Nautical Instruments & Tools
Sportsmariner 'Beaufort 'Pattern Lifejacket
On offer is a vintage pattern orange canvas lifejacket, complete with oral inflation tube. The jacket is of the 'Beaufort' pattern but is marked 'Sportsmariner' and was made to approved British Standard BS3595, but only when fully inflated. There are various other markings and usage instructions written on the life jacket including suitable "For adult or child over 5 years " and "This jacket has an inherent buoyancy of 13.5 lbs (6 Kilos)". It also carries an inspection panel and whilst hard to decipher, appears to show a manufacturing date of March 1974, so after nearly 50 years this one is for sale as a decorative item, a stage or theatre prop or for a 'What I was wearing when the boat went down' themed party and should not be used anywhere near water!
The jacket shows some age related marks and corrosion to two pop studs but is generally in good original condition and is complete with its original Mk II rescue whistle made by R. Perry & Co Ltd. The final photograph attached shows an original picture published in the Oxford Mail & Times newspaper, apparently taken in a Driving examiners office with the caption 'Please be sure to wear this today'. The relevance of this 50 plus years later is lost on us but enjoy the pictureabway & it made us smile! The listing here is for the lifejacket only and we have just one of these available.