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4586 RAF Issue Very Pistol - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Issue Very Pistol - Carried in WWII multi-placed dinghy packs, although often carried by fighter pilots tucked into their flying boots. The barrel is numbered 044185 and other than minor damage to the base of the grip, a very crisp display example and getting increasingly hard to find. The pistol has been deactivated so can be owned in the UK without a fire arms certificate and will make an excellent addition to an RAF collection.
4584 RAF Base Calshot Inter-Flight Shield - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Base Calshot Inter-Flight Shield - Presented by the officers to the winners of the annual tug of war competition and is dated 1925 and was awarded every year from then until 1937 when the competition appears to have ceased, possibly due to the war clouds over Europe. It resumed in 1946 and was last awarded in 1950. The central engraved shield is surrounded by 17 smaller engraved and dated shields and we can confirm in 1934 was won by the HQ, in 1932 201 Flying Boat Sqdn, 1930 Workshops and 1948 201 Sqdn. RAF Calshot was a sea based aerodrome in the Solent, established by the RFC in 1913 as a RNAS station testing sea planes. It was taken over by the RAF in 1922 and was the home of the high speed flight to train pilots for the Schneider Trophy races. From 1929 to 1931 "Aircraftsman Shaw" formally known as Col. T. E. Lawrence or "Lawrence of Arabia", was posted to Calshot to help with race preparations and also to work on the development of the 200 class sea plane tender. In 1921 201 Sqdn were based at Calshot followed by 240 in 1937. In WWII the base was used mainly for repair and maintenance but was involved in the evacuation from Dunkirk and from 1942 was the home to Air Sea Rescue craft. Post war Calshot-based Sunderlands flew in the Berlin air lift flying over 1000 sorties. Calshot finally closed in 1961 and our plaque is a unique souvenir and is steeped in the history from the very early days of the RFC, RNAS and RAF. 17" (43cm)
4583 RAF Dinghy Sea Drogue - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Dinghy Sea Drogue - Stores ref. no. 41AA/4, designed to slow the drift of the dinghy by acting as a sea anchor when trailed behind the boat. In virtually mint, unissued condition and complete with coir ropes. Stamped to exterior with letter 'R'. This example is likely to be post war issue but near identical in specification to WWII type.
355 Planisphere of Air Navigations Stars - Click for the bigger picture SoldPlanisphere of Air Navigations Stars - This ingenious device is attributed to Flt. Lt. Francis Chichester RAFVR who later gained internation fame sailing around the world and subsequently receiving a Knighthood. He was clearly qualified in his subject having won the Johnston Memorial Trophy for Air Navigation in 1931. The instrument was designed to help air cadets (and others)in learning to identify the stars required for navigation. The book contains two rotating planispheres showing the various constellations in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. It is named to AC.I Drew. J. E. and numbered 12989429. It appears to be in good working order and while we do not know the date of publication, clearly after 1931 and the retail price was a hefty 2 shillings and 6 pence!
3746 RAF Irvin Flying Trousers with 149 Squadron provenance - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Irvin Flying Trousers with 149 Squadron provenance - In RAF parlance, thermally insulated trousers size 4 Irvin with stores ref. 22C/328. These are an excellent original example with an Air Ministry marked label confirming the original owner was called Nunn, service no. 1378662. Sgt Nunn flew with 149 squadron and was lost on a raid on Berlin on 1/2 March 1943. His aircraft Sterling 111 OJ-W was coned by searchlights and then attacked by fighters and Nunn was injured. Hit again by flak crossing the French coast crew members opened his chute before exiting the aircraft but he did not survive and is buried in the Canadian War Cemetery at Dieppe with his skipper F/L Richman and Sgt Croft. The leather is in excellent original condition with both zips functioning well and the trousers come complete with fitted braces. The fur lining is in equally good condition and other than minor damage to the left knee pocket, they are hard to fault.
4501 Airforce 3/4 Length Flying Coat - Click for the bigger picture SoldAirforce 3/4 Length Flying Coat - A fine example in black leather with a fur collar and blanket lined. The style is reminiscent of flying coats used by early aviators in WWI, although we believe this example to be later. It is fitted with pebble finished brass buttons which are marked on the reverse C.C.Sporrong Stockholm and as this company made buttons and badges for the Swedish Armed Forces, we have deduced that this is where the coat originated from. Clearly if any visitors can give us a more definite identification, we will happily add this to the description. The only label we can find is sewn to the interior lining and the only readable information is a large number 1. The coat incorporates two flat pockets and a half belt to the rear and would be ideal for re-enactment, period flying or a superb windproof coat for open driving. It is in beautiful original condition with no faults and we would estimate it would fit up to a 44" chest (112cm).
170 RAF Coastal Command Irvin Flying Jacket - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Coastal Command Irvin Flying Jacket - A very original example with the collar hood fully intact and crisp yellow paint to increase visibility for rescue purposes. The jacket is fitted with the original Lightning zips in good working order with the sleeve zips having King's Crown and AM marks. The leather is in generally good condition but with some very neat patch repairs to the right arm. The interior fur retains a strong golden colour, although it has had some attention from the moth as have the cuffs and waistband area. The leather hanging strap is in place and while no label is fitted, the jacket is a small size but would make an excellent display example of this increasingly hard to find variant on the RAF Irvin.
112 USAAF A-9 Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF A-9 Flying Helmet - A good original example in olive drab canvas but does not ever appear to have had receivers fitted. The helmet incorporates various clips and snaps for goggle and oxygen mask attachment and the leather chin strap is fitted with a sheepskin cover. Inside is a manufacturing label confirming the helmet is a type A-9, together with a 1942 contract date. It also features a further webbing label stamped AF-13 and another size label marked Large, although we would rate the helmet not bigger than medium. A nice original WWII helmet at an entry level price.
83 USAAF B3/A3 Flying Suit - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF B3/A3 Flying Suit - An interesting modified set with the jacket having an additional left zip pocket. Aluminium eyelets have been added to the collar and waist straps. The label has been cut in half, probably done when the jacket came out of service. The original zip has been replaced by a period Lightning example. The jacket and B3 trousers both have a leather tab with painted name R.E.Benedict, who we assume was the original wartime owner and could not doubt be researched. The A-3 flight trousers are nicely labelled to Perry Sportswear Inc. Newburgh, New York. They are fitted with original braces and the leather is in good condition with a period reinforcement patch fitted in the seat area. The main zips are in poor condition and have been sewn closed to enable the suit to be displayed realistically in a collection. We estimate the jacket to be around a 38" chest (97cm), whilst the trousers are marked 40R.
1289 RCAF Ensign - Click for the bigger picture SoldRCAF Ensign - A similar example to the RAF version we have just listed but this one features the Canadian Maple Leaf within the roundel. This is also in a good flown condition with a few minor moth nips and the odd small stain. It comes complete with a coir rope and carries a stamp which appears to read 1.48 which could be the manufacturing date. Certainly being manufactured from laid on panels, it is certainly not a modern screen printed example. Measures 53" x 24" (135cm x 65cm), so an excellent size for display.
4439 RAF Ensign - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Ensign - An original version made from various panels rather than the screen printed modern examples. The flag is in flown condition with some old repairs and minor moth damage as well as a little staining but it remains in excellent display condition. It comes complete with coir rope and brass Ingfield clips to attach to the station flag pole. It measures 68" x 35 " (180cm x 90cm), so an excellent display size for a collection and becoming increasingly hard to find.
3828 RFC Napkin Ring - Click for the bigger picture SoldRFC Napkin Ring - A scarce and extremely decorative silver Royal Flying Corp napkin ring. This is engraved to the front with the RFC initials and above No. 1 Squadron April 1912. This squadron was formed on 13th April, 1912 at Farnborough by redesignating 1 (Airship) Company, Air Battalion and Royal Engineers and represents the first squadron in the newly formed Royal Flying Corp. The inside of the ring is feintly stamped silver but no hallmarks are present.
3660 RAF 60th Anniversary Commemorative Glass - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 60th Anniversary Commemorative Glass - Finely engraved with the RAF crest surmounted by Per Ardva Ad Astra and below 1918-1978. This glass was clearly issued to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the RAF and is in perfect condition. It would sit happily in an RAF collection but with its heavy base would make an extremely practical whiskey tumbler.
1625 RAF GQ Parachute Pack & Harness - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF GQ Parachute Pack & Harness - The pack is nicely labelled confirming type B Mk.19 and RAF Stores ref. 15A/946. This also carries a GQ acceptance stamp and dated 4th October, 1960. The pack also carries a further label marked GQ Parachute Assembly Back Type Mk. 26A stores ref. 15A/917. The canopy is enclosed and while we have not been able to inspect it, it looks to be complete. The set also includes a full harness with quick release buckle and D ring release mechanism and cable. Other than the bungees being missing, the set appears complete and would complement an RAF display representing 1960's air crew. On offer as a collector's item and certainly not warranted for its original purpose!
4403 Trench Art Propeller Tip Picture Frame - Click for the bigger picture SoldTrench Art Propeller Tip Picture Frame - This example came in with item 4402 and looks to have been made by the same hand. This one carries a carved eagle and could possibly represent the Royal Navy Air Service. The propeller is made from laminated mahogany and as it features dowel construction, it is an early propeller almost certainly dating to WWI. The base of the frame has been ornately carved while the reverse features a stand for table display. It simple needs for the new owner to add a photograph or painting to the glazed opening to complete. Measures 13" (33cm).
4402 Propeller Tip Picture Frame - Click for the bigger picture SoldPropeller Tip Picture Frame - While we have seen many such examples of Trench Art over the years, this one is in a class of its own. The front of the blade has been hand carved featuring a plant in flower to the tip and a further example to the bottom with a central cut out with scalloped edge to enable a picture to be displayed. The rear is plain and carries a support for table display. The blade appears to be mahogany and is a standard laminated construction. It just requires the new owner to add a suitable photograph or painting to the glazed aperture. Almost certainly dating from WWI period. Measures 13" (34cm)
2606 RCAF Identity Bracelet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRCAF Identity Bracelet - Named on one side of the silvered tag C.4284 R. Canning RCAF and on the reverse side From the Boys of 12 R.D. It also carries what appears to be a maker's mark cmc. The chain is brass and comes in a period velvet lined presentation box, although we believe this originally held cufflinks. We have no provenance with this item but if any visitors can identify Mr. Canning or confirm who were the boys from 12 R.D., we will add details to the description.
4445 RAF Fish Serving Fork - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Fish Serving Fork - Clearly stamped on the handle with a King's Crown, RAF and laurel leaves, while the reverse has the maker's mark and logo Walker Hall. We are unsure of what metal it is made from but it is not hallmarked. It no doubt saw service in an officer's mess and could well date from WWII period. Measures 9" (23cm)
2738 151 Fighter Squadron Presentation Tankard - Click for the bigger picture Sold151 Fighter Squadron Presentation Tankard - A fine barrel shaped example, engraved "Presented to 151 Fighter Squadron by Lt. D. R. Stanley Adams, R.N. late 151 Squadron Aug. 1936 - Aug. 1938." 151 Squadron was formed in May 1918 and saw service on the Western Front but was disbanded the following year. The squadron was then reformed in 1936 at North Weald, Essex flying Gauntlets and in 1938 was the first squadron to be equipped with Hurricanes and her pilots served with distinction in the Battle of Britain. We assume Stanley Adams was a Fleet Air Arm pilot seconded to the RAF and this tankard was presented to the officers' mess when he returned to the navy. The base is stamped with various hallmarks but we cannot decipher if it is silver. It also carries the number 7112 and 41. In nice original condition. Measures 4" (11cm).
2978 2nd Tactical Air Force BLA Tankard - Click for the bigger picture Sold2nd Tactical Air Force BLA Tankard - Solid silver tankard with fine engraved crest named to 83 Group Main and below an eagle flying above a shield featuring a sword, a bee and a reverse swastika. Below the shield is the legent 2nd Tactical Air Force BLA. While the hallmarks are slightly rubbed, they appear to date the tankard to 1944. It has received a few knocks over the last 64 years but this is more than made up for by the fine engraving to the front. We have not had the opportunity to research this item.
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