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5039
WWI RFC/RAF Air Safety Poster 'The Last Loop - Click for the bigger picture Reserved

New Stock - 27th June 2020

WWI RFC/RAF Air Safety Poster 'The Last Loop - On offer is a very scarce original WWI instructional lithograph poster issued by Air Technical Services on 6th April 1918. The RAF was created on April 1, 1918 and was formed by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) so this dates from just 5 days after the conception of the new service and together with its partner is the first example we have owned in 20 years trading. These Royal Flying Corps/RAF training posters were used to teach novice pilots during the First World War basic skills to help maximise their chances of surviving longer than the average. In 1916, the war entered its most deadly phase and reduced an RFC pilot's average life to just 18 hours in the air, having completed just 15 hours solo before being posted operationally. The RFC became known as 'The Suicide Club' with new pilots lasting, with average luck, just 11 days from arrival on the front and by early 1917, the Royal Flying Corp was losing 12 aircraft and 20 crew every day.

With this background it was essential for novice aircrew to minimise risks. We found an identical example in the Imperial War Museum collection and have borrowed their description here : 'The image occupies the majority, held within a black border. The title and text are separate and located along the bottom edge, in black, partially held within a black border. Further text is integrated and positioned in the lower right, in black and all set against a white background. The image is a depiction of the aftermath of an aerial dogfight between two aircraft. A British scout loops the loop in triumph after downing a German fighter (an Albatross D. III that entered squadron service in December 1916, and was immediately acclaimed by German aircrews for its manoeuvrability and rate of climb), only to lose control due to a badly damaged rudder and tail plane'. This is supported by the integral text : 'This diagram is the property of H. M. Government and is intended for Official use only. WHILE DOWNING A HUN YOUR MACHINE MAY HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY DAMAGED WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES ANY UNNECESSARY 'STUNTING' IS TO BE AVOIDED. 'THE LAST LOOP. 'AIR TECHNICAL SERVICES 0. T5 1544 6.4.18'

The fine and emotive image remains very crisp and it has not been pinned to a notice board. The only issue is snag damage to the paper in the top right corner (shown in pic6). This is in the cloud area but framed and glazed would hardly notice. It has been repaired on the back with tape and condition is exactly as it came to us. Otherwise no issues at all and the artwork remains very clear with no fading, foxing or other damage. The print measures 31.50" x 19.75" (77 cm x 50 cm) and came in with a partner safety poster that we are also listing today. Whilst on offer individually they would make great complementary pair and to encourage a double purchase we will offer a 10% discount on list price of both for a single sale. These posters turn up so infrequently they are hard to price but we did spot one in the series sold at auction in the US in April this year and with commission the new owner paid $1,000 or £ 800.00 The same auctioneer, LA-based Nate D Sanders had a set of 10 posters for sale recently and these were estimated at a hammer price of £6,000 or $7,500. Ours represents a rather better investment and we have also priced to reflect the area of damage mentioned. We suspect we will be unlikely to find more of the same anytime soon so grab the opportunity whilst you can, as when they are gone they are gone!

 
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WWI RFC/RAF Air Safety Poster 'Low Flying- Avoid Barrages' - Click for the bigger picture Reserved

New Stock - 27th June 2020

WWI RFC/RAF Air Safety Poster 'Low Flying- Avoid Barrages' - On offer is a very scarce original WWI instructional lithograph poster issued by the Royal Air Force Technical Diagram Department on 21st October 1918. The RAF was created on April 1, 1918 and was formed by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) so this dates from the very conception of the Royal Air Force and the first example we have owned in 20 years trading. These Royal Flying Corps/RAF training posters were used to teach novice pilots during the First World War basic skills to help maximise their chances of surviving longer than the average. In 1916, the war entered its most deadly phase and reduced an RFC pilot's average life to just 18 hours in the air, having completed just 15 hours solo before being posted operationally. The RFC became known as 'The Suicide Club' with new pilots lasting, with average luck, just 11 days from arrival on the front and by early 1917, the Royal Flying Corp was losing 12 aircraft and 20 crew every day.

With this background it was essential for novice aircrew to minimise risks and in this case the image is clear that flying low over a battlefield barrage was not to be recommended and better by far to take a more indirect route home, even if this meant longer flying over enemy held territory. The dangers faced were not exaggerated as years ago we were offered a display mounted small calibre shell that has been grabbed by an Observer in flight at the top of its trajectory -or so the display plaque said! The drawing is finely detailed and whilst painted by an unknown artist he clearly had battlefield experience. The aircraft depicted flying low over the barrage in the centre of the print seems to be an SE5A with his wingman, again flying low and in potential danger is off to starboard.

The fine and emotive image remains crisp and clear and it has not been pinned to a notice board and seeing its late issue date may have avoided seeing service that might explain it exceptional condition despite its 102 years of age. It measures 31.50" x 19.75" (77 cm x 50 cm) and would look fantastic framed and glazed. This came in with a partner earlier issue air safety poster 'The Last Loop' that we are also listing today. Whilst on offer individually they would make great complementary pair and to encourage a double purchase we will offer a 10% discount on list price for a single sale. These posters turn up so infrequently they are hard to price but we did spot one in the series sold at auction in the US in April this year and with commission the new owner paid $1,000 or £ 800.00 The same auctioneer, LA-based Nate D Sanders had a set of 10 posters for sale and these were estimated at a hammer price of £6,000 or $7,500. Ours represents a rather better investment!

 
4723
RNAS Trench Art Propeller Hub Clock - Click for the bigger picture Reserved

New Stock - 16th June 2020

RNAS Trench Art Propeller Hub Clock - Another beautiful example of the trench art craft at its very best! Many of the prop hub/clock conversions that we have seen over the years can look a bit hit and miss, or spoiled by the inappropriate addition of a modern clock but this is the exception. The curve of the original propeller blade blends finely into the line of the hub, in which is set off by a very fine 8 day clock and the finished effect is close to sculptural.

Whilst yet again its maker and history are not known, below the clock dial is mounted in relief an RNAS eagle, so we assume that to be the origins of the donor prop although we do not have clues as to the type of aircraft it came from. Whilst a little indistinct below the eagle are the original propeller stamps, including an AID 357 inspectors stamp. The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was the air arm of the Royal Navy, under the direction of the Admiralty's Air Department, and existed formally from 1 July 1914 to 1 April 1918, when it was merged with the Army's Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force, the world's first independent air force. It seems almost certain therefore this was crafted sometimes during the 1914-18 War.

It remains in very sound condition with no rot or worm but it does have a minor crack in timber below the RNAS eagle, that could well be as a result of an accident and why the prop became unserviceable. It is made from laminated timber and is beautifully waxed and polished. This functional yet decorative bit of aviation art has been enjoyed in my own personal collection for the last 11 years. When it was purchased we had the clock movement serviced (our clock repairer was very complimentary about the quality of the movement and indicated it may be French) so after this period of time it may be worth having it serviced again but suffice to say it is working perfectly at the moment and keeping excellent time. It comes complete with period key and the winding and hand adjustments are carried out from the rear by removing the brass panel. The clock stands 11 1/2" tall and is 10 1/2" wide measured on the base (29 cm x27 cm).

 
5163
WWI Aviation Treen Trench Art Box - Click for the bigger picture Reserved

New Stock - 16th June 2020

WWI Aviation Treen Trench Art Box - This item came from the same collection as the fine RFC tray we have just listed. It is again beautifully crafted and has a very sculptural shape with a lovely curve to it. It is made from waxed and polished laminated hardwood, probably mahogany. This one we are almost certain has been made from a donor scrapped propeller and whilst we have no way of knowing looking at the build quality it could well have been made by the same person who crafted the tray. Measures 7" long by 2.25" high by 1.5" wide at its widest point (18 cm long by 5.5 cm high by about 4 cm).

 
5160
Royal Flying Corps Trench Art Tray - Click for the bigger picture Reserved

New Stock - 16th June 2020

Royal Flying Corps Trench Art Tray - Another absolute stunner that has come in from a top RFC private collector. Whilst its history has again been lost it is clear the hands that made it, almost certainly during WWI, were very skilled. It is beautifully crafted and aptly fits the description 'bespoke' with laid in marquetry and an impressive RFC pilots wings carved in the centre. We believe this to be a one off handmade piece of trench art rather than being commercially produced. Looking at some of the laminated timber it could well have been made from scrap propeller wood but we can't be 100% sure on this but this was often the source of donor materials for such objects. The lightly waxed timber simply glows in the sunlight and despite being IRO 100 + years old is in near perfect condition with no rot, worm or other damage. The reverse is finished in a brown velvet that remains sound but has age related marks. A really special display item and of a quality that makes it a one off. It measures an impressive 18.5" x 12.5" (46.5 cm x 32 cm).

 
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