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6672
RAF Aircrew Snail Whistle - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Aircrew Snail Whistle - A good original issued example with clear embossing with King's Crown, AM, 23/230 and on reverse 293/14/L1795. Some wear to chrome finish, commensurate with service use and a nice sign to differentiate the original item from the reproductions now available on the market. The suspension loop is still attached and these were often hung from the collar loop of the aircrew battledress blouse or from Mae West lifejackets, as illustrated in the famous picture attached showing Guy Gibson and his 617 Squadron crew. A small but indispensable rescue aid that must have saved the lives of many downed allied airmen in WWII.

£60.00
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4014
Luftwaffe First Pattern M35 Map Case - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Luftwaffe First Pattern M35 Map Case - A very fine issued example manufactured by Leo Schmidt, O.H.G München 15, 1935. This company made a variety of high quality leather items for the German armed forces including boots, webbing, pistol holders or as here map cases or Kartentasche. These were used by both Army and Air Force personnel including the Fallschirmjäger both pre-war and throughout WWII. In Luftwaffe use they were issued on a limited basis, to specifically designated personnel such as unit commanders, pilots, and observers.

This example is in exceptional condition with no issues and with the added bonus that the normally missing leather & plastic map holder insert, that remains within the case. The M35 map/dispatch case was based on the Weimar era Reichsheer pattern but with minor improvements incorporated. The front closure arrangement was simplified in mid-1936 with the replacement by a standard buckle and an additional small front pocket was added in 1938, although the early pattern cases continued to be manufactured throughout the war.

The case has a leather flap that is held secure by the a base metal slide in bar closure system with three slots cut in the flap to allow for the size of the contents. Inside the flap exposes 7 recesses for assorted pencils, a wooden ruler holder, an receptacles for an eraser and a map case pocket knife. Nearly always the contents is now absent as here but this is compensated for by the leather and plastic map holder that is in great original condition. Whilst the outside of the case carries the makers details as mentioned, the inside flap carries further clues to its service life with the Luftwaffe This is clearly stamped 'Kdtr. Trav' which we believe is the German military abbreviation for 'Kommandantur' meaning 'Administrative Headquarters Commandant's Office' which is over stamped 'Fl. H. Kdtr Pütniz, ' which refers to 'Fliegerhorst Kommandantur, headquarter of the Airfield' and a further stamp reads Fl. Schule Pütnitz, which translated is 'Flying School Pütnitz'. Below is a further stamp '35' which we assume confirms the 1935, manufacture date. On line research indicates Pütnitz-Damgarten was a Luftwaffe airfield built by the Wehrmacht in 1935-36 and inaugurated as a Luftwaffe Fliegerhorstkommandantur on 1 October 1936. Pütnitz was a training station for flying, navigation, instrument flight and airborne radio throughout the war. During 1944 and 1945 the station command at Pütnitz was Fl. H.Kdtr. A (o) 5/III

A similar example is illustrated in Mick Prodoger's 'Luftwaffe V RAF Flight Equipment' book page 118. It would be hard to find such a crisp original 'Kartentasche' as this, together with the added service history of the base and unit it served with lifts this example above the norm.

£142.00
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PC220
Luftwaffe AK39 Armbandkompass with extension strap - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Luftwaffe AK39 Armbandkompass with extension strap - The AK39 Wrist Compass was first introduced in 1939 for use by German aircrew for navigation purposes if forced to abandon their aircraft. Whilst designed for wrist use, as its name implies, but many period photographs exist of it attached to Schwimmweste, or other bits of flight equipment. The AK39 came in two variants and this example is the first specification; the very early production models had a solid black bezel that was followed by a translucent bezel as here.

These early compasses were generally manufactured by the Kadlec Instrumente-Fabrik Elektrische Instrumente of Prag Czechoslovakia, while under German occupation, although this example does not give any clues as to who made it on the dial. The reverse of the black plastic case is embossed with the full specification including Armbandkompass; interestingly below it normally read 'Bauart Kadlec' confirming the maker and it looks as though this may have been ground out although an identical example is shown on page 311 of 'Deutsche Luftwaffe' and was probably done in production to avoid telling the enemy where the production facility was based. Below the removed wording is 'Baumuster AK 39', 'Werk nr. 10152808' and the Luftwaffe requisition number, Anforderz Fl 23235. The compass card swings freely and the bezel rotates as intended but like most examples we see the air bubble is slightly larger than intended, but the oil remains very clear. The compass is fitted with the original wrist strap and buckle that remains in good issued condition. As a really nice bonus item this example is fitted with an original leather strap extension that was designed so the compass could be wrist worn over a heavy flying suit or jacket The compass diameter is 2.4" or 6 cm. A fine example of the early model that would sit happily in any Luftwaffe collection.

£175.00
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3116
Luftwaffe Dreieckrechner DR2 Flight computer - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Luftwaffe Dreieckrechner DR2 Flight computer - In addition to mechanical and electrical radio directional navigation aids the Luftwaffe also utilized two different models of manual flight navigation devices which were basically circular slide rules to assist in navigation calculations. These were referred to by flight crew as 'Knemeyer' after the inventor Siegfried Knemeyer (5 April 1909 – 11 April 1979) who was a German aeronautical engineer, aviator and the Head of Technical Development at the Reich Ministry of Aviation during World War II. The earliest examples date from around June 1936 with the latest being dated November 1942.

This example is in good issued condition made by DENNERT & PAPE in Hamburg, Germany on April 1941 and carries Fl no 23825. The metal edges to the instrument show minor rubbing to the original paint finish as is to be expected. Both top and bottom dials show signs of service use but everything operates as intended and would sit happily in a Luftwaffe or general aviation collection. Measures 6" diameter (15 cm)

£125.00
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1799
Luftwaffe AK39 Armbandkompass - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Luftwaffe AK39 Armbandkompass - The AK39 Wrist Compass was first introduced in 1939 for use by German aircrew for navigation purposes if forced to abandon their aircraft. Whilst designed for wrist use, as its name implies, many period photographs exist of it attached to Schwimmweste, or other bits of flight equipment. The AK39 came in two variants and this example is the first specification; these were generally manufactured by the Kadlec Instrumente-Fabrik Elektrische Instrumente of Prag Czechoslovakia, while under German occupation, although this example does not give any clues as to who made it. The reverse of the black plastic case is embossed with the full specification including Armbandkompass, followed by Baumuster AK 39, Werk nr. 10244972 and the Luftwaffe requisition Fliegermaterial number, Anforderz Fl 23235. The compass card swings freely but like most examples we see the air bubble is slightly larger than intended, but the oil remains very clear. The compass is fitted with the original wrist strap and buckle that remains in good issued condition. Generally this is an above the average example that would sit happily in any collection. The compass diameter is 2.4" or 6 cm. £135.00
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6743
RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite - Click for the bigger picture Sold - Similar Available RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite - Manufactured by the Bendix Aviation Co. from 1941 and issued to both RAF and USAAF aircrew in WWII. Often referred to as 'Aerial Kites' as they were made to lift 260 feet of steel wire from the coil drum on the 'Gibson Girl' emergency transmitter. This was effectively copied from a 1941 captured Luftwaffe issue example which used a winged as opposed to the standard box kite design adopted by the British. The system went into mass production in the USA with an initial order placed for 11,600 sets which became standard issue for multi person dinghies for aircrew operating over sea. The full kit also included a balloon and hydrogen generator, as an alternate to the kite, when wind conditions prevented its use.

This example comes complete with its cotton issue bag which is close to mint, with just very light storage marks. It is fully stamped which makes mention of the original contents that would have included inflation tubes and a hydrogen generator. On offer here is just the kite but what makes it exceptional is the fact is appears mint and as issued. The cloth is neatly bound with cord ties as shown in our illustration and it is clear it has never been assembled. These kites featured a fold up aluminium frame that was designed to be 'idiot proof' and featured a 'pop-out spider' to facilitate assembly in a pitching dinghy. The kite had two different bridle attachment points, one for winds 7–20 miles per hour, the other for 15–40 miles per hour. In the folded state you can still read the reference to the 40 MPH attachment ring. Whilst we are happy to break the factory binding cord and assemble the kite on request, we prefer to leave it in its 'mint and boxed' state which makes this example so unique. Many of these that have survived have been used post war for recreational purposes (self-included! and we have had them with messages written on the cloth giving owners name and address and 'Please return if found'! This is certainly not the case here, so if you wish to add a pristine example to you collection in a condition as it left the Bendix factory all those years ago, this is the one for you! Kite folded in storage bag measures 22" (56 cm)

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6301
RAF Type 48 Magnetic Microphone - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Type 48 Magnetic Microphone - A standard WWII example of the type fitted to the E, E* and G pattern oxygen masks. It carries an embossed stores reference code 10A/12570 to the face plate as well as the microphone 'On' and 'Off' switch. The microphone is wired up with a wartime specification flecked short cord and a two pin female connector to plug into an internally wired RAF C, D or E pattern flying helmet. A near identical example is shown on page 46 top left of Mick Prodger's excellent Luftwaffe V RAF Flight clothing book. We discovered a small quantity of these in a forgotten warehouse and these appear to never have been issued. Other than a minor mark to the face plate it appears in near perfect condition. Interestingly the box in which this example was discovered has written outside 'checked 30/6/44' and below a further check date of 22/11/44. Like all our kit for sale as a collectable but we would not be surprised if this is not still in good working order -despite the passing of close to 75 years!

£26.00
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6071
R.N.A.S. Haldon Clock Presented to Lt F.C.Muir R.N.V.R. - Click for the bigger picture In Stock R.N.A.S. Haldon Clock Presented to Lt F.C.Muir R.N.V.R. - Here we have a very fine Art Deco Smith's Electric Clock which was presented by his fellow Officers to the recipient on the occasion of his wedding in WWII. It carries a fine solid silver hallmarked plaque to the top indicating the maker was 'RP' who we believe to be Robert Pringle of London. It also carries a London assay mark and a date letter for 1937. The plaque is a finely engraved and reads:- 'Presented to Lieut & Mrs F.C. Muir on the occasion of their marriage by 794 Squadron & Personnel of R.N.A.S Haldon 3rd January 1942.

We have been able to trace Lt Muir and as an Acting Sub Lieutenant he was serving with R.N.V.R. 794 Squadron in August 1940. The airfield, situated in Devon inland from Dawlish and Teignmouth, was initially used in WWII by the RAF the Research Development Flight, from RAF Boscombe Down, engaged in developing balloon cable cutters and airfield rocket defences. The airfield was transferred to the Admiralty in August 1941 and the main role for RNAS Haldon was that of a relief landing ground and a refuelling stop for Air Towed Target aircraft. Detachments from RNAS Yeovilton frequented the station operating over the Lyme Bay live firing ranges. Aircraft types included Defiant, Skua, Swordfish, & Spitfire. On December 31st 1942 the station lost its commissioned name and it was reduced to Care & Maintenance status in May 1943. The Admiralty officially closed and paid off RNAS Haldon on February 17th 1946 and the Gilding School left for Exeter in June 1946 and was the last military flying unit to operate from the site.

The clock was clearly a quality piece in its day and was made by Smiths Electric Clocks Ltd of Cricklewood London. The hands are adjusted from the rear and it would have originally operated on a mains 200/250 volts connection. The mains cord is now absent and whilst subject to professional checks it may be possible to get functioning again it is for sale here purely as an historic art deco and R.N.A.S collectable from an often overlooked Devon air station of WWII.

£85.00
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OC452
Aircraft Piston Grip Display Stand - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Aircraft Piston Grip Display Stand - We had this original aircraft piston custom modified with a central alloy mount machined up and bolted to the top to provide a unique display stand for an aircraft control grip. The example shown, which is ex Harvard/Texan, is not included in the sale but is offered for sale below against item 3743 and comes complete with the appropriate control column, but is included here for display purposes only.

We are unsure of the actual engine the piston came from but inside it is marked 'Lycoming' and also stamped 'Z243' and 'P1'. We have been advised it may have been taken from a Wright Cyclone engine, for whom Lycoming made the pistons, so if correct could have been used on types such as the RAF Boston, A20, the Mitchell and others. If any visitors to the site can provide a more definite ID we will add it to our description.

The diameter of the piston is 5.2" (13 cm).The grip support strut is 4.33" high (11 cm) and it's diameter is 1.18" (3 cm). We can't think of a better way to display an aircraft grip so grab it whilst you can as this is a one off item and when it is gone it is gone!

£85.00
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OC451
Gosport Connector Tube - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Gosport Connector Tube - Another item that has just come in with a box of assorted aircraft instruments which we are currently listing. This is another first for us and believe it is a section of semi flexible metal tubing that would have facilitated instructor and pupil to communicate via their Gosport tubes, perhaps from a DH Tiger Moth? We surmise this as the chromed metal ends exactly fit the male ends of a Gosport tube and frankly we can't think what other aviation use this item may have had. Of course if any visitors to the site can add any words of wisdom we will add these to this description. The black finished tube appears in excellent condition and remains semi flexible; the slightly flared chromed ends carry a little surface rust as shown but all in all it is basically sound. Tube measures 19.75" (50 cm) end to end. Tube diameter at each end is.75" (1.75 cm). £12.00
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5653
Original DH82 Tiger Moth Propeller and Spinner - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Original DH82 Tiger Moth Propeller and Spinner - This example was purchased for my own collection back in 2011 and has since that date has graced the wall of our Oldnautibits HQ. However a growing collection of assorted propellers has necessitated a thinning out of the collection and it is time for this stunning example to be rehomed. It last flew on DH82 De Havilland Tiger Moth 11 back in 1987. The airframe construction number is 82102 and was manufactured in 1939 was taken on charge with the Royal Air Force with serial number N6847. On line research indicates the airframe was converted to a Thruxton Jackaro and obtained its C of A 15th May 1959 but was converted back to the Tiger Moth spec in 1984 and is currently airworthy in its original RAF configuration and colour scheme.

The propeller, despite being in very good condition, comes without paperwork and is for sale purely as an impressive display piece and is of a fine pitch variety. The previous owner made up a very useful metal wall mount which is included with the sale and is set off by a metal spinner as shown in our illustration. The hub has various stampings on it but these are largely obscured by the paintwork. As shown in the photograph the wooden propeller is finished in a high gloss black lacquer with yellow tips. It measures 80" long (2030 cm) tip to tip and weighs about 8 kilos. As with all out stock more detailed pictures are available on request. Personal pick up would be preferred on this one but we can look into the possibility of courier delivery if you can advise the destination address. We have noticed a replica Tiger Moth prop currently for sale in the UK over £1000; here you can buy an original with mount and spinner for rather less!

£750.00
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6546
RAF Red Star Mk 12T Distress Flare Tin - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Red Star Mk 12T 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 surface rust that is hardly surprising after 73 years but the writing on it is still readable. The top would originally have been taped on 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 12. 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/45' indicating the tin was made by the British Metal Box Company in 1945. 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. This is example is not in quite such good condition as the one we have just sold and this is reflected in the price.

£35.00
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6382
WWII RAF Airspeed Oxford Propeller 1940 - Click for the bigger picture Sold - Similar Available WWII RAF Airspeed Oxford Propeller 1940 - The Oxford (nicknamed by all as 'Ox-box') was used to prepare aircrews for Operations in RAF Bomber Command and could simultaneously train pilots, navigators, bombaimers,, gunners and radio operators on the same flight, so was a perfect mobile classroom in the sky. In addition to training duties, Oxfords were used in communications and anti-submarine roles and as air ambulances in the Middle East. As an interesting aside this prop is of fixed pitch yet the Oxford's instrument panel had a feathering control switch. When we queried this with one who is 'in the know' the answer was simple. Most aircrew training on the Oxford would go on to A/C with props that feathered. So they were taught how using a non-operative dummy switch which moved from coarse to fine pitch but was actually not connected to anything!

This is an absolutely superb examples that would be impossible to upgrade. No chips or dings and finished in original black RAF paint with yellow tips. The two data plates on the hub are spot on. One is clearly dated July 1940 and below two lead seals one with an AID inspectors stamp marked 31K.Below is stamped K9024 and 73090. Carrying the ultimate date of July 1940 it means this prop served during the Battle of Britain period, although of course the Oxford being a training aircraft did not take part directly. The other plaque is stamped with 'DRG No Z3810/4, Cheetah 1X and LH D7 5' P628'. This indicates the propeller drawing number (with Z confirming the manufacturers were the Airscrew Co. of Great Britain), the engine (a Mk IX air-cooled Cheetah), left hand rotation and pitch and diameter of the blades.

It is a fantastic display size and makes a real statement as it measures 90" (229 cm) tip to tip and is 15" (38 cm) wide measured on the diameter of the hub on the wider side. In many ways it is reminiscent of the early Watts fixed pitch wooden propellers, the ultimate goal of all serious WWII prop collectors and as fitted to Mk I Spitfires and Hurricanes. Ours however is a fraction shorter and very significantly cheaper! As with all our stock feel free to request additional detailed photographs so you don't need to just take our word for how nice this pieces of WWII RAF history really is! Due to its size we would prefer to sell this one on a collection only basis but feel free to check with us on possible delivery options. We have had a few examples of these over the years but this one really does tick all the boxes! And it is both 100% more original whilst less than a third of the price of a restored example currently on sale with a London dealer for £3,200!

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1680
Luftwaffe/ Fallschirmjager Parachute Carry Bag - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Luftwaffe/ Fallschirmjager Parachute Carry Bag - Standard issue for both Luftwaffe aircrew and also Fallschirmjager troops and designed to carry both parachutes and harnesses. Made of coarse light brown hessian or burlap material with webbing handles and green cotton reinforced edges. These were fastened by 'Lift the Dot' fasteners that are stamped 'Zieh Hier' (literally 'Pull Here').The reverse side is stamped DRP indicating, Deutsche Reichs Patent or German National Patent. This example is also embossed to the top flap with the Luftwaffe stores reference number Fl 30220. The bag is empty and has simply been display stuffed for photographic purposes. It is generally in excellent issued condition with just minor wear to the inner green edging material but this is hidden when closed. Measures 16" x 16"x 13" (40 cm x 40 cm x 33 cm)

£125.00
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3040
Air Ministry Mechanics Oil Can by T.E.Bladon - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Air Ministry Mechanics Oil Can by T.E.Bladon - A good issued example in brass with a curved spout with a threaded tip but as usual the screw in stopper is absent.. The base of the spout is clearly stamped with the makers name T.E.Baldon (who also made oil lamps for the railways). This example carries an impressive Kings Crown and AM (Air Ministry) property mark and is dated 1940 so was clearly used in the RAF and would have served throughout WWII including the battle of Britain. The reservoir of the can is accessed by a removable threaded plug on the base..No doubt this was an essential piece of kit in an RAF 'Erk's' tool box. Sadly no history with this one but no doubt it has a story to tell! Minor bumps and knocks commensurate with use but a modest but interesting display item in an RAF collection. Measures 9" (23 cm) £28.00
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OC347
Westland Whirlwind XJ 393 Access Panels - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Westland Whirlwind XJ 393 Access Panels - On offer are two aluminium panels that were originally fitted to Westland Whirlwind HAR 3, registration A2538 construction number 10A/57 and registration code XJ 393. This aircraft was the original prototype Mk III Whirlwind and first flew on 27th June 1955. She spent most of her active life at Research Establishments (A&AEE, Defford, Pershore), before becoming an RN Instructional Airframe. She was then displayed at the now defunct Torbay Aircraft Museum and was finally scrapped in 1993.

The panels have faded green paint on outside and silver inside and with the aircraft code XJ 393 stencilled to each. Metal parts show some rust and age related staining. The panels fasten to the airframe with metal turn screws and one panel has a canvas pouch to the inside stencilled 'Window Curtain Stowage (empty). We imagine these panels fitted over the crew compartment windows but stand to be corrected on this. If you are a Whirlwind fan or happen to have an old airframe in your back garden these could be just for you! Panel one measures 22 1/2" x 22 1/2" (57 cm x 57 cm) and panel two is 24 1/2" x 23" (62 cm x 23 cm.)
£25.00
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5271
Mk II & Mk II* Gunsight Replacement Reflector - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Mk II & Mk II* Gunsight Replacement Reflector - Most of the original WWII figher gunsights we see have chipped or broken reflectors fitted. Original replacements are both difficult to find and expensive, so we have here a much cheaper and practical solution. This item has been made up to the original dimensions using optically corrected perspex. Fitted to an original gunsight, it is virtually impossible to tell it is not an original item as you can see on the attached picture showing an identical example use on my Spitfire cockpit section project. We currently only have one example in stock but more are on order and are expected in soon. 4.5" square (114mm) £35.00
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4372
Air Ministry Salters No. 20T Trade Spring Scales - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Air Ministry Salters No. 20T Trade Spring Scales - In a lifetime collecting RAF memorabilia, this is the first set of RAF issue scales we have ever seen. These are clearly marked on the brass dial with a crown, A.M. and 4A/NIV C22B and B122754/40, thus dating the instrument to 1940 and highly likely it served through the Battle of Britain. The dial is also engraved Silvesters Patent, Made in England, to weigh 150 lbs. On the back of the instrument is painted C Flight, although sadly no squadron details. We do not know the exact use for these scales but possibly for weighing kit bags and personal items prior to an overseas posting to calculate the aircraft's loading weights. We spoke to a specialist Salter's scale collector and he too confirmed the rarity of this item and suspect we will wait a long time to find another. It is heavy, so please check delivery costs with us before ordering. Dial diameter 15.5" (39 cm) £145.00
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4514
Wellworthy Trench Art Piston Ashtray - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Wellworthy Trench Art Piston Ashtray - Manufactured from an original piston marked: Wellworthy 567401 4 Injectorbide A6/11599 Alfin AEC LOEX HMB. We have no idea what engine this would have been used in, although the Wellworthy factory was established in 1919, supplying engine components to the aircraft industry and finally closed for business in 1989. This example is particulary attractively engineered. Diameter 5.25" (13.5 cm) £45.00
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6603
Royal Flying Corps Mk I Bigsworth Board by Blériot - Click for the bigger picture Sold Royal Flying Corps Mk I Bigsworth Board by Blériot - In 20 years trading this is only the third example of one of these early boards we have been fortunate enough to source and offer for sale. Both the others were manufactured by 'The General Instrument and Engineering Co. Ltd', London whilst this one is stamped on the reverse 'Bleriot London', with the manufacturers details again being confirmed on the spares envelope as 'Bleriot Ltd, 4, Catesby St, Walworth, S. E.17'. On line research indicates BLERIOT traded as Bleriot-Odkent, London and was stablished 1905 making head, side and tail lamps, dynamos, lighting sets and it seems aviation map boards! In September 1910 Blériot opened a flying school at the newly established Hendon aerodrome near London and another in July 1914 at Brooklands in Surrey and also established a small factory there, becoming known as the Air Navigation and Engineering Company; ANEC survived until 1926. Blériot also built a large aircraft factory on Station Road, Addlestone in 1917; aircraft constructed were taken by road to Brooklands for final assembly and test flying.

We have no idea how many of these map boards Blériot's company made but our guess is not many and this is a rare survivor. It comes in it's original card box, that is now showing significant age wear, but is amazing it has survived at all. The instrument, known in service as ' a Bigsworth' board' was issued to aircraft navigators and observers in the RFC and RNAS so that they had a convenient way to plot their aircraft's course in flight, of course in an open cockpit. The inventor was Air Commodore Arthur Wellesley Bigsworth CMG, DSO & Bar, AFC, who was a pioneer aviator who had a distinguished military career and the man Captain W. E. Johns named his famous character "Biggles" after! The board features and acetate retaining cover (now showing some age wear) and beneath is an equally scarce original RFC chart, sheet 32, dated April 1916 showing the Melun area of Northern France where the first Battle of the Marne was fought in 1914. These charts were specifically made for the board and the acetate prevents it being blown away in the slipstream.

The board is fitted with a moveable protractor arm that carries a combined protractor/parallel rule acetate and the spares envelope contains an alternative protractor featuring a different scale (now showing some age damage). The reverse of the board is in close to mint condition, carrying the embossed makers details as mentioned, together with a Ministry arrow property mark and another in a square that may be an AID inspectors stamp. We understand these chart boards continued to be used by the RAF during the 1930's and looking at the design it clearly influenced the far more common larger WWII map board stores reference 6B/137. This is a museum quality item that rarely appears on the collectors market and with the added bonus of carrying the Blériot name, one of the most famous to be associated with the very early days of aviation. Measures 14"x 14" (36 cm x 36 cm)

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5085
Royal Flying Corps Swagger Stick - Click for the bigger picture Sold Royal Flying Corps Swagger Stick - Another Royal Flying Corps item we are listing today, in this instance a rather nice RFC Officers swagger stick. It carries a brass cap which is engraved 'RFC'. The opposite end carries a brass ferrule and both are nicely polished. The stick is a little unusual as the few we have seen here are made from bamboo cane whilst this one is of ebonised wood which to my eyes is more classy. The stick has a very slight bend but this does not detract and with a lovely period patina it would sit happily in any RFC collection. Whilst we acquired here in the south west of England its associated history has sadly been lost down the years but as we so often say it almost certainly would have a story to tell. Measures 24.5" (62 cm)

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5310
Luftwaffe Leuchtpistole Heeres Model 1928 Flare Pistol - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Leuchtpistole Heeres Model 1928 Flare Pistol - This pattern was adopted to replace the M1894 of WWI vintage and was carried by Luftwaffe single seat fighter pilots and many bomber crews throughout WWII. These were often carried in the special pocket incorporated within the Luftwaffe Channel Trousers Early models were made from steel but subsequently of aluminium alloy, introduced prior to the start of WWII. This is such an example and is clearly maker coded 'ac' indicating the manufacturer was Walther with the date code below for 1941. The blued finish has largely worn away from this example but is otherwise in excellent shape. The body is stamped 6890B together with various other makings including two clear Walther Waffenamt stamps with 359 below. Excellent Bakelite grips, lanyard ring and metalwork. The firing mechanism cocks and 'fires' firmly and the breach both opens and locks perfectly. This flare pistol comes with a deactivation certificate and can be legally owned in the UK without the need of a fire arms certificate. The RAF version seems very crude in comparison to this finely designed and engineered German model. A similar example is shown on page 54 of Mick Prodger's Luftwaffe V RAF Flying Equipment reference book. Measures 9.5" (24 cm)

Please note due to shipping restrictions on deactivated weapons this item is only available to customers based in the U. K.
A Recent Sale
6633
Rate of Climb Mk 3(P)* Instrument - Click for the bigger picture Sold Rate of Climb Mk 3(P)* Instrument - An excellent post WWII RAF example dating from 1961 and the Mk 3 variant was fitted in a variety of aircraft of the period including the great Avro Vulcan, Canberra, Meteor and Hunter. The dial is in excellent condition and confirms manufactured by Kelvin Hughes and is further marked KRA 0205. The reverse of the instrument has an MOD data plate repeating all the spec details as well as a serial nos GP 587/61 thus confirming the date of manufacture. The dial is graduated with a scale of 0-4 indicating rate of climb (or decent) of 1000 feet per minute. This item is for sale as a collectable only. The diameter of the instrument measured across the dial is 3.25" (8.5 cm) A Recent Sale
6635
RAF Altimeter Mk X VIIA - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Altimeter Mk X VIIA - These were designed as cabin altimeters for the navigators use, calibrated according to the I. C. A. N. Law and recording a height of up to 35,000 feet. Whilst this example is not dated we believe it to be of post war manufacture but this pattern was used on a variety of aircraft including the Lancaster, again for the navigators use. The instrument features a lubber line visible through an aperture in the face of the dial. The dial is also marked with stores reference number 6A/1538 whilst the back of the case is Broad Arrow property marked. A very crisp instrument but like all our stock on offer for sale as a collectable only. Dial diameter is 3.25" (8.5 cm)

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Vintage Lator 17 Jewel Chronograph Watch - Click for the bigger picture Sold Vintage Lator 17 Jewel Chronograph Watch - Whilst I don't profess to be an expert in vintage watches I have always had an interest in them and more so for those of military style or origin. I am currently thinning out my own collection and have decided to let this classic Lator go to a new home. I purchased it at auction back in 2003 and other than having the chronograph function repaired it has not been touched since and has never been worn whilst in my ownership.

The overall condition reflects the lack of use and believe our picture tells the full story. The steel body, bezel and crystal are all in remarkably good shape, as is the stunning black dial. All the chrono functions work correctly with the top button starting the sweep second hand with the right hand subsidiary dual recording the elapsed time from 0 to 45 minutes. The bottom button stops the sweep second hand and elapsed time, whilst a further press zeros the second hand and the cumulative minute counter back to zero. The left hand subsidiary dial records seconds and continues to run independently of the chrono function. The central control is for standard manual winding.

I have personally never removed the screw watch back but when purchased I had a colleague who specialised in clocks and watches check it out. He advised the movement fitted is a very high quality Landeron 248 example. A little research via on line chat rooms indicated the following and I quote, with thanks to blogger Michael Stockton :- 'I've featured a couple Landeron pieces before and it's clear that this is the redheaded stepchild of vintage chronograph movements. Well, it shouldn't be, unless durable, easily repaired and accurate movements are ripe for disdain. You will get a legitimate vintage chronograph that boasts a movement so fool proof that it made chronographs available to the masses. Think of a Landeron 248 much like you would a Ford Model T and you're on the right track'. Certainly a great endorsement from one who knows!

The one oddity on this watch is the back plate is Broad Arrow marked and below 6B/551 and 2296/67. This would appear to indicate the watch had RAF associations but my limited research has failed to confirm this. I have again found online a chat room advising of a Lator chronograph carrying similar makings to ours with debate, concerning its origins, but again no final decision was reached. So in view of this (and unlike some E bay sellers we could name! we are offering as 'A military style chronograph' probably dating from the 1960's that sits well both on the wrist or in a specialist collection. Whilst it appears to be in good working order it has not been serviced in at least 15 years but we will leave that decision to the new owner. It is fitted with an appropriate mint and unused grey nylon NATO strap by CWC and as with all our stock please ask if you require further detailed photographs.

Pricing on this model remains a mystery. Currently one is for sale on the net at £1,495.00 and another at £635.00 The last one we saw actually sold made £310.00 on E bay in March 2018 and believe this is closer to the mark so we are pricing ours in the same ballpark and is for sale as seen.- Whilst I don't profess to be an expert in vintage watches I have always had an interest in them and more so for those of military style or origin. I am currently thinning out my own collection and have decided to let this classic Lator go to a new home. I purchased it at auction back in 2003 and other than having the chronograph function repaired it has not been touched since and has never been worn whilst in my ownership.

The overall condition reflects the lack of use and believe our picture tells the full story. The steel body, bezel and crystal are all in remarkably good shape, as is the stunning black dial. All the chrono functions work correctly with the top button starting the sweep second hand with the right hand subsidiary dual recording the elapsed time from 0 to 45 minutes. The bottom button stops the sweep second hand and elapsed time, whilst a further press zeros the second hand and the cumulative minute counter back to zero. The left hand subsidiary dial records seconds and continues to run independently of the chrono function. The central control is for standard manual winding.

I have personally never removed the screw watch back but when purchased I had a colleague who specialised in clocks and watches check it out. He advised the movement fitted is a very high quality Landeron 248 example. A little research via on line chat rooms indicated the following and I quote, with thanks to blogger Michael Stockton :- 'I've featured a couple Landeron pieces before and it's clear that this is the redheaded stepchild of vintage chronograph movements. Well, it shouldn't be, unless durable, easily repaired and accurate movements are ripe for disdain. You will get a legitimate vintage chronograph that boasts a movement so fool proof that it made chronographs available to the masses. Think of a Landeron 248 much like you would a Ford Model T and you're on the right track'. Certainly a great endorsement from one who knows!

The one oddity on this watch is the back plate is Broad Arrow marked and below 6B/551 and 2296/67. This would appear to indicate the watch had RAF associations but my limited research has failed to confirm this. I have again found online a chat room advising of a Lator chronograph carrying similar makings to ours with debate, concerning its origins, but again no final decision was reached. So in view of this (and unlike some E bay sellers we could name) we are offering as 'a military style chronograph' probably dating from the 1960's that sits well both on the wrist or in a specialist collection. Whilst it appears to be in good working order it has not been serviced in at least 15 years but we will leave that decision to the new owner. It is fitted with an appropriate mint and unused grey nylon NATO strap by CWC and as with all our stock please ask if you require further detailed photographs.

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Pilots Navigation Kit Briefcase - Click for the bigger picture Sold Pilots Navigation Kit Briefcase - An original case clearly stamped to front 'Pilots Navigation Kit Air Force United States Army. It also carries a fine AAF decal below and below that a line of writing has been deliberately obliterated. The could have ben the original owners name but perhaps more likely it was the US Army property mark which was removed when the case was used post war for civilian purposes. The briefcase, which is now empty, has clearly seen some quite heavy use with wear to both the brown grain leather and also to the olive drab fabric sides. The original 'Conmar USA' zip is fitted and whilst this still runs care needs to be taken in view of the wear to he olive drab fabric. The leather handles are both in place and in sound condition.

Inside is a fitted interior with files for storing navigation charts, other papers, a pencil slot and a name card mount. Evidence exists where various stickers have at some stage been applied to the interior. Sadly any history associated with this item has been lost down the years. A similar example is illustrated on page 162 & 163 of Jon Maguire's excellent 'Gear Up' reference book. In view of the age related wear on this item it needs to be handled with care but would still provide an excellent backdrop to an appropriate USAAF display. Case measures 17" x 12" (43 cm x 30 cm).
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A Genuine Post War RAF Ensign ( and a few words of warning! - Click for the bigger picture Sold A Genuine Post War RAF Ensign ( and a few words of warning! - Many in the RAF collecting fraternity may also have noticed the plethora of "Battle of Britain RAF 1940 dated airfield flags" that are cropping up on a weekly basis for sale on that well known online auction site. I and many of our dealer/collector colleagues hate to see the public being apparently convinced to part with their hard earned funds on modern fakes masquerading as the real deal. So a few timely words of warning.

The extremely limited number of genuine wartime RAF ensigns we have had here over the years very rarely have decipherable stampings and even less have clear dates as these have generally faded through use in the elements or washed out over the years. The ones that do retain decipherable stampings tend to be Broad Arrow property marked not A. M. and we have never yet seen a wartime flag with the town of origin, as were this to happen this would have simply been a calling card for Hermann Göring's crews. The fakes currently seem to favour Sheffield or Oxford as the fictitious places of origin for some unknown reason. Other tell tail signs are wartime ensigns were made with overlaid pieces of cotton fabric stitched together not simply screen printed. They carried coir rope with brass Inglefield clips to attach to the flag mast not white nylon. Generally these fakes look too fresh although the latest batch are being roughed up and dirtied to make them look more authentic. We also see other ensigns being offered including the ultimate rarity "WWI RAF 5 feet long RFC royal flying corps airfield linen flag dated 1918". In a lifetime of collecting I have yet to handle a genuine RFC ensign. Please note the sellers are cleverly not saying these items were made back then they are just 'dated 1940' which may be a slight of hand but might just protect them from litigation. Today as we write this listing several examples are on offer with a '1940' example already having attracted 30 bids and currently at £225.00 Can we politely suggest if you have bid or are even slightly tempted by such a listing to first get in touch with the seller and ask him to categorically guarantee in writing the item is a genuine RAF/RFC period ensign and not a modern copy. Never has "Caveat emptor" or "Let the buyer beware" been more applicable. If it looks too good to be true it probably is…….

Oh yes we nearly forgot. Whilst this listing is mainly to 'flag' (pun intended! the dangers of this fraudulent activity we are also prepared to sell this Guaranteed GENUINE 1991 dated RAF issue station ensign. It was not made in Oxford or Sheffield but by quality manufactures Zephyr Flags & Banners of Thrapston (established in 1969) in Northants. It carries the RAF stores reference code 6345-99-125-1140 and a Broad Arrow property mark. It is a large size at 8' x 4' (244 cm x 122 cm). It is made to the correct post WWII specification with a printed roundel and union flag against an air force blue cotton background. It has a nylon line attached and is fitted with brass Inglefield clips. We would love to say it was used at Biggin Hill or Debden but sadly we can't. It appears to be in virtually unflown condition. "You pays your money and takes your choice" but if this listing saves any collector wasting money on fakery and fraud we have achieved a minor victory today!

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Luftwaffe Aluminium Milk or Water Jug - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Aluminium Milk or Water Jug - This pitcher, which we assume would have been for milk or water, is made from aluminium with a metal handle. It is stamped HRE 40 which is the German WWII manufacturing code for the factory Heinrich Ritter Esslingen and indicates a year of manufacture 1940. The base carries a fine Luftwaffe eagle and FL.UV indicating 'Flieger Unterkunft Verwaltung', translated meaning 'Flight Barracks Administration.' Interestingly below the eagle is a very clear date 1939 so would appear this jug was made at the turn of the year 1939/40 based on the manufacturing code stamp date. This is the perfect item for a living history group or for a general Luftwaffe collector. In view of its size it makes a real statement and as a bonus would have certainly served through the battle of Britain period. Measures 15" high x 9" diameter at base (38 cm high x 22 cm diameter at base.) A Recent Sale
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WWII RAF Pilots Knee Board Note Pad 1944 - Click for the bigger picture Sold WWII RAF Pilots Knee Board Note Pad 1944 - A remarkably basic but essential piece of kit issued mainly to single seat pilots. These kneeboard note pads developed in the early days of aviation during WWI for use by the Royal Flying Corps and continued in RAF service up until the present day where the note pad becomes an integral part of the fast jet aircrew flying suit. In the Great War the aerial view became increasingly important, once the initial mobile phase of action developed into what we now know as 'trench warfare'. Trenches were hazardous to both mounted troops and men on the ground and prevented them from effectively reconnoitring enemy lines. Aircraft had no such restrictions and both cavalry and aircraft pilots and observers had to make notes and draw sketch maps of what they saw on their reconnaissance missions. Both types of personnel did this using boards strapped to an arm or a leg. Whist WWI examples turn up from time to time this is the very first WWII pattern we have obtained and clearly dates to 1944. The front of the board has a note pad that in this instance has been used with a few pages remaining ; interestingly it is stamped 2/52 so despite its wartime origins was still in service in the early 1950s. The pad is clamped in position by a wood strip held in place by a pair of butterfly nuts and hidden below the pad reads Form 433 and date, aeroplane & pilot.

The reverse of the board, which is made from varnished plywood, caries two permanently mounted leather straps, large enough for attachment to either thigh or arm. These are secured by a pair of quick release Bennett's buckles, marked accordingly and of the same pattern used on RAF B and early C flying helmets. The leather remains very supple and the buckles are in good working condition. In true Air Ministry style the board is fully stamped up with relevant nomenclature and is headed 'S.L. 1944' followed by a Broad Arrow property mark and is dated 1944. Below is stamped 'H855996/43/C22(b) Stores Ref No 6F/171' and a further broad arrow for good measure! RAF stores reference code 6F covers 'Personal Equipment Aircraft'.

A range of photographs are attached showing the detail and the final period picture illustrates a similar but rather more sophisticated board from RFC and early post WWI period showing intended usage. The board measures 10" x 6" (25.5 cm x 15.5 cm) A modest but very useful piece of WWII RAF flying kit that is now remarkably hard to find in any condition. This one ticks all the boxes and would make a great addition to an RAF collection or mannequin display.

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Luftwaffe Dreieckrechner DR2 Flight computer - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Dreieckrechner DR2 Flight computer - In addition to mechanical and electrical radio directional navigation aids the Luftwaffe also utilized two different models of manual flight navigation devices which were basically circular slide rulers to assist in navigation calculations. These were referred to by flight crew as 'Knemeyer' and this example is in good issued condition is a Dreieckrechner DR 2 made by DENNERT & PAPE in Hamburg, Germany on April 1941. It also comes with a little provenance as we bought direct from the family of the original owner in Germany. Measures 6" diameter (15 cm) A Recent Sale
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RAF Original Snail Whistle - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Original Snail Whistle - A very clean issued example with clear embossing with King's Crown, AM, 23/230 and on reverse 293/14/L1795. Minimal wear to chrome and overall nice original condition and good working order! We have found it very effective here in the office in terminating the nuisance phone calls we are all sadly inundated with these days!

The suspension loop is still attached and these were often hung from the collar loop of aircrew battledress or from Mae West lifejackets. A small but indispensable rescue aid that must have saved the lives of many downed allied airmen in WWII. This is a guaranteed period example unlike the many copies now appearing on the market.

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