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6805 Luftwaffe Blendspiegel - Click for the bigger picture Reserved Luftwaffe Blendspiegel - An extremely scarce Luftwaffe emergency signalling mirror, complete with its even scarcer fabric case that was more often discarded or lost. These heliographs were Luftwaffe aircrew issue against FL 415 610 and were constructed of plated steel, which was highly polished on one side and with decal instructions for use fixed to the reverse. The instructions in German are : Achtung! Blendlicht von unten nach oben in Richtung Flugzeug werfen. Jn kurzen abstanden diesen vorgang solange wiederholen bis Erkennug sicher. Planloses Herumblinken zwecklos. FL 415610. Loosely translated we understand this means : Caution! Throw glare from bottom to top towards the aircraft. In a short time repeat this process until recognition is certain. Flashing around aimlessly serves no purpose. These instruments were usually carried stored in a pocket of the Channel Trousers or for convenience the case was generally discarded and instead directly tied to the schwimmweste, often using a gravity knife lanyard (as the example we are also listing today!)

On offer is a particularly fine example that beats the odds in that the yellow cotton issue case remains with it, unlike most. This is clearly stamped Blendspiegel Fl. 414610 and other than some wear to one edge the cover remains in remarkably good condition. The instrument itself is very fine with no rust or other damage and virtually all the transfer instructions remaining in place whilst the ‘business side’ mirror is crisp and un marked. This item also came with interesting provenance, coming from the family of a British soldier who served with 11th Air Formation Signals within the Royal Corps of Signals. This was an army unit which provided line communications for 83 Group 2 Tactical Air Force. They landed in Normandy on 7th June'44 and the unit moved through France, Belgium and Holland as the war progressed finally reaching the Luneberg area in N Germany in mid-1945. By August 1945 they was billeted at the former Luftwaffe airfield of Fliegerhorst Celle-Wietzenbruch in Celle, Lower Saxony, that was captured by the allies on 11th April 1945. On return home the serviceman brought this Blendspiegel, along with souvenirs found at the abandoned Luftwaffe base and it remained untouched in safe storage with his family until recently purchased by us.

In 20+ years of trading and in a lifetime as a collector this is the first example that we have owned. Like so much these days the Blendspiegel is being replicated so it is very much a case of 'Caveat Emptor' when considering a purchase. We are however, as with all our stock, happy to guarantee both the item and the stated provenance. It would be hard to find such a crisp example and for once we don’t need to ask the open ended question ‘if it could only talk!Measures approximately6 ½” x 3 ¼” (16.5cm x 8.0 cm)

 
PC220 Luftwaffe AK39 Armbandkompass with extension strap - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Luftwaffe AK39 Armbandkompass with extension strap - The AK39 Wrist Compass was first introduced in 1939 for use by German aircrew for navigation purposes if forced to abandon their aircraft. Whilst designed for wrist use, as its name implies, but many period photographs exist of it attached to Schwimmweste, or other bits of flight equipment. The AK39 came in two variants and this example is the first specification; the very early production models had a solid black bezel that was followed by a translucent bezel as here.

These early compasses were generally manufactured by the Kadlec Instrumente-Fabrik Elektrische Instrumente of Prag Czechoslovakia, while under German occupation, although this example does not give any clues as to who made it on the dial. The reverse of the black plastic case is embossed with the full specification including Armbandkompass; interestingly below it normally read ‘Bauart Kadlec’ confirming the maker and it looks as though this may have been ground out although an identical example is shown on page 311 of ‘Deutsche Luftwaffe’ and was probably done in production to avoid telling the enemy where the production facility was based. Below the removed wording is ‘Baumuster AK 39’, ‘Werk nr. 10152808’ and the Luftwaffe requisition number, Anforderz Fl 23235. The compass card swings freely and the bezel rotates as intended but like most examples we see the air bubble is slightly larger than intended, but the oil remains very clear. The compass is fitted with the original wrist strap and buckle that remains in good issued condition. As a really nice bonus item this example is fitted with an original leather strap extension that was designed so the compass could be wrist worn over a heavy flying suit or jacket The compass diameter is 2.4” or 6cm. A fine example of the early model that would sit happily in any Luftwaffe collection.

£175.00
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PC217 Luftwaffe Gravity Knife Lanyard - Click for the bigger picture Reserved Luftwaffe Gravity Knife Lanyard - Whilst convincing replica lanyards exist originals hardly ever come on the market, but this is one such occasion. This is an early pattern that was found in the pocket of a set of period Channel Trousers and is entirely new to the market. The lanyard is fitted with metal clips either end (research indicates late war examples only carried a single clip due to material shortages) with one end designed to attach to the swing loop of the 'Fliegerkappmesser', that was introduced for use by both parachutists and aircrew in 1937. The other end was fixed to a loop inside the pocket of the ‘Kanal’ trousers to secure it in an emergency. The woven beige cord remains in absolutely sound condition with the metal clips being secured by a looped and whipped end. The inner sprung edge of the clips features a serrated pattern, which is a further sure sign of an original lanyard. The extended length is 56” (142cm).An identical example is illustrated on page 321 of ‘Deutsche Luftwaffe’(as illustrated here). In 20+ years of trading this is the first original lanyard we have had in and is competitively priced seeing its scarcity and rather better value than a second pattern example currently on offer elsewhere at EU 345 whilst another sold on US E Bay in May 2018 for $250.00  
3116 Luftwaffe Dreieckrechner DR2 Flight computer - Click for the bigger picture In Stock 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 rules to assist in navigation calculations. These were referred to by flight crew as ‘Knemeyer’ after the inventor Siegfried Knemeyer (5 April 1909 – 11 April 1979) who was a German aeronautical engineer, aviator and the Head of Technical Development at the Reich Ministry of Aviation during World War II. The earliest examples date from around June 1936 with the latest being dated November 1942.

This example is in good issued condition made by DENNERT & PAPE in Hamburg, Germany on April 1941 and carries Fl no 23825. The metal edges to the instrument show minor rubbing to the original paint finish as is to be expected. Both top and bottom dials show signs of service use but everything operates as intended and would sit happily in a Luftwaffe or general aviation collection. Measures 6” diameter (15cm)

£125.00
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1799 Luftwaffe AK39 Armbandkompass - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Luftwaffe AK39 Armbandkompass - The AK39 Wrist Compass was first introduced in 1939 for use by German aircrew for navigation purposes if forced to abandon their aircraft. Whilst designed for wrist use, as its name implies, many period photographs exist of it attached to Schwimmweste, or other bits of flight equipment. The AK39 came in two variants and this example is the first specification; these were generally manufactured by the Kadlec Instrumente-Fabrik Elektrische Instrumente of Prag Czechoslovakia, while under German occupation, although this example does not give any clues as to who made it. The reverse of the black plastic case is embossed with the full specification including Armbandkompass, followed by Baumuster AK 39, Werk nr. 10244972 and the Luftwaffe requisition Fliegermaterial number, Anforderz Fl 23235. The compass card swings freely but like most examples we see the air bubble is slightly larger than intended, but the oil remains very clear. The compass is fitted with the original wrist strap and buckle that remains in good issued condition. Generally this is an above the average example that would sit happily in any collection. The compass diameter is 2.4” or 6cm. £135.00
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5212 A Genuine Post War RAF Ensign ( and a few words of warning!) - Click for the bigger picture In Stock A Genuine Post War RAF Ensign ( and a few words of warning!) - Many in the RAF collecting fraternity may also have noticed the plethora of “ Battle of Britain RAF 1940 dated airfield flags” that are cropping up on a weekly basis for sale on that well known online auction site. I and many of our dealer/collector colleagues hate to see the public being apparently convinced to part with their hard earned funds on modern fakes masquerading as the real deal. So a few timely words of warning.

The extremely limited number of genuine wartime RAF ensigns we have had here over the years very rarely have decipherable stampings and even less have clear dates as these have generally faded through use in the elements or washed out over the years. The ones that do retain decipherable stampings tend to be Broad Arrow property marked not A.M. and we have never yet seen a wartime flag with the town of origin, as were this to happen this would have simply been a calling card for Hermann Göring’s crews. The fakes currently seem to favour Sheffield or Oxford as the fictitious places of origin for some unknown reason. Other tell tail signs are wartime ensigns were made with overlaid pieces of cotton fabric stitched together not simply screen printed. They carried coir rope with brass Inglefield clips to attach to the flag mast not white nylon. Generally these fakes look too fresh although the latest batch are being roughed up and dirtied to make them look more authentic. We also see other ensigns being offered including the ultimate rarity “WW1 RAF 5 feet long RFC royal flying corps airfield linen flag dated 1918”. In a lifetime of collecting I have yet to handle a genuine RFC ensign. Please note the sellers are cleverly not saying these items were made back then they are just ‘dated 1940’ which may be a slight of hand but might just protect them from litigation. Today as we write this listing several examples are on offer with a ‘1940’ example already having attracted 30 bids and currently at £225.00 Can we politely suggest if you have bid or are even slightly tempted by such a listing to first get in touch with the seller and ask him to categorically guarantee in writing the item is a genuine RAF/RFC period ensign and not a modern copy. Never has “Caveat emptor” or "Let the buyer beware" been more applicable. If it looks too good to be true it probably is…….

Oh yes we nearly forgot. Whilst this listing is mainly to ‘flag’ (pun intended!) the dangers of this fraudulent activity we are also prepared to sell this Guaranteed GENUINE 1991 dated RAF issue station ensign. It was not made in Oxford or Sheffield but by quality manufactures Zephyr Flags & Banners of Thrapston(established in 1969) in Northants. It carries the RAF stores reference code 6345-99-125-1140 and a Broad Arrow property mark. It is a large size at 8’ x 4’ (244 cm x 122 cm). It is made to the correct post WW11 specification with a printed roundel and union flag against an air force blue cotton background. It has a nylon line attached and is fitted with brass Inglefield clips. We would love to say it was used at Biggin Hill or Debden but sadly we can’t. It appears to be in virtually unflown condition. "You pays your money and takes your choice" but if this listing saves any collector wasting money on fakery and fraud we have achieved a minor victory today!

£85.00
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6743 RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite -

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

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

£45.00
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6301 RAF Type 48 Magnetic Microphone - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Type 48 Magnetic Microphone - A standard WW11 example of the type fitted to the E, E* and G pattern oxygen masks. It carries an embossed stores reference code 10A/12570 to the face plate as well as the microphone 'On' and 'Off' switch. The microphone is wired up with a wartime specification flecked short cord and a two pin female connector to plug into an internally wired RAF C, D or E pattern flying helmet. A near identical example is shown on page 46 top left of Mick Prodger's excellent Luftwaffe V RAF Flight clothing book. We discovered a small quantity of these in a forgotten warehouse and these appear to never have been issued. Other than a minor mark to the face plate it appears in near perfect condition. Interestingly the box in which this example was discovered has written outside ‘checked 30/6/44’ and below a further check date of 22/11/44. Like all our kit for sale as a collectable but we would not be surprised if this is not still in good working order -despite the passing of close to 75 years!

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

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

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

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

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

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

£85.00
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OC451 Gosport Connector Tube - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Gosport Connector Tube - Another item that has just come in with a box of assorted aircraft instruments which we are currently listing. This is another first for us and believe it is a section of semi flexible metal tubing that would have facilitated instructor and pupil to communicate via their Gosport tubes, perhaps from a DH Tiger Moth? We surmise this as the chromed metal ends exactly fit the male ends of a Gosport tube and frankly we can’t think what other aviation use this item may have had. Of course if any visitors to the site can add any words of wisdom we will add these to this description. The black finished tube appears in excellent condition and remains semi flexible; the slightly flared chromed ends carry a little surface rust as shown but all in all it is basically sound. Tube measures 19.75” (50 cm) end to end. Tube diameter at each end is.75” (1.75 cm). £12.00
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6635 RAF Altimeter Mk XV11A - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Altimeter Mk XV11A - These were designed as cabin altimeters for the navigators use, calibrated according to the I.C.A.N. Law and recording a height of up to 35,000 feet. Whilst this example is not dated we believe it to be of post war manufacture but this pattern was used on a variety of aircraft including the Lancaster, again for the navigators use. The instrument features a lubber line visible through an aperture in the face of the dial. The dial is also marked with stores reference number 6A/1538 whilst the back of the case is Broad Arrow property marked. A very crisp instrument but like all our stock on offer for sale as a collectable only. Dial diameter is 3.25" (8.5cm)

£25.00
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6633 Rate of Climb Mk 3(P)* Instrument - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Rate of Climb Mk 3(P)* Instrument - An excellent post WW2 RAF example dating from 1961 and the Mk3 variant was fitted in a variety of aircraft of the period including the great Avro Vulcan, Canberra, Meteor and Hunter. The dial is in excellent condition and confirms manufactured by Kelvin Hughes and is further marked KRA 0205. The reverse of the instrument has an MOD data plate repeating all the spec details as well as a serial nos GP 587/61 thus confirming the date of manufacture. The dial is graduated with a scale of 0-4 indicating rate of climb (or decent) of 1000 feet per minute. This item is for sale as a collectable only. The diameter of the instrument measured across the dial is 3.25" (8.5cm) £20.00
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5653 Original DH82 Tiger Moth Propeller and Spinner - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Original DH82 Tiger Moth Propeller and Spinner - This example was purchased for my own collection back in 2011 and has since that date has graced the wall of our Oldnautibits HQ. However a growing collection of assorted propellers has necessitated a thinning out of the collection and it is time for this stunning example to be rehomed. It last flew on DH82 De Havilland Tiger Moth 11 back in 1987. The airframe construction number is 82102 and was manufactured in 1939 was taken on charge with the Royal Air Force with serial number N6847. On line research indicates the airframe was converted to a Thruxton Jackaro and obtained its C of A 15th May 1959 but was converted back to the Tiger Moth spec in 1984 and is currently airworthy in its original RAF configuration and colour scheme.

The propeller, despite being in very good condition, comes without paperwork and is for sale purely as an impressive display piece and is of a fine pitch variety. The previous owner made up a very useful metal wall mount which is included with the sale and is set off by a metal spinner as shown in our illustration. The hub has various stampings on it but these are largely obscured by the paintwork. As shown in the photograph the wooden propeller is finished in a high gloss black lacquer with yellow tips. It measures 80" long (2030 cm) tip to tip and weighs about 8 kilos. As with all out stock more detailed pictures are available on request. Personal pick up would be preferred on this one but we can look into the possibility of courier delivery if you can advise the destination address. We have noticed a replica Tiger Moth prop currently for sale in the UK over £1000; here you can buy an original with mount and spinner for rather less!

£750.00
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6710 RAF Original Snail Whistle - Click for the bigger picture In 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 Sold - Similar Available 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!

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

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

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6823 WWII Luftwaffe drogue parachute - Click for the bigger picture Sold WWII Luftwaffe drogue parachute - A first class example of a Luftwaffe drogue parachute or in the local vernacular "Hilfsschirm" or "help parachute" that would originally have been contained in either a pilot’s seat or back pack type ‘chute. Made of silk the diameter of the canopy is about 24” (61 cm) and retains all its original cords as shown. The end loop would have originally been attached to the top of the main canopy by a short length of cable and when the D ring was pulled would have exited first from the pack and be opened by the folded spring frame inside and so ensure the full canopy deploys with all possible speed. The edge of the drogue is fully stamped with a very crisp Luftwaffe eagle and below 2. Sturzkampfgruppen Kommando. Our research indicates this refers to a dive bomber Group, so could well relate to use by JU 87 Stuka aircrew. Alongside is a crisp ‘BA 1761’ stamp applied by the quality control department in the factory and standing for ‘Betriebs Aufsicht’ and below a clear production date of 11 July 1942. Adjoining this is a further stamp reading 315585 which is probably the production werk number. The canopy remains in good original condition with just minor age related marks but no damage. The spring mechanism still functions exactly as intended and all the lines are intact although the cable attachment is absent. Now becoming a scarce item and the perfect size to display withing a collection.

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

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

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

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6802 RAF First Aid Outfit For Air Crews MK11 - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF First Aid Outfit For Air Crews MK11 - These packs are becoming increasingly rare and few now turn up as crisp as this example. Designed to be carried by all aircrew in a designated pocket in their service or battledress uniform and were introduced following lessons learned during the Battle of Britain. Burns to aircrew were the most common types of injuries and the rubberised sealed canvas pack contained cotton bandages, ampoules, anti-burn Mitten impregnated with antiseptic ointment, anti-burn jelly in a 1oz tube, large wound dressings and safety pins.

The pouches were issued as a Mk1, 11 or 111 variant, this being a Mk11. The outside of the canvas is printed on both sides with a list of contents, as well as ‘Pull to Open’ and basic instructions for use. It also carries an AM stamp and King’s Crown on both sides as well as the designation ‘Mk11’. These pack was opened by tearing at the top corners via two tabs and of the limited number that have survived over the last 70+ years many if not most have been opened by inquisitive hands. This example remains in as issued and unopened condition with the full contents inside, although we have no way of telling the condition of the contents today. The canvas cover remains in virtually unmaked condition and all the writing remains clear and readable. Unopened examples are significantly more desirable and this one clearly matches the collectors maxim ‘buy the best you can afford’. Dimensions: 5 3/4" x 5 3/4"x 1 1/2”. (15cm x 15cm x 3cm)

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