Ladle - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Luftwaffe Gravy or Sauce Ladle - Constructed from one piece of lightweight aluminium, the ladle has a central raised ridge on the handle and is well marked with an impressed Luftwaffe eagle. The reverse of the handle is marked with impressed manufacturers code, "H.M.Z. 39" indicating made by Arbeitsgemeinschaft Holz des Klingensthaler Bezirkes GmbH, Brunndoebra which was located close to the German / Czechoslovakia border. The date of manufacture was 1939. It is also stamped "Fl. U.V." indicating, ‘Flieger Unterkunft Verwaltung’, translated meaning ‘Flight Barracks Administration’. Shows some service wear but generally very crisp and would have served throughout the Battle of Britain period. Measures 7.5” (19 cm) £38.00
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5561 Luftwaffe Dreieckrechner DR2 Flight computer - Click for the bigger picture Sold - Similar Available Luftwaffe Dreieckrechner DR2 Flight computer - In addition to mechanical and electrical radio directional navigation aids the Luftwaffe also utilized two different models of manual flight navigation devices which were basically circular slide rulers to assist in navigation calculations. These were referred to by flight crew as ‘Knemeyer’ and this example is in good issued condition is a Dreieckrechner DR 2 made by DENNERT & PAPE in Hamburg, Germany on April 1941. It also comes with a little provenance as we bought direct from the family of the original owner in Germany. Measures 6” diameter (15cm)
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5271 Mk. II & Mk. II* Gunsight Replacement Reflector - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Mk. II & Mk. II* Gunsight Replacement Reflector - Most of the original WWII figher gunsights we see have chipped or broken reflectors fitted. Original replacements are both difficult to find and expensive, so we have here a much cheaper and practical solution. This item has been made up to the original dimensions using optically corrected perspex. Fitted to an original gunsight, it is virtually impossible to tell it is not an original item as you can see on the attached picture showing an identical example use on my Spitfire cockpit section project. We currently only have one example in stock but more are on order and are expected in soon. 4.5" square (114mm) £35.00
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4372 Air Ministry Salters No. 20T Trade Spring Scales - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Air Ministry Salters No. 20T Trade Spring Scales - In a lifetime collecting RAF memorabilia, this is the first set of RAF issue scales we have ever seen. These are clearly marked on the brass dial with a crown, A.M. and 4A/NIV C22B and B122754/40, thus dating the instrument to 1940 and highly likely it served through the Battle of Britain. The dial is also engraved Silvesters Patent, Made in England, to weigh 150 lbs. On the back of the instrument is painted C Flight, although sadly no squadron details. We do not know the exact use for these scales but possibly for weighing kit bags and personal items prior to an overseas posting to calculate the aircraft's loading weights. We spoke to a specialist Salter's scale collector and he too confirmed the rarity of this item and suspect we will wait a long time to find another. It is heavy, so please check delivery costs with us before ordering. Dial diameter 15.5" (39cm) £145.00
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4514 Wellworthy Trench Art Piston Ashtray - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Wellworthy Trench Art Piston Ashtray - Manufactured from an original piston marked: Wellworthy 567401 4 Injectorbide A6/11599 Alfin AEC LOEX HMB. We have no idea what engine this would have been used in, although the Wellworthy factory was established in 1919, supplying engine components to the aircraft industry and finally closed for business in 1989. This example is particulary attractively engineered. Diameter 5.25" (13.5cm) £45.00
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2179 'Spider's Web' Gun Sight - Click for the bigger picture Reduced 'Spider's Web' Gun Sight - Believed to be from a Bofor's gun, the sight is in excellent original condition with evidence of original black paint. It is marked near the mount 7. A/2186 and on the reverse LMSD62. The circle diameter is 19cm (7.5") and it stands 28cm (11"). £29.00
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6264 RAF PRU Aircraft Camera Control Box Type 35 - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF PRU Aircraft Camera Control Box Type 35 - With official designation 'Control Box Type 35 Stores reference 14A/2206' it was designed to work in conjunction with the F24 camera, first introduced in 1925 and used by British and Allied armed forces during WW11 and post war. We are advised, with information provided by the Imperial War Museum, these units were designed by the Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York.

The F 24 was installed in a wide variety of fighters and bomber aircraft including the PRU Spitfire, the Lancaster and the Mosquito. It was set up to work on the "robot" principle. When the pilot or bomb-aimer presses a button, the rest can be safely left to the T.35 control unit, an ingenious device which can control a whole series of operations—from a 500 exposure reconnaissance requiring exposures at regular intervals, to the synchronisation of the flash explosion of bomb bursts during an operation.

The instrument itself looks to be in good used condition and the original grey paintwork shows wear commensurate with light service use. The top dial can be set to the interval in seconds for the exposures from 5 to 50 seconds The bottom dial controls the number of exposures with a scale from 1 to 125. The unit is marked 24 volts and whilst not dated we believe this to be from the late WW11 period or early post war as the T.35 remained in use until the mid-1950’s when it was fitted to such aircraft as the Canberra. Whilst we are offering as a collectable and can’t guarantee it still works it looks to be in first class condition. The Photo Reconnaissance Unit of the RAF is often undervalued but the PRU boys carried out a critical function often in unarmed aircraft. This controller would make a wonderful addition to a specialist or general RAF collection. Box measures 8"x 4.5" x3" (20cm x 11cm x7.5cm) The unit weighs 1.8 kilos unpacked so please check for a delivered price before ordering!

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6709 P-39 Airocobra Landing Gear Clutch Lever - Click for the bigger picture Sold P-39 Airocobra Landing Gear Clutch Lever - The Bell P-39 Airacobra was one of the principal American fighter aircraft in service when the United States entered World War II. It was operated by the USAAF, the Soviet Air Force, the Free French and the RAF and it scored the highest number of individual kills attributed to any U.S. fighter type in the Eastern European theatre.

It is rare to find identifiable crash recovered cockpit parts but this is the exception. The landing gear clutch handle was mounted in a horizontal position on the port side of the cockpit and would have been operated by the pilots left hand. Sadly the history of the crash site has been lost but the handle and attached gear remains in remarkably good condition with significant amount of the original paint still in place and with the clear lettering to the top of the handle we had no problems identifying the part. It will display well in a collection but if you happen to be rebuilding a P-39 cockpit in your garage this could prove indispensable! Handle measures 3.3" (9 cm)

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5412 RAF Dinghy Leak Stoppers - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Dinghy Leak Stoppers - On offer are 6 individual stoppers that would have formed part of the aircrew dinghy pack. The smaller sets comprised three bungs and would normally be included in the K type pack issued to single seat fighter pilots. This set includes the additional larger sizes so is more likely to have been issued to Bomber Command aircrew, to be used in conjunction with the larger H or Q type multi crew dinghies. If the dinghy was holed the threaded section of the bungs would be screwed into the fabric of the boat to form a repair by simply 'stopping' the hole. To save space the stoppers are designed to be inserted one into another for storage purposes. The smallest plug no1 is wooden but the reminder are rubber and are numbered 2-6 with '6' being the largest diameter. A small but critical piece of kit for survival at sea and no doubt many aircrew who were forced to ditch at sea would owe their lives to this ingenious device. This set is in mint and unissued condition and still carries the French chalk applied when manufactured. We were fortunate to to procure a few sets of these but this is the last one and when it is gone it is gone. A Recent Sale
6713 Air Ministry Light Switch - Click for the bigger picture Sold Air Ministry Light Switch - An original example featuring a porcelain back plate and domed brass cover and switch gear. Clearly embossed to the brass with a Kings Crown and below the Air Ministry stores reference number 5A/450. RAF equipment designate in the 5A series covered ground lighting so we believe this to be a standard light switch used throughout RAF bases in WW11.

The porcelain mount carries various stampings to the reverse including 'BCM Registered Ektrik' who we assume to be the maker and registered name. Condition is excellent and the switch spring remains firm but this item is for sale purely as a collectable as we doubt it complies with UK let alone EU current legislation! Measures 2.5" diameter (6.2 cm)

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6663 WW11 Air Ministry Issue Fitters Callipers - Click for the bigger picture Sold WW11 Air Ministry Issue Fitters Callipers - We have had numerous examples of these over the years but this set is larger than the norm measuring 6.5" long (16.5 cm).They are in really good issued condition and carry a Kings Crown and below A.M. (for Air Ministry) as well as he all important date of 1940 so would have certainly served through the Battle of Britain. The instrument is also embossed with the makers name Geo Plumpton & Co of Warrington. The same embossing is repeated on the reverse side not shown in our picture. Another modestly priced genuine wartime period item that would make an idea stocking filler for the aviation collector in you life. A Recent Sale
2437 Luftwaffe Fliegerblinkgerat Airfield Signal Lamp - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Fliegerblinkgerat Airfield Signal Lamp - This is the first example of these we have ever had and is in superb original condition and still with most of the Luftwaffe grey paint intact. Model number 124-502A1 and the manufacturer's code is blc, indicating it was made by the renowned optical manufacturer Zeiss. Compete with optical sight and signal switch, together with a length of electical cable but lacking plug. These lamps were used to signal to Luftwaffe aircraft approaching the airfield when conventional radio communication was not possible. A rare and orignal optical instrument. Diameter of lens 24cm (9.5"). A Recent Sale
4882 RAF tropical Issue Snake Bite Lancet - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF tropical Issue Snake Bite Lancet - These ingenious tools were developed by the Air Ministry to be carried by aircrew serving in the Far East theatre as part of the tropical survival kit 27P/19 in conjunction with the Beadon lightweight flying suit. The container is made from chrome plated brass and is embossed with the makers name Gardner Co. London as well as a crown and an A.M (Air Ministry) property mark. One end unscrews to reveal a small chromed lancet blade used to cut out the venom from a snake bite. The other end unscrews to reveal a cavity that would have originally contained a potassium permanganate capsule for use on the bite ; this is now absent. The chrome finish shows minor surface wear but generally an excellent original example. Measures 1 9/10” (6 cm) A Recent Sale
3669 1941 Pattern Mae West Floating Light and Battery Housing - Click for the bigger picture Sold 1941 Pattern Mae West Floating Light and Battery Housing -

The RAF 1941 Pattern Mae West was first introduced in July 1941 and whilst it evolved as the war continued it remained the standard 'waistcoat, lifesaving, stole inflated' pattern until well into the 1950's. One of the improvements made occurred in July 1943 when two cylindrical pockets were added on the lower right hand side designed to house a floating lamp and attached battery pack. The example we have on offer here is such a lamp, issued against stores reference 5A/2728. This is the correct item for display with a '41 vest as opposed to the more commonly seen 'Easco' lamp which is not.

The cylindrical metal battery container retains most of its original blue paint and carries a clear Kings Crown, A.M. and the stores reference number detailed above. What lifts this one above the norm is it still carries its original paper label which clearly states made by G.E.C and is described as 'Floating Light Life- Jacket'. Below is a photo of an airman wearing a Mae West and carrying the lamp followed by instructions for us. The base of the battery housing carries a metal seal and the instructions indicate 'In emergency ONLY break the seal by pushing base sharply upwards and turning to right'. The seal on this example remains intact. A final detail is the label is marked 'reprinted March 1943' so is an early production example when stocks were clearly being prepared for the introduction into service in July '43.

The floating lamp is made from wood and metal and the lamp cover and bulb remain in place. The base is marked' Made in England, L 611, G.E.C' and a patent number. The one issue with this set, which is apparent on most that we see, is the the wiring insulation is hardened, cracked and perished. It would be possible to replace this with appropriate modern wiring for display purposes but we prefer to leave it in its current original condition. These are now getting increasingly hard to find and other than the wiring issue is a really crisp and wartime dated example.

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6545 RAF Dinghy Pack Very Pistol Red Star Distress Cartridge Tin - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Dinghy Pack Very Pistol Red Star Distress Cartridge Tin -

Another essential rescue aid which we are listing today. This tin, which is now empty, would have contained three red star distress flares designed to be used in conjunction with the standard RAF issue Very pistol and would have been included in both the single seat and multi place dinghies of WW11. Whilst the original paint shows some wear and surface rust that is hardly surprising after 73 years but the writing on it is still readable. The top would originally have been taped on to avoid moisture entering and is marked 'Do not remove sealing tape & open until cartridges are required'. The front detail confirms the contents as '3 Cartridges Signal 1" Red Mk12. T.' And 'Lot No' below. The same is written on the reverse side whilst on the side is 'Box No.381. Mk1'. In smaller writing towards the base is written '12MB/45' indicating the tin was made by the British Metal Box Company in 1945. The tin measures 3 1/2" x 2.75" (9cm x 6 cm) and an identical example is illustrated on page 68 of Mick Prodger's excellent Luftwaffe V RAF Flight Equipment reference book.

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4083 British WW11 Molins MK 2 no 5 1' Very Pistol - Click for the bigger picture Sold British WW11 Molins MK 2 no 5 1' Very Pistol -

These were standard issue to the RAF in WW11 and were supplied with both one-man and multi- place dinghies to enable downed RAF aircrew to attract the attention of passing aircraft or ships. They were also carried by fighter pilots tucked into their flying boots so to hand if required in an emergency. This example is numbered 087963 whilst the hammer is stamped M 601. Online research indicates this is a manufacturers mark indicating it was made by I.L. Berridge & Co, who were a commercial knitting machine manufacturer based in Leicester. Berridge apparently made over 200,000 examples of this model during the war and were issued to the RAF, Navy and the Army.

This example shows some pitting to the barrel and frame and the original blued finish is largely worn away but it remains a good solid display example of a model that is getting increasingly hard to find now.. It is broad arrow marked and the lug on the left side of the barrel enabled RAF aircrew to lock the pistol into a locator fitted to the aircraft fuselage so a flare could be discharged from within. The pistol cocks and ‘fires’ with a very positive action and the grips remain in good condition, as is the retracting lanyard loop. This flare gun comes complete with a deactivation certificate indicating it was deactivated back in 2003 and is therefore legal to own in the UK by anyone over the age of 18 without a firearms certificate. This class is fortunately outside of the over the top revised deactivation regulations introduced by out EU 'masters' this year. It is hoped after 'Brexit' our Government will see sense and abolish these draconian regulations that are a nightmare for both collectors and dealers alike. Interestingly the Deac certificate indicates it was made by Enfield so we stand to be corrected on this if our Berridge information is inaccurate. An identical example is illustrated in Mick Prodger excellent reference book 'Luftwaffe V RAF Flying Equipment of the Air War 1939-45' on pages 68 & 69 and it measures 8” (20 cm). Please note this item is only available to customers based in the UK, due to difficulties in shipping weapons overseas and as stated is restricted to collectors aged 18 or over.

Please also check out the (empty) WW11 flare cartridge tin we have also listed today that would be a perfect display accompaniment to this flare pistol.

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6563 Air Ministry Half Gill Spirit Measure - Click for the bigger picture Sold Air Ministry Half Gill Spirit Measure - The Gill was introduced in the 14th century to measure individual servings of spirits or wine. In Great Britain, the standard single measure of spirits in a pub was 1⁄6 gill (23.7 ml) but was discontinued after metrication. Half of a gill is a jack, so an eighth of a pint. Our measure is made from English pewter by Gaskell Chambers Ltd of Birmingham, established in 1892. Gaskell and Chambers did not just deal in pewter but supplied an assortment of fixtures and fittings for the bar trade in general. Their premises were bombed by the Luftwaffe in1941 but they survived the war (minus their records!) but sold out James Smellies in the early 1970s, but finally shut up shop in 1983.

Gaskell and Chambers catalogues showed a wide range of products available but the bulk of their production was beer mugs and measures. Their products, as our measure, were marked under the base ‘Gaskell and Chambers Birmingham’ and with a further stamp inside with a crowned ‘X’ with a triangle below. Whilst these measures turn up regularly this is the first we have seen that was specifically destined for the RAF. It is marked to the base with an indistinct crown and below A.M. (for the Air Ministry) and is numbered 661821/37 so manufactured in 1937 specifically for the RAF. Below is stores reference number 21C/777. RAF Stores reference '21' covered an assortment of 'Barrack Equipment', and sub category 'C' encompassed 'Metal Ware'.

Other less scrupulous dealers (who I won’t name) would indicate this came direct from behind the bar at the Petwood Hotel. I prefer to think it was used by the late Geoffrey 'Boy' Wellum, after a successful fighter sweep with 92 Squadron chums at Biggin Hill. For those who have not read 'First Light' I suggest you secure a copy now and I am currently enjoying it even more for a second time around! So whilst this measures history has been lost down the years for sure with its pre-war manufacturing date it clearly served throughout WW11 and as we so often say 'if it could only talk '. Whilst small (measures just 2 1/2" high/6 cm) it is beautifully formed! An ideal stocking filler for the RAF collector in your life and why not add a copy of my ' book of the month' 'First Light' which is available via Amazon. com!

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5411 RAF Dinghy Leak Stopper Set - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Dinghy Leak Stopper Set - On offer are 6 individual stoppers that would have formed part of the aircrew dinghy pack. The smaller sets comprised three bungs and would normally be included in the K type pack issued to single seat fighter pilots. This set includes the additional larger sizes so is more likely to have been issued to Bomber Command aircrew, to be used in conjunction with the larger H or Q type multi crew dinghies. If the dinghy was holed the threaded section of the bungs would be screwed into the fabric of the boat to form a repair by simply 'stopping' the hole. To save space the stoppers are designed to be inserted one into another for storage purposes. The smallest plug no1 is wooden but the reminder are rubber and are numbered 2-6 with '6' being the largest diameter. A small but critical piece of kit for survival at sea and no doubt many aircrew who were forced to ditch at sea would owe their lives to this ingenious device. This set is in mint and unissued condition and still carries the French chalk applied when manufactured. A Recent Sale
6403 Easco Life Jacket Light - Click for the bigger picture Sold Easco Life Jacket Light - This example when purchased was fitted to a 1941 pattern Mae West. The battery container is stamped with makers details on the base ' EASCO PATENT No 540862 LIFE JACKET LIGHT.' We understand this patent number dates to 1940 and these lamps were used to aid location and recovery of those who had the misfortune to end up in the sea. It is in good issued condition for a some minor scratches to metal parts. The battery unit comprises a black metal body with screw on lid, with a length of plastic coated black flex extends 56cm to a black painted metal bracket with a bulldog clip attached with a bulb and round red plastic cover attached. The wiring is in excellent original condition. A Recent Sale
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