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5100 A pair of original WWII Blitz bookends made from Historic Portland Stone - Click for the bigger picture SoldA pair of original WWII Blitz bookends made from Historic Portland Stone - The London Stonecraft Company were permitted to make souvenirs for sale to the general public to raise funds on behalf of HRH The Duke of Gloucester's Red Cross and St. John Fund. The objects they produced included bookends, inkwells, letter racks, ashtrays and serviette rings and they utilised stones recovered from historic bombed London buildings including the House of Commons after being bombed by the Luftwaffe in the London Blitz in 1940 and 1941. They also used historic stone from other damaged London buildings particularly from the East End that was very badly hit. Whilst we don’t know for sure where this stone originated, we believe it likely to be taken from The Houses of Parliament, a fact possible endorsed by the Bulldog motif which is often associated with our then Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The bookends measure 6" high x 4 1/2" wide and x 2" deep (15 cm x 12 cm x 5 cm) and have lead plaques applied to the front and as well as the ‘British Bulldog’ they are also cast with ‘London 1941.’ It appears they may have originally had a felt base but is now missing. They have the odd chip and other marks which could be original battle damage as these were not made from pristine quarried stone. Due to their weight they are very functional and perfect for a small military or historical book shelf but do check delivery costs with us before order, particularly if you are based outside of the UK. Please also check out the Stonecraft ashtray which came from the same collection which we are also listing today.
6426 941 Balloon Squadron Art Deco Presentation Table Lighter - Click for the bigger picture Sold941 Balloon Squadron Art Deco Presentation Table Lighter - Presentation engraved to base ‘From N.C.O’s and Airmen of 941 Squadron’. Land at Lightwood in Sheffield was requisitioned by the Air Ministry and was opened on 15 August 1939 to became home to No. 16 Balloon Centre, part of No.33 Barrage Balloon Group, RAF. The Centre comprised three Squadrons: 939 West Riding Sqn, Sheffield West, 940 West Riding Sqn, Rotherham and 941 West Riding Sqn, Sheffield Central. Each squadron had three flights comprising 8 balloons each. 941 Squadron was commanded by S/Ldr R. E. Wilson M.C., assisted by flight commanders: Fl/Lts. N. Harland, A.L. Baker, and R.G.A. Colley. In August 1940, 941 Sqn was disbanded due to a lack of volunteers, with equipment and personnel being transferred to 939 Sqn. In total, the Centre was responsible for 72 balloons for the defence of Sheffield. In 1943, the Lightwood site was renamed RAF Norton. By 1943/44, with the threat of heavy air raids diminishing, most of the balloons were transferred south for the defence of London and the site closed as a balloon centre in late 1944. The lighter is marked to the base ‘Foreign Brit. Patent 400888’.From our research this lighter was surprisingly made in Germany by Brevete S.G.D.G. and is model 111, introduced in 1937. It would therefore appear this was exported to Britain pre war and was subsequently purchased and presented to an un named member of 941 Squadron sometime between 1939 and 1941. The Battle of Britain officially ran from July 10th to 31 October 1940 and with Sheffield being the centre of steel production was a hot spot back in the summer of 1940. The lighter appears in good used condition but shows some wear to the silver plate. The mechanism and spark seem to work fine but we have not tested to see if it is fully operational and is therefore for sale a collectable item of scarce barrage balloon memorabilia. The lighter measures 4.0" x 3.5” (10 cm x 9 cm) If you have interest in Barrage Balloon memorabilia please also check out item 5440 in our ‘Miscellaneous Aviation’ section as this relates to 934 Squadron.
6437 RAF C Type flying helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF C Type flying helmet - This is an early example of the second pattern internally wired helmet so unlike many C helmets found this one would almost certainly be of wartime manufacture. The leather shell is in good issued condition with very minor scuffing to the finish in a couple of areas. The snaps and clips for the E*, G, or H pattern oxygen mask are all in place ; the snaps need to be treated with some respect if fitting an oxygen mask as they appear a little tender but fine for display purposes. All straps are good and the press studs are in place and working ; being an early spec helmet it features just two straps at the rear as opposed to four on post war C helmets. The rubber receiver carriers are good and firm with no splits and both are fitted with matched receivers marked with AM, Kings Crown and 10A/13466. The loom is the wider diameter wartime spec and the brown bell plug is marked 10H/10991. We have nothing here to test the avionics on so this helmet, like others offered, is for sale as a collectable only. The chinstrap is good but has lost some elasticity over the years. Inside the lining shows good honest service wear and it is named to the original owner ‘Barker’ with RAF service number 1812630. If any visitors to the site have any information on him please let us know and we can add detail to this description. One ear ‘doughnut’ has minor wear to the cover but all in all this is a good honest wartime C helmet in the condition it was in when it came out of service and no doubt it would have a story to tell. The size stamping is now indistinct but looks like 6 7/8 –7 which would make it a size 2 so RAF stores reference 22C/878. Not mint but these early examples of the second pattern C are becoming increasingly hard to find now -so grab it while you can!
6438 RAF B Type Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF B Type Flying Helmet - The standard flying helmet of the RAF in the early part of WW11 including the Battle of Britain the pattern was first issued in 1935 and remained current until replaced by the C type in late 1941. This example is in virtually un issued condition and other than a small amount of paint run on the oxygen mask snaps is mint. Often overlooked by collectors this helmet is without the characteristic domed receiver cups but is actually how it would have been issued with the receiver cups (stores reference 22C/66) being fitted by the station tailor to suit the wearers head requirements. That being said B helmets were also used in this configuration for training purposes when communications were not required. The leather shell is still soft and all the seams are tight. The chin and back adjuster straps are finished in an unusual burgundy leather; the chin strap chrome tip is still in place. The Bennett buckles are perfect with no damage to the leather coverings. Inside the condition is mint. The helmet has a makers label in the crown indicating the helmet is a size 1 (6 1/2-6 3/4) and as well as a kings Crown and A.M. It also carries stores reference nos 22C/65 and was made by Frank Bryan Ltd of London and Worcester. The helmet is dated 1939; later production examples omitted the manufacturers details and location as this would provide unwelcome attention from the Luftwaffe! The lining is also ink stamped B2 as well as a further AM and Kings Crown The velvet brow and strap linings are again mint. Whilst the variant with the classic bulbous receiver cups gets all the glory serious collections should also feature this variant and this one certainly satisfies the maxim ‘buy the best example you can afford’!
6439 RFC Period Trench Art Bookshelf - Click for the bigger picture SoldRFC Period Trench Art Bookshelf - A very attractive example made from the tips of an early laminated propeller. Sadly we have no provenance with it but looking at the shape and construction of the salvaged timber we would date to WW1 Royal Flying Corps period. The bookshelf has simple clean cut lines and is in excellent condition and would make a unique and practical Christmas present for the aviation enthusiast in your life! It measures 13” long and stands 8” high (33 cm x 20 cm)
5078 Luftwaffe LKpW101 Winter flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe LKpW101 Winter flying Helmet - A classic of the standard pattern which was introduced into service in 1938 and then served throughout WW11. The brown leather leather shell is in excellent condition and still supple with a lambs wool interior lining which shows some service grub, commensurate with use. The goggle straps are good and the metal buckles and oxygen mask clips show none of the normal tarnishing or rust and are therefore likely to be the early nickel plated examples. The avionics are complete and the helmet is fitted with the early round Mi4C throat microphones coded bxo, an indication this helmet is from early production. This seems to be confirmed by the label that states the makers name Siemens rather than just a manufacturing code used on later production helmets. The helmet is fitted with a long communication cord and four-pole break coupling. A super helmet and and as a final bonus the helmet label is marked 59 making it a scarce large size which would correspond in RAF sizing to a generous size 4. This one certainly ticks all the boxes and whilst not mint and boxed it is a classic example that has most certainly seen some action. It won’t be with us long!
6378 Splitterschutzbrille Pattern Anti Splinter Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldSplitterschutzbrille Pattern Anti Splinter Flying Goggles - These came in with a small Luftwaffe collection we have recently purchased. The previous owner was sadly sold this set of second pattern Nitsche and Gunther pattern goggles as originals by an unscrupulous dealer and unfortunately this has proved an expensive exercise for him. Sadly many ‘replicas’ of this pattern are available on the market (some less generous would call them fakes) and when purchasing it is very much a case of ‘Caveat Emptor’ when considering parting with a large chunk of the collecting budget and even more so if you don’t have the goggles in your hand. Many of these replicas originated from the Czech Republic although we are told by our contacts in that country the gentleman who made them is no longer with us and production has (currently) ceased. We have no idea of the origins of this set but they have been decently executed but are let down by a less than convincing back strap. The rigid frames are excellent and on reverse they are indistinctly marked "NiGuRa" and on the opposite side is stamped a ‘2’. Excellent tinted glass convex lenses are fitted and displayed with the ‘Netzkopfhaube’ flying helmet we have just listed they look the business. So an ideal purchase for a film company or reenactor who would not want to risk using an original but equally appealing to a collector to set off a Luftwaffe flying helmet display- for the fraction of the price of the real thing. We were advised the last of the Czech production was being offered in 2012 at EU 500 so grab a bargain whilst you can!
6379 Leitz Pattern Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldLeitz Pattern Goggles - We recently bought this set with a small collection of Luftwaffe flight headgear. They are technically general purpose goggles intended for motorized troops but whilst this was their designated use they are seen in period photos being worn by Luftwaffe aircrew and a near identical pair is listed in Anders Skotte’s reference book 'Luftwaffe Flight Headgear' where he describes as ‘flight goggles’. In appearance they are often confused with Model 306 but when placed alongside they are noticeably smaller in terms of frame and lens size. The rubber cushions are 100% sound and no perishing and the stitching is perfect. The olive green alloy frames have almost all the original olive paint on them. The single screw central nose bar adjuster is marked M.W. and on opposite side is stamped 42 dating them to 1942. The clear glass lenses fitted are exceptional and no fogging or damage. The original grey elastic back strap is fitted with correct adjusters but has lost some elasticity over the years but is fine for display purposes. Below each frame is a slide ventilation adjuster bar and really the only fault is on the right frame the adjuster end has broken off but does not notice or detract from a display point of view. The rubber face pads are stamped 18 and R on one and 28 on the other. All Luftwaffe flight goggles are getting very hard to find now so these represent an excellent alternative at an entry level price.
5176 Luftwaffe LKpN101 Netzkopfhaube Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe LKpN101 Netzkopfhaube Flying Helmet - this classic mesh flying helmet which has become synonymous with Luftwaffe fighter pilots in WW11. This example has a manufacturers label coded bxo indicating it was made by Deutsche Telphonwerke und Kabelindustrie AG, Berlin SO 36. The size stamp is 57 and hand written inside the crown is the name Hans Schmidt as well as D.F.L. which could be the initials of another owner. The helmet is in well used condition with a crack in the leather receiver housing on the left side whilst the netting is generally in very good shape. This example features tan leather receiver cups and provision for the Luftwaffe two point oxygen mask and is therefore an early pattern. This is reconfirmed by the throat microphones which are also marked bxo and Ln 26779-3 and are the earlier issue round type. The helmet carries the short communication cord favoured by fighter pilots but is interestingly fitted with what we believe to be a Russian issue 4 point communication plug and lead. This has clearly been retro fitted but can not establish if it was perhaps captured and subsequently used by a Russian airman or if the plug and cord has been replaced at a later date. We speculate this helmet may have been wreck recovered which would explain the damage mentioned and might explain the fitment of the Russian plug. We have seen cleaner helmets but this example still displays very well and is on offer at an entry level price.
1648 Russian Aviators Face Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRussian Aviators Face Mask - We were advised when purchased this mask was used by airmen in exposed crew positions to insulate the face and prevent frostbite and that it dates from circa WW11. We would not profess to be experts on Soviet era flying kit so we will leave it to prospective purchasers to ascertain exactly what we have here. We have however been able to match the mask very closely with a Russian example in an aviation museum so the facts look to be correct. It does not carry a makers label to give any clues although on the elastic straps are two ink stamps but these are not very clear but we can make out a ‘40’ that might indicate a manufacturing date of 1940? The mask itself is in excellent condition and made from soft tan leather with the inside being lined with short hair fur as found on a small rodent. So if you are into Russian flight clothing (or S & M!) this one could be for you!
4798 WW11 Fighter Aircraft Antenna Radio Mast - Click for the bigger picture SoldWW11 Fighter Aircraft Antenna Radio Mast - This is particularly nice example and clearly untouched since coming out of service. Surprisingly it has no data marks on it to help with an ID but our research indicates this to be a model AN-104-A of the type fitted to the P-51 Mustang. The hardwood body is enclosed in the original aluminium sheaf which carries much of the black paint showing service wear particularly to the leading edge. The mast is drilled at the top with a small hole to carry the aerial wire, whilst at the bottom is a female connector for a coax plug to carry the signal to the aircraft radio. The only damage to it is a split in the aluminium sheath on one side only but all in all it is an extremely impressive display item. Sadly the provenance of the aerial has been lost but it must certainly have a story to tell! Measures 32 “ (81 cm)
3968 Westland Whirlwind Helicopter Control Column and Grip - Click for the bigger picture SoldWestland Whirlwind Helicopter Control Column and Grip - We are advised this‘joystick’was removed from a Westland Whirlwind helicopter. It is profusely stamped with the data plate reading PT No AC 61860 and below ISS 1 000 followed by No 183 which appears to confirm its origins although we don’t know the actual airframe it was from. The stick itself is marked WAR.45.993.1531. The grip has a multitude of buttons, switches and controls ‘Hoist Up / Down’,‘Outside Light’, ‘Spare Switch’,‘Hoist Cable Cutter’ and others. It appears to have a brake lever fitted although we were advised this is actually for the Fuel Computer Disconnect. The original cabling is still connected and the whole unit is in good issued condition although it is offered as a collectable display item only and it carries no certificate of airworthiness! Measures 29” (74 cm) Please check the Whirlwind aircraft panels which we are also listing today.
5357 RAF C type Late pattern Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF C type Late pattern Flying Helmet - This is a fine example of an early post war helmet. Leather is very soft and retains all its original finish and the snaps are all functioning with most of the paint in place. This is a second pattern internally wired C helmet. These first entered service with the RAF (and allies) in 1944 and was the standard issue helmet for aircrew for the rest of the war and continued post war until the first hard hat helmet was introduced in early 1950’s. The receivers are marked with AM (Air Ministry) and a Kings Crown and below 10A/13466. The rubber receiver carriers, often a weak point on these helmets, are very crisp and no degradation at all. The wiring loom is fitted the additional small retaining straps either side of the exit point on the rear of the helmet. A standard bell plug marked 10H/10991 is fitted and like all our stock whilst for sale as a collectable item only we have had the avionics tested and we are told these are all in good working order. The elastic chin strap has a small area of fraying but still retains elasticity. Inside the leather lining is excellent with just minor service wear. Even the inspectors AID approval mark is still visible. The size stamping on this helmet is not clear but believe we can just make out the code 879 stamped in the shell making it a fitting size 3, the second largest size issued. These helmets in this size and condition are getting increasingly hard to find now and this one is well above the average.
6044 Rolls -Royce Merlin Engine Rocker Cover - Click for the bigger picture SoldRolls -Royce Merlin Engine Rocker Cover - Here is something for all of you who are saving up for that Spitfire but who are still some what short of the £1, 000, 000+ required! Whilst we have no history with it the back is distorted and we imagine the engine and airframe it was once attached to had a heavy landing. However from the front it looks very crisp with good clear Rolls Royce name so no doubt about its origins. It is also embossed D 32963 so it may be possible to trace its history. Having compared it to my own Battle of Britain period Merlin engine relic I would say this was from a late Mk of engine but really can’t add any more useful information to this description. It could of course be sprayed black and the Rolls Royce picked out in red but we have left it exactly as it came in. Measures 42” x 9” (107 cm x 21 cm)
1476 Trench Art Cigarette case - Click for the bigger picture SoldTrench Art Cigarette case - This example appears to have been made from aircraft alloy and has been finely worked by hand. One side features stylised flowers with a very 1930’s deco feel. The reverse carries another flower related pattern with a cartouche in the centre which may have been designed for initials or a name to be inserted but on this one it is blank. The hand made spring catch allows the case to open. Inside is an elastic strip to hold the cigarettes in place. Our feeling is this may have originated in North Africa and made by locals from wartime scrap for sale to the forces as a souvenir but it could also be an example of POW work. Either way it is an excellent example of the genre. Measures 5” x 3” (13 cm x 7.5 cm). Please also check out the other military cigarette cases we are listing today
5044 Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Beetham Presentation Trophy - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Chief Marshal Sir Michael Beetham Presentation Trophy - Few in the RAF have had a more illustrious career! Born in 1923 he enlisted in the RAFVR in 1942 as a Senior Aircraftsman and rose through the ranks to end up as Marshal of the Royal Air Force. In War II he was a Lancaster pilot carrying out a full tour with 50 squadron. As Chief of the Air Staff during the Falklands War he was involved in the decision to send the Task Force to the South Atlantic and and Operation Black Buck, which was to become the longest bombing raids in history, was his idea. This trophy was presented to Beetham when he was on a goodwill visit to India in 1960. He is recorded as meeting with the AOC I.A.F Air Marshall B.W.Chauhan on 26 January 1960 in Bangalore when clearly this gift was presented to him. The crest is marked Training Command Indian Air Force and the presentation plaque is fully engraved and named to Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael James Beetham, GCB, CBE, DFC, AFC, ADC when he was Chief of the Air Staff. The plaque and crest are mounted on a polished hardwood base and forms a unique item once owned by the top man in the RAF! Measures 6.5" long at base and stands the same high. (16 cm at base and the same height.)
4387 RAF Watch Tower Telephone - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Watch Tower Telephone - Here’s something that has more style than your i phone and exudes period charm! This is an RAF telephone clearly used in the airfield Control Tower but sadly we do not know on what base it served. The phone is the older type without a dial and dates from the days when you actually spoke to a real human being to get connected! To the front are two period notices one advising ‘In case of Fire Dial 117’ and confirms location as ‘Tower’ The other transfer advises ‘Warning Do NOT Discuss Classified Information’, on the basis of the war time adage ‘The Walls have Ears’! The base of the instrument is stamped with various details and is over stencilled with ‘BASE COMM.’ This phone we would estimate dates from the Cold War period and is possibly early 1960’s manufacture. Looks to be in good issued condition although the receiver wire is frayed but this could easily be rewired and the fraying ‘lost’ within the unit. Like all items listed for sale on the site on offer as a collectible and we can’t warrant if it could be made operational again but would look great on an appropriate desk!
4721 RAF Staff Car Pennant - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Staff Car Pennant - These were flown from official RAF staff cars of station commanders of the rank of Wing Commander and above. It is made from woven fabric in RAF blue with an embroidered RAF roundel to the centre The left side has a reinforced loop section for the flag to be fitted on the flag pole. We are told on RAF owned staff cars the flag pole was fitted by means of a screw in base plate that was permanently attached to the vehicle. On lease cars the flag pole was attached via a magnetic base. In generally good flown condition with minor age wear. The pennant is double sided and measures 12.5 “ x 5.75” (32 cm x 14.5 cm) and the roundel is about 4” diameter (10 cm).
5481 City of London 600 Squadron Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldCity of London 600 Squadron Plaque - Formed at Northolt in 1925 as a light bomber squadron in the Auxiliary Air Force. Blenheims arrived in January 1939 and was originally intended to operate both in the day and night role. However, the squadron soon adapted to the night fighter role and was one of the first units to use Airborne Interception radar. 600 Squadron served throughout the Battle of Britain flying from Manston, Hornchurch and Redhill. Beaufighters replaced the Blenheims in September 1940 and it continued to operate this type until 1945. With the reactivation of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 600 was reformed on 10 May 1946 at Biggin Hill as a day fighter squadron. It was initially equipped with Spitfires followed by Meteors. It was disbanded again on 10 March 1957. 600 is the only squadron in the RAF to have two official badges, this being one of them! The plaque is mounted on a hardwood shield. Some age fading to paint but generally good used condition. Mounting screw hole to font as shown. Shield measures 7” (17 cm)
6001 RAF School of P.T. Uxbridge Course Notebook - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF School of P.T. Uxbridge Course Notebook - Despite its somewhat lacklustre cover the contents of this notebook are superb! It covers the course notes taken by J.S.Wilkinson RAF service nos 542282 who attended number 32 Qualifying Course from 2 August 1938 to 7 October. His Commander is listed as F/Lt A.F.Ingram and Chief instructor is F/O E.J.Bradbury. The course notes, that cover 117 pages, are written in a very neat copperplate script. The notes cover elementary anatomy and physiology and are interspaced with numerous drawings and diagrams including many anatomical drawings, bone structures,, muscles and circulatory system. Part 2 commences with notes relating to Athletics including further sections on Hockey, Athletics, Football, Tennis, Rugby, Pass ball, and comprehensive notes on Boxing. The final two pages, we suspect drawn when the course was over, show a pastoral scene and we guess Pupil Wilkinson was in need of some R & R after a gruelling 2 months hard graft! The Royal Air Force School of Physical Training was formed on the same day as the RAF, 1st April 1918, at RAF College Cranwell. The School of PTI’s one of only 2 schools ofthe same age as the RAF still in existence, the other being the Central Flying School. In 1920, the School moved to RAF Uxbridge where it remained until the Second World War. Early in the War the School was closed down - presumably because everyone thought the War would be over by Christmas and there was no need to train more PTI’s! Would make a unique gift for any modern day PTI trainee and a reminder of how things were run in the RAF 76 years ago!
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