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RAF Very Pistol 1' Red Star Mk X11T Distress Flare Tin - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 30th August 2023

RAF Very Pistol 1' Red Star Mk X11T Distress Flare Tin - This example, which is now empty, would have contained three red star distress flares, designed to be used in conjunction with the standard RAF issue Very pistol and would have been included in both the single seat and multi place dinghy packs of WWII. Whilst the original paint shows some wear and suface rust minor this is hardly surprising after 79 years, but the writing on it is still readable. The top would originally have been taped to avoid moisture entering and is marked 'Do not remove sealing tape & open until cartridges are required'. The front detail confirms the contents as '3 Cartridges Signal 1" Red Mk X11. T. and 'Lot No' below. The same is written on the reverse side whilst on the side is 'Box No.381. Mk I'. In smaller writing towards the base is written '12MB/44' indicating the tin was made by the British Metal Box Company in 1944. The tin measures 3 1/2" x 2..75" (9 cm x 6 cm) and an identical example is illustrated on page 68 of Mick Prodger's excellent Luftwaffe V RAF Flight Equipment reference book. A small but critically important escape aid that most certainly helped save the lives of many downed aircrew in WWII. These are getting increasingly hard to find so grab this opportunity whilst you can!
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Sportsmariner 'Beaufort 'Pattern Lifejacket - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 23rd August 2023

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.

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