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4882 RAF tropical Issue Snake Bite Lancet - Click for the bigger picture In Stock 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) £85.00
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6269 RAF Ditching Whistle - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Ditching Whistle - A good original example of the early chromed Air Ministry whistle; this was replaced later in WW11 by a white plastic example that was carried in the pocket of a 41 pattern Mae West life jacket. Ours carries a crisp Kings Crown and A.M. below. It is then embossed 293/AA/22 Con14C. I would say this one is pretty much a dead ringer for the one shown in Mick Prodger’s Luftwaffe V RAF flight Equipment book top centre of page 39 where he describes as ‘an early example.’ The chrome finish is in good issued condition and comes complete with hanging ring and these were often attached to the Mae West of the collar of the battle dress blouse. It still functions with a very loud blast exactly as intended 75 years ago. A small but essential piece of RAF escape equipment to which many downed RAF aircrew owed their lives. £65.00
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4411 Luftwaffe Parachute canopy - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Luftwaffe Parachute canopy - This one is a bit of a mystery! The canopy is of small size measuring just 60” diameter (152 cm). It is Luftwaffe issue as it is clearly embossed with a Betriebs Aufsicht (BA) inspection stamp of the German Wehrmacht and numbered below 14019. It also carries German manufacturers factory code ‘ecg’ who we have traced to C & M Brüggemann KG, Mechanische Werkstätte / Flugzeug-Gerade who manufactured parachute equipment since 1936. This company are still in business today and we contacted the them to see if they could help us with intended us of this parachute but they were unable to do so. Sadly no Fl number is detailed to help us and the only other clues we have are an embroidered number inside that reads 1365 and a further embossed number W246909. We have discussed intended use with various dealer and collector friends. The high visibility yellow with red strips would indicate it was designed to be seen in the air (target dropping) or perhaps to aid pick up if used to drop rescue or survival equipment to downed aircrew, perhaps in snow or over the sea. The other theory is it was used to carry a parachute flare to illuminate a target. The canopy does not have the normal central hole so the drop speed would have been relatively slow. Seeing intended us is currently unknown we list as a ‘mystery Luftwaffe canopy.’ It is in used condition and the lines have been cut. The canopy is however complete although it does have the odd small hole and other minor damage to the fabric, which feels as though it could be silk. It is a very good display size for a collection. If any visitors to the site can help with a possible use please feel free to join our chat room and we can add details to our description! £65.00
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4467 Air Ministry Night Simulation Epidiascope Attachment - Click for the bigger picture In Stock 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) £175.00
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6479 RAF Wing Commanders Pennant - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Wing Commanders Pennant - A good flown example with separate panel construction, in a large size measuring 40” x 40” x 25” (102cm x 102cm x 64 cm). The colours are still bright and the cotton is all in excellent condition with no issues to report. The original coir rope is in place but on one edge it has been cut flush to the pennant. The various makings are now somewhat indistinct but it clearly embossed with the crows foot property mark, X 22, a stores reference number 4B 1114 and the manufacturers name who we believe to be Porter Brothers, Liverpool. This company are one of the oldest names in flag manufacture here in the UK, established in 1905 by Herbert Porter to supply flags to the thriving port of Liverpool. Prior to WW11 they even had a contract with Hitler’s Germany for party flags but the contract was unsurprisingly cancelled prior to a state of war being declared in 1939! In their time Porter Brothers have made flags for Captain Scott’s 1912 Polar expedition, for the D Day landings and both Churchill and Princess Diana’s funerals. A scarce senior officers pennant in an impressive size. For a more modest pennant (in both size and price!) check out the Group Captain’s example we have also listed today. £85.00
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OC384 RAF Group Captain Pennant - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Group Captain Pennant - A good flown example made from stitched cotton panels. In generally very good condition and only issue being the central red segment has become thin in a couple of places. In addition it has a couple of minor moth nips but despite this the pennant is in sound display condition and measuring 19"x 19”x 12.5” (47cm x47cm x 32cm) it is an ideal size for an RAF (or flag) collection. It comes complete with the original bound and looped rope for attachment to an appropriate flag mast. Identification marks have been washed out but the pennant is named to ‘Harding’ who we assume to be the Group Captain to whom it was originally issued. Sadly any specific provenance has been lost down the years. £38.00
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6327 NSFK Sponsoring Members Vehicle Pennant - Click for the bigger picture In Stock NSFK Sponsoring Members Vehicle Pennant - The Treaty of Versailles prevented Germany from having an actual Air Force, therefore all aeronautical training was undertaken under the guise of the DLV (Deutscher Luftsport-Verband), formed in 1933 and the NSFK (National Socialist Flying Corp) took over from the DLV in 1937. The NSFK was run on strict paramilitary lines, with most students members of the Hitler Youth. They were taught the basics of aviation via model aircraft and were able to take flights in gliders from the age of 14 with progression to powered flight that led to the start of formal Luftwaffe training. Thus Germany circumvented the constraints of Versailles and had a meaningful trained air force by 1939. The NSFK continued to exist after the Luftwaffe was founded, but to a much smaller degree and mainly performed air defence duties such as a reserve anti-aircraft service. All NSFK related equipment is now very scarce. This fine original example features a woven image of Icarus, the mythological god who flew too close to the sun with wax wings. The figure is highly detailed and in each hand he is holding handles which are attached to his outstretched wings with the letters "NSFK" above and a swastika below, with oak leaves and the letter F to the bottom rim. This signifies a "Förderer" or ‘Sponsor’, indicating that this was given to German nationals who made a monthly contribution to the NSFK. The original cord is still in place with a slightly rusty metal spring clip to the top and loop fastening to bottom. The end of the pennant is reinforced with multiple rows of stitching. The side as pictured here is in near perfect display condition with just one minor rust stain. The reverse side carries a woven fabric manufacturers label named to Fahnenrichter 1869 Köln. Research indicated this company was established in 1869 and is a family firm now in its 6th generation and still in business and operating from Köln today. The reverse side also features the same Icarus based imagery. The fabric is not in quite such good shape with two minor areas of damage, possibly caused by moth. Despite this an excellent and scarce example in great display condition. In a market now sadly filled with fake items we can absolutely guarantee this item, which came from an defunct museum display and is the real deal with a full money back guarantee to authenticity. It measures 14.5” x 8.5” (17 cm x 22 cm) £325.00
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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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4943 RAF Silver Hair Brush - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Silver Hair Brush - A fine example with engine turned top which features a finely engraved RAF Pilot’s wing, surmounted by a Kings Crown to one corner. The silver is fully hallmarked with anchor, lion and is date coded P. It also carries a somewhat indistinct makers mark reading W.G.S Ltd who we have traced to W.G.Sothers Ltd of Birmingham who were first registered in July 1920 and operated until 1955. The ‘P’ manufacturers coding dates the brush to 1939. The wooden bristle board is also stamped Made in England. Sadly we have no provenance with this item although being solid silver it was clearly a quality item in its day and must have served throughout WW11. Despite its 76 years it is in top condition and whilst on offer as a collectors item it could just as well be used for its intended purpose. Measures 4.25”(11 cm.) £48.00
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4760 RAF Trench Art Napkin Ring - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Trench Art Napkin Ring - A fine example that has been fashioned using aircraft canopy plexiglass. It carries a small brass Kings Crown and below an RAF eagle. Whilst we have no specific history with this piece it would almost certainly date to WW11 and is made from material salvaged from a crashed aircraft. This serviette ring comes complete with a period linen napkin and would make a fine display item in a collection or could be used as intended and would make an ideal present, at a modest price, for the RAF or trench art collector in your life! £18.00
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5320 German WW11 Bakelite Flare Cartridge Case with Contents - Click for the bigger picture In Stock German WW11 Bakelite Flare Cartridge Case with Contents - the lid carries the original label reading ‘Sternsignalpatronen’ with a red star indicating the cartridges were star code red and a rating number of 117. The label is dated September 1941 with further wording ‘dag Untersucht’ indicating the examination date ; this has not been filled in. The screw top reveals 5 red flare cartridges which are all deactivated/inert. The cartridge cases are stamped ‘Rauchspurpatrone rot’ meaning smoke streamer red. The calibre of the aluminium cartridges is 26.5 mm and would have been used in conjunction with the leuchpistole. Some of the cartridge stamping is now faded but we can decipher various manufacturing dates including 1940, 1941and 1944. Some also carry expiry dates that are 4 years later. An identical case is illustrated in Mick Prodger’s Flying Equipment excellent reference book on page 82 although these cases were used by all branches of the the German Wehrmacht in WW11. The inside of the cases carries various manufacturers marks. An excellent display example and scarce to find with contents and entirely safe to own in a collection within the UK.Case measures 4. 75” high by 4” diameter.(11.5 cm x 10.5 cm) £148.00
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PC206 RAF Dinghy Inflator Mk11 Stores Reference 27C/2083 - Click for the bigger picture Reduced RAF Dinghy Inflator Mk11 Stores Reference 27C/2083 - manufactured from orange rubber these concertina style hand bellows were issued as part of the dinghy pack for keeping it 'topped-up' once inflated with the integral CO2 cartridge. Fitted with integral rubberized fabric handles both ends and clearly marked with the stores reference number making this the Mk11 pattern. Like all our kit this is on offer as a collectable only and whilst we can’t guarantee its original use, but in a non scientific test it appears in excellent condition and in good working order. £12.00
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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 and example 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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OC314 Aircraft Control Grip AH 2242 - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Aircraft Control Grip AH 2242 - On offer is an aircraft grip in exceptionally good condition. The stamping to identify it are not very crisp but having taken expert advice we are told this is an AH2242, made by Dunlop and was fitted to the Hawker Sea Fury IV and the Harvard Mk. I and II. The side of the grip is stamped CGF 9477. The brass gun button is fully functional with the fire and lock controls working perfectly and the pneumatic brake pipes are still in place and these are marked ‘In’ and ‘Out’. The grip cover is in perfect condition as is the grip itself and the only issue is a little corrosion to the alloy casting on the top of the grip adjacent to the gun button and a little of the original paint is chipped away. This style of this grip is classic WW11 fighter and could well be mistaken for an early Spitfire or Hurricane grip with the main difference being the lack or a brake lever as the Harvard had foot brakes fitted. And of course the price! £495.00
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OC347 Westland Whirlwind XJ 393 Access Panels - Click for the bigger picture In Stock 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 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.) Please check out our Whirlwind joystick also just listed on the site! £45.00
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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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6403 Easco Life Jacket Light - Click for the bigger picture In Stock 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. £20.00
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6285 Airplane Mooring Kit Type D 1 - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Airplane Mooring Kit Type D 1 - A genuine UK warehouse find, probably untouched since it was put into store many years ago. The canvas case is in excellent condition but does have some storage marks. Stencilled on the case is Airplane Mooring Kit Type D 1 and 36G4465. The zip fastener is fully functioning and not corroded. On opening we found the full contents in near factory fresh condition and the set appears to be complete. Whilst we stand to be corrected we believe this set was manufactured in the US and was designed to tether aircraft to the ground to avoid them flipping over in a wind. The other suggestion is the kit was designed for mooring seaplanes of the USN but we tend to believe the former use is more likely. In searching on the net we found someone else who found a similar set in the US commented:- ‘Turns out we stumbled on an Airplane Mooring Case and contents Type D-1 36G4465. Part of the equipment package the US Army Air Force required with the WACO aircraft specification in 1936’. Each of the 6 interior pockets contain x3 spikes and we understand the other rods and turning handles were designed to fix the spiked ends securely into the ground on an airfield to enable the aircraft (Waco or otherwise!) to be tethered to the ground with the coir rope provided. We believe this kit may date from WWII although we have been informed they were also used post war. If anyone can add anymore information on date and use of this kit we would be happy to add to our description. Whilst for sale as a collectable, in view of the excellent condition, we see no reason why this kit could not be used for its intended purpose in the 21st century. The case measures 27” x 8” (69 cm x 18 cm). We have spotted a similar set which is clearly stamped USN on a US web site on offer at $275. Ours is more modestly priced! £65.00
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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) £175.00
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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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2437 Luftwaffe Fliegerblinkgerat Airfield Signal Lamp - Click for the bigger picture Sold - Similar Available 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").
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4281 John Rabone Battle of Britain dated Air Ministry tape measure - Click for the bigger picture Sold John Rabone Battle of Britain dated Air Ministry tape measure - This is the first one of these we have had here. The brass handle folds out and is marked ‘100 ft’. The tape scale is in feet on one side and metric on the other and winds back into the brown leather case. The case is embossed with the AM (Air Ministry) property mark and crown and the all important 1940 date. Around the centre is embossed with makers details ‘John Rabone & Sons, Birmingham, England’. On the reverse side is stamped ‘Rabone’s Metallic wired tape’. Whilst we have not removed the full tape from the reel it appears to be in decent issued condition with normal service wear as you would expect for a 74 year old measure, so is offered for sale as a collectors item and not warranted for its original use! The leather case has a nice antique patina again with signs of service use. Sadly no history with this one but no doubt would have had a variety of uses on a wartime RAF base. Diameter of case 6"(16 cm). A Recent Sale
4364 RCAF Irvin Parachute Seat cushion - Click for the bigger picture Sold RCAF Irvin Parachute Seat cushion - this example was originally fitted to a pre war Irvin seat pack that was dated to 1937 so we are assuming this is of a similar vintage although it does not carry any ID marks to help. The interior sorbo rubber filling is a little compressed and hardened and very minor water stains on the fabric but otherwise this item is in excellent original condition. The central strap cut out is larger than on RAF examples and is more oval in shape. The cushion has four brass ventilation eyelets set into it as well as four snap poppers to locate it onto the parachute seat pack. The reverse side is finished in a synthetic leatherette patterned material. A scarce item and would be perfect for completing an early Irvin display. Measures 15" x 13" (28 cm x 32 cm) A Recent Sale
OC399 ' Ediswan' RAF Light Bulbs with original packaging - Click for the bigger picture Sold ' Ediswan' RAF Light Bulbs with original packaging - on offer are a pair of vintage Air Ministry marked ‘Royal Ediswan’ 24 Volt 80 watt GLS gas filled pearl bulbs with BC connectors. Each comes in its original card and paper packaging clearly stamped ‘By Appointment to H.M.King George V1.’ Interestingly the paper wrapping is stamped in red ‘Important. In view of the paper shortage this wrapper should not be thrown away or destroyed but should be handed to the Local Authority or organization responsible for salvaging paper in your district.’ Each bulb is clearly stamped with AM (Air Ministry) and the stores reference nos. 5L/50. The Edison and Swan Electric Light Company Limited was an English manufacturer of incandescent lamp bulbs and other electrical goods. It was formed in 1883 with the name Edison & Swan United Electric Light Company with the merger of the Swan United Electric Company and the Edison Electric Light Company. We are not sure of the exact RAF application for these bulbs but it seem likely they originate from circa WW11/ 1940’s. We can not guarantee they still function as intended but like all our stock are for sale as a collectable only. Each bulb measures 2”(6 cm) A Recent Sale
PC202 Luftwaffe AK 39 Armbandkompass - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe AK 39 Armbandkompass - An essential aid for downed Luftwaffe flight crew. The first model of the AK 39 was believed to have been introduced in 1939. This second pattern carries number Fl 23235-1 on the reverse side as well as the designation AK 39. Unusually it also has what looks like a production code number stamped reading 30232305. The compass bezel swings freely and aligns correctly to north although we can not guarantee its accuracy after 70 years! The transparent rotating bezel has black sighting marks (as opposed to the later red examples introduced in 1943). The underside has white /translucent sliding windows with red course makers which would have enabled the owner to set a marching route having first taken a bearing. The leather wrist strap is original to the instrument and the buckle is sound. When worn over a flying suit it would have had a strap extension fitted although many were simply looped on to the owners Schwimmveste; this example just carries the standard strap. Generally in excellent display condition although like most we have seen the air bubble in the damping alcohol is rather larger than when in service. A Recent Sale
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