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6285 Airplane Mooring Kit Type D 1 - Click for the bigger picture SoldAirplane 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!
6276 RAF No 1 Group Headquarters Bomber Command Station Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF No 1 Group Headquarters Bomber Command Station Plaque - A superb original hand painted example featuring a black panther's head. The badge commemorates the code name ‘Panther’ which the Group had in 1939 at the time of its mobilisation for service in France, as the Advanced Air Striking Force. This is surmounted by a Kings Crown and below the motto ‘Swift to Attack’. The shield is finished in varnished oak and on the back we discovered hand written ‘Hucknall 1940 '. A little research has revealed Hucknall is one of the oldest airfields in the country that has seen continuous use since it was built in 1916. No 1 Group Bomber Command, on returning from France in June 1940, reformed at Hucknall in Nottinghamshire with Fairy Battles then Vickers Wellingtons in its arsenal. Polish squadrons came under 1 Group’s command between 1940 and ’41 bringing in much needed pilots, hoping to ensure the War would soon be won. In 1942, No 1 Group re-equipped with Halifax’s and Lancaster’s and attacked the Ruhr Valley, Cologne and Berlin with over 1000 bomber ops flown. Our plaque is fitted with brass mounting points on the reverse and we assume it would have been displayed somewhere on the base HQ at RAF Hucknall during WW11. The original painting has been varnished over, probably for protection and whilst the varnish has lifted in places the colours are still vibrant. A definite one off! Measures 15.25” (39 cm)
5165 Original Oak Flooring from from RAF Bentley Priory - Click for the bigger picture SoldOriginal Oak Flooring from from RAF Bentley Priory - Removed from Bentley Priory during restorations. The section of oak flooring, which is tongued and grooved, is mounted with a Kings Crown RAF Fighter Command plaque with the motto 'Offence Defence’. Below that is a brass plaque which confirms the provenance ‘Part of the oak flooring of Bentley Priory Headquarters Fighter Command from where Air Chief Marshall Lord Dowding directed the Battle of Britain.’ Recent fears that Bentley Priory, which was designed by 19th Century architect Sir John Soane, would be lost to the nation have been proved unfounded after a long campaign and the fine building located in Stanmore, north west London, will become a permanent memorial to Fighter Command’s crucial role in protecting Britain from Luftwaffe raids. The museum is scheduled to open in September 2013. We can only speculate who walked on this section of floor board but nice to think it came from ‘Stuffy’ Dowding’s own office and ‘listened in’ to conversations between the great man and Sir Keith Parks and others back in the dark days of 1940. The section of original flooring measures 4.5” x 3.5” (11 cm x 9 cm). A modest but important piece of Battle of Britain memorabilia!
3190 Airscrew Weybridge Mounted propeller Display - Click for the bigger picture SoldAirscrew Weybridge Mounted propeller Display - A very attractive display board featuring the central section of an original propeller featuring a transfer indicating manufactured by the Airscrew Co & Jicwood Ltd, Weybridge. Whilst the Airscrew Company was formed in 1923 the subsidiary Jicwood was not established until 1938, so the propeller was clearly manufactured on or after this date. Stamped on the hub is the code WT U765 T28 and above the serial number 768. If any visitors can help with an ID to the aircraft type it relates to we will add information to our description. The hub is fitted with a metal spinner finished in the colours of an RAF roundel. Mounted above the propeller is an original Royal Flying Corps trench art brass ashtray which is finely engraved with an RFC pilots brevet. The display is completed with a framed photograph depicting a rather bent WW1/1920’s period biplane with the registration code K- 1505 clearly showing on tail and fuselage. Clearly the various parts displayed have all originated from different sources but has resulted in a very effective aviation themed collage. The propeller relic measures 25.5” (64 cm) and the grey painted wooden display board is 20” from top to bottom (51 cm.)
4835 Royal Flying Corps Cigarette Case - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Flying Corps Cigarette Case - a superb solid silver example in the classic curved shape, designed to sit well in a tunic pocket and carrying a finely engraved RFC pilots brevet to the front as well as the campaigns the original owner served in. Above the RFC wings we have France, with the engraving slightly worn and below is Egypt and Salonica. Immediately beneath the wings Macedonia with the dates 1916-17-18, with final campaigns listed as Malta, Crete and Italy. Sadly no name or even initials have been added so like the RFC walking stick we have just listed we have no way of ascertaining who the original owner was but on the assumption he was aircrew he must have been either highly skilled or highly lucky(or most likely both!) to have survived what appears to be nearly every major theatre of World War 1 when the life expectancy of RFC aircrew was often numbered in weeks if not days. The inside of the case is clearly hallmarked with an anchor and lion motif and date letter 'W' confirming the case was manufactured in Birmingham in 1921. We have however been unable to decipher the makers mark. We can only assume it was purchased by or presented to the owner after serving and surviving WW1 as a reminder of his service in the Royal Flying Corps. The case is in generally good used condition commensurate with its age and was clearly used for the purpose it was intended and was not just a decorative piece sitting in a draw or display cabinet. The hinge and latch mechanism are in good working order and it still retains the original elastic to hold a single row of Woodies, or dare I say it, perhaps Senior Service, in place? Measures 4.5” x 3.25”(11.5 cm x 8.5 cm.)
5647 Royal Flying Corps Trench Art Walking Stick - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Flying Corps Trench Art Walking Stick - a really superb WW1 example in untouched original condition. The tapering shaft is made of polished ash and riveted to the top is an aluminium knob with a turned top, possibly from a cockpit control and below it a red composite spacer which has also been riveted to the shaft. The original owners initials are then carved in the top of the shaft I.H. and below a propeller motif which is inlaid into the stick, which also appears to be cut from aircraft alloy and below this R.F.C. The opposite end of the stick is fitted with a rubber tip which is attached to what we believe to be a horn ferrule. When purchased the previous owner, who bought from the family, had been told the stick was made entirely from WW1 period aircraft parts and we can only concur with this analysis. Sadly the exact provenance and name of the original owner has now been lost down the years, but luckily his stick remains in remarkable condition and represents a fine example of period trench art. Measures 35” (88cm)
4626 Adler M34 Factory Fire Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldAdler M34 Factory Fire Helmet - An excellent example that would have been issued to firemen working in the Adler factory prior to and during WW11 in case of fire or air raids. Adler were pre-war and wartime military vehicle manufacturers of utility types or ‘Kubels’, light cars and personnel carriers. In addition they also made civilian cars too like the initial VW Beetle. The helmet is in great shape and is clearly dated 3.05.34 and made by Vorschriftsmassig Lt. Gertz. The M 34 code represents the year this pattern of helmet was introduced so impossible to find an earlier example. Nice clear painted factory logo to front and two ventilation holes either side. This one had provision for the comb but the holes have been plugged. On either side of the helmet you can make out evidence where the national shield decals were once applied. The original paint is excellent with just minor service marks and in view off the decal evidence safe to say it has not been repainted. The leather chin strap is in excellent condition and the leather liner is clearly marked Linnenbrugger & Ellermann Belfield. Below is another ink stamp with writing but we are unable to decipher. The size is marked 56. The original owners name is also written on the liner but again not possible to decipher. All in all a nice original example in good sleepy condition!
PC199 RAF Type 'D' Flying Gauntlets - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type 'D' Flying Gauntlets - a really top quality matched pair carrying broad arrow marked labels confirming stores reference nos 22C/769 for the left glove and 22C/772 for the right. They also both carry the same code 10440 indicating unlike many RAF wartime flying gloves they have never been mismatched. These are a large size 10 and whilst they were designed to be worn as part of the D heated system with electrically wired inners they were often used alone or with unheated silk inners. This set would be impossible to upgrade with very soft light tan leather in virtually unmarked condition.
PC198 RAF Kapok Liner 1941 Pattern for the Sidcot Suit - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Kapok Liner 1941 Pattern for the Sidcot Suit - this is a near mint and possibly unissued example with a label indicating this is a size 5 stores reference 22C/856. Original Air Ministry marked lightning zips are fitted and in the collar the suit is also stamped with a Kings Crown and AM property mark. The label confirms this suit is intended for a wearer of 5’10”-5’ 11” with a chest of 38”-40” and a waist of 34”-36”. This kapok liner would display perfectly with the 1941 Sidcot suit we currently have listed item PC187 and we could offer a 10% discount to any customer ordering the pair.
PC197 RAF Irvin Flying Suit Thermally Insulated Trousers - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Irvin Flying Suit Thermally Insulated Trousers - Designed to be worn in conjunction with the insulated RAF flying jacket and much favoured by bomber aircrew in WWII. These flight trousers were made from the same thick pile fleece at the jacket and due to their weight came with attached braces which are often now missing. The button fly and full length original Dot zips (which were so designed to enable the trousers to be removed quickly in the event of a wound) are in perfect condition. The luxurious thick fur lining is in amazing condition although as no label is attached we do not know either the size or date of manufacture but they appear to be large and perfect for a Bomber Command display. The trousers are in much better than average condition with just a couple of minute moth nibbles in the seat area but on display are virtually undetectable.
PC196 RAF 1943 Pattern Escape Boots with a twist! - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 1943 Pattern Escape Boots with a twist! - This pair was recently purchased in Normandy and show how the 1943 pattern flying boot can be transformed as the designer Major Clayton Hutton of MI9 intended. The leg section has been carefully cut away leaving in place of an obvious pair of aircrew flying boots a 5 eyelet cap Oxford shoe that would not have been out of place in Oxford Street or in the then German occupied Avenue des Champs-Élysées thus giving the downed airman a much better chance of avoiding capture. Clearly we can only speculate on the provenance of this pair but lets hope the owner managed to link up with La Résistance Française and he was able to make a home run leaving only his footwear behind in Normandy! The shoes show signs of wear and interestingly the original leather soles have been repaired with rubber that have hand cut grooves cut into them to give better grip. This could indicate post war civilian use under new ownership! The interior still features the lambs wool lining that would have extended up the original leg to keep the airman warm in flight. It seems the escape knife having performed its intended role was then discarded and is now sadly missing. In line with all 1943 pattern boots no size is marked but we would estimate these to be around a UK size 10-11 (45-46).Few collectors would mutilate an original set of escape boots but here you have the chance to display this set in the ‘escape mode’ perhaps alongside an 'as issued' pair. The shoe fillers are for display purposes only and are not included in the sale.
PC195 RAF Dinghy Seat Pack Type A Mark 3* - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Dinghy Seat Pack Type A Mark 3* - stores reference 27C/2445 and designed to carry the single-man fighter pilot Type K dinghy which was carried folded within the pack attached to the seat type parachute in place of the usual Sorbo rubber seat cushion. Manufactured in heavy olive drab cotton canvas, broadly rectangular in shape with a separate cover attached with press-studs. These packs have internal stowage pockets to house the accessories not carried within the dinghy itself. This example benefits from being fitted with an emergency rubber water cushion for drinking purposes stamped 27C/2134 and enclosed within a purple canvas zipped cover marked V.D.The exterior of the pack carries a multi-lingual label stitched to the cover in we believe English, French, Czech and Polish. The pack is complete with lanyard and quick release connectors to attach to the '41 pattern Mae West. The whole set is in virtually mint faultless condition and would be impossible to improve upon.
6240 H.S.& S Catapult Container 1939 - Click for the bigger picture SoldH.S.& S Catapult Container 1939 - Here we have another interesting and unique (to us) item of stock fresh in! This is an empty container which is made from some form of compressed card and finished in an ochre paint with applied varnish on top. The lid is stencilled N 11 and below H.S.& S. with an M below and is dated 1939 and clearly marked ‘Catapult’. The body of the case is marked in the same way with a black band at the base. The lid is a press fit and can be secured by canvas banding. We can only speculate what it held when issued 74 years ago but our current thoughts are Royal Navy and perhaps Fleet Air Arm and the contents were part of the catapult launch system on aircraft carriers or even equipment associated with ramp launched Sea Hurricanes from merchant ships? If any more knowledgeable visitors to the site can add some hard facts we would be glad to amend and update our current description. Come what may the container is certainly too big for a Dennis the Menace hand held catapult of Beano comic fame! Certainly an unusual and decorative designer piece which would certainly form a talking point or a great mystery object! Case measures 21” (53 cm) and diameter on lid 9” (23 cm)
2656 Superb 60 Squadron Trench Art Tobacco Barrel - Click for the bigger picture SoldSuperb 60 Squadron Trench Art Tobacco Barrel - Made from laminated timber almost certainly obtained from a propeller hub from a squadron aircraft, complete with a close fitting lid surmounted by a brass knob. When lifted the interior retains strong and aromatic smell that exudes history! To the front is a hand made copper shield engraved 'No 60 Squadron' and below a detailed image of what we believe to be an SE5/SE5A with which 60 Squadron was equipped with from July 1917 onwards. In March 1918 the assigned markings were changed to 2 white bands painted on the fuselage immediately in front of tailplane. ‘A’ flight also carried A to F painted behind the fuselage cockade so it reasonable to assume the original owner was with ‘A’ flight. The shield engraving features these bands, an ‘A’ flight code and on the tail fin serial nos A 190 so research may reveal the actual aircraft depicted. Below the aircraft engraving is ‘RAF’ and ‘France 1918’. Seeing the RAF were formed on 1 April 1918 this, and the fuselage markings, would indicate this barrel is from or after this date. It also comes with some intriguing provenance. When we purchased it in 2005 we were told it was captured as a war souvenir by a German soldier when Moreuil airfield near Amiens in the Somme region was overrun, having only been abandoned hours before after anything of use to the enemy had been set on fire. 60 Squadron had an illustrious war with Captain W.A. Bishop receiving the Victoria Cross for his solo attack on a German aerodrome and of course Ace Albert Ball VC, DSO, MC, served with 'A Flight' of 60 Squadron in 1916. I have owned this unique artefact in my collection but now after 8 years it is time to find it a new custodian. Measures 7” tall (18 cm) and is 5.5” diameter (14 cm)
5446 Original Oak Flooring from from RAF Bentley Priory - Click for the bigger picture SoldOriginal Oak Flooring from from RAF Bentley Priory - Removed from Bentley Priory during restorations this example has been display mounted on a shield and was presented to the original owner for his services whilst appointed the Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Flight. The section of oak flooring, which is tongued and grooved, is mounted with a Kings Crown RAF Fighter Command plaque with the motto 'Offence Defence’. Below that is a brass plaque which confirms the provenance ‘Part of the oak flooring of Bentley Priory Headquarters Fighter Command from where Air Chief Marshall Lord Dowding directed the Battle of Britain.’ Recent fears that Bentley Priory, which was designed by 19th Century architect Sir John Soane, would be lost to the nation have been proved unfounded after a long campaign and the fine building located in Stanmore, north west London, will become a permanent memorial to Fighter Command’s crucial role in protecting Britain from Luftwaffe raids. The museum is scheduled to open in September 2013. We can only speculate who walked on this section of floor board but nice to think it came from ‘Stuffy’ Dowding’s own office and ‘listened in’ to conversations between the great man and Sir Keith Parks and others back in the dark days of 1940. The section of original flooring measures 4.5” x 3.5” (11 cm x 9 cm) and the shield is 7 “ x 6” (18 cm x 15 cm). A modest but important piece of Battle of Britain memorabilia!
5642 Royal Flying Corps Map Board Mk1 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Flying Corps Map Board Mk1 - Manufactured by The General Instrument and Engineering Co. Ltd, London. The back is also stamped with the RFC property mark of an arrow with an ‘A’ above thus confirming its early provenance. The manufacturer appears to have held a creditors meeting on 7th April 1921 so seems likely our board pre dates the meeting although we understand these continued to be used by the RAF during the 1930’s and looking at the design it clearly influenced the far more common WW11 map board stores reference 6B/137. The instrument is in excellent original condition and carries a translucent acetate sheet under which the chart would have been retained. Above is a combined protractor and parallel rule, which has a minor crack in it and the set is completed by an alternative end fitting with a different scale. This is the only Mk1 board we have been fortunate enough to purchase and like all Flying Corps instruments is both scarce and desirable. Measures 14” x14” (36 cm x 36 cm)
4743 Air Ministry Registry Canvas Bag - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Registry Canvas Bag - And now for something completely different! This bag is made of the same heavy green canvas used to manufacture those desirable WW11 RAF navigators bags which are now so sort after. Both the front and back panels have heavy brass eyelets inserted and with clear stencil writing to the front panel ‘Please return quickly to Air Ministry Registry Whitehall’. We can only assume this was a document bag used in the same manner as postal services bags for transporting important Air Ministry related documents to and from overseas postings. If any visitors to the site can help with a more accurate description and original usage please drop us a line and we can add to the listing. The bag is in exceptional condition and whilst not dated we are assuming it dates to WW11 or perhaps early post war. This is the only example we have ever seen and would seem to be a scarce example of RAF memorabilia. Measures 19” x16” (48 cm x 40 cm)
5187 RAF Aircrew Ditching Whistle - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Aircrew Ditching Whistle - Manufactured by J Hudson & Co., Birmingham. Less commonly found than the snail pattern, these whistles were used by wartime aircrew as an essential rescue aid, particularly after ditching at sea. Period photos show these hanging from the 1941 pattern Mae West life jackets or the collar of battledress aircrew blouses. Condition of this example is close to mint with no wear to the chromed brass body. Crisp Air Ministry King's Crown and A.M. markings with reference numbers 293/W/102. This is an early war example which was subsequently replaced by a white plastic economy version which is was hoped would prevent the whistle freezing to the lips in extreme cold. Measures 3.5" (8cm)
4782 Gold Visibility Meter Mk11 - Click for the bigger picture SoldGold Visibility Meter Mk11 - This wonderful instrument was invented by Captain Ernest Gold who was was General Haig's 'weather man' in WW1. He served with the RFC, who in 1915 were the only people really interested in meteorology. He was a brilliant graduate and rose to very senior posts between the wars. His 'Gold Visibility Meter', was used for making the accurate assessment of visibility on airfields at night feasible for the first time. The device was operated by Met Office staff where there were often two visibility lights mounted at the far end of the runway. These carried very high quality incandescent bulbs of a known candle power. The Visibility Meter consisted of a graduated glass slide ranging from completely clear to completely black. Each Observer routinely calibrates them on nights of very good visibility. This is done by drawing the slide across the viewing field until the Vis Light is just extinguished. On a night of poor vis the point at which the light then extinguishes gives an indication of the opacity of the atmosphere between the observer and the Vis Light and the Met officer could recommend if conditions were good enough for flying. Our instrument comes complete in its Bakelite storage box and carries serial number 1487/43 dating it to 1943 and was manufactured by Casella of London. It is complete with rubber eye piece in good condition and the often missing extension tube for the reverse side. Transit case measures 11” x 3.5” (28 cm x 9 cm.)These instruments were only declared obsolete in 1966.
3903 Luftwaffe K-33 Grey Leather Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe K-33 Grey Leather Flying Helmet - this example being of similar deign to the summer version K-34 helmet we have also listed today but is the winter version, having a short pile lambs wool lining. This helmet has no label but seems to be a medium size. It has provision for a 3 point oxygen mask looks to be mid war production. Grey leather helmets do not appear on the market very often, and are reported to have often been used in conjunction with the grey leather flight suits favoured by Me 262 pilots. A near identical specification helmet to ours is illustrated in Mick Prodger’s ‘Luftwaffe v RAF Fight Clothing’ book on page 23. Another often missed pattern that could complete a gap in the more specialist Luftwaffe collection.
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