Battle of Britain - September 2022

(click on pictures to enlarge)

RAF Type B "Battle of Britain" era flying helmet, 1940 dated RARE maker: Compton, Sons & Webb - Large size 3.

 

Very good used example of the iconic RAF Type B flying helmet, synonymous with the Battle of Britain, produced by one of the more hard-to-find manufacturers: Compton, Sons & Webb. I believe 1940 is the only year CS&W were given the AM contract to produce these helmets - every example I have come across has been dated 1940. This was possibly to make up numbers at a time when more new pilots were being trained, as well as recruited from other allied countries in order to cover the losses  suffered in the Battle of Britain,  making  CS&W a very rare label. They have a distinctive style featuring a curved, contoured forehead and a close fit around the face. There is also quite heavy padding to the crown. This is a very good, clean example in a rare large size. The leather covering is worn away on both Bennett buckle pull tabs and the telephone receiver holders have been removed to facilitate easier installation of receivers (a fairly common modification), but it retains both leather zip pullers and is overall in very good condition with no damage. The dark, peat brown leather is in very good condition and the interior is cleaner than most - and of course it has that superb CS&W label. There is no metal tip to the chin strap, but it appears to have never been fitted. A very rare variant in a scarce and nice large size.

$790 / £730 / €815

email to secure this item

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

Early Luftwaffe model FK34 Summer Flying helmet.

 

A very early production FK34 Summer Flying Helmet in very good clean condition. Nice salt and pepper weave cotton fabric body with brown cotton lining, leather trim and heavily plated hardware. Super high quality. This helmet was designed for pilots of single seat aircraft and many early photos show it being worn by Me109 pilots. Condition is great. It has a simple label inside with the RB Number printed. Fairly small size 55, but displays well. Early examples like this are not common and were used throughout the Battle of France and Britain, primarily by single seat fighter pilots.

$195 / £180 / €200  email to secure this item

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles.

 

Commercial flying goggles from the late 1930s/40s of the type often seen in photos worn by Battle of Britain pilots. Most likely from Lewis Leathers. Chromed frames with Triplex marked lenses, white rubber cushions and strap similar to Mk II or Mk III goggles with fabric covered springs. labeled "Aviator Goggle" on bridge. These are grubby from use; rubber is soiled and misshapen but surprisingly still fairly pliable. Strap springs are still strong. Triplex marked lenses are very good. 

 

$325 / £300/ €335

email to secure this item

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying GogglesDSCN9957

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying GogglesDSCN9957

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Type D oxygen mask blanking cap.

Scarce chamois covered alloy cap with hinges to attached to the front of the Type D oxygen mask. This was used when the mask was worn for oxygen only, without communications. A hard-to-find accessory.

 

$145 / £135 / €150  email to secure this item

RAF Type D mask blanking cap

RAF Type D mask blanking cap

RAF Type D mask blanking cap

RAF Type D mask blanking cap

RAF face defenders for Type B helmet / Type D oxygen mask.

Good original set of face defenders, as issued with the Type B flying helmet, to prevent the wearer getting a "freeze burn" from the bare metal fasteners mounted on each side. These were usually sewn to the sides of the Type D oxygen mask to enable it to be worn with the Type B helmet. Webbing tapes with chamois backing. Show light use but great condition.

$65 / £60 / €68

email to secure this item

RAF face defenders for Type B helmet / Type D oxygen mask

RAF face defenders for Type B helmet / Type D oxygen mask

RAF face defenders for Type B helmet / Type D oxygen mask

RAF face defenders for Type B helmet / Type D oxygen mask

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots.

A rare example of Commonwealth issued flying clothing. These New Zealand made boots are Identical to the RAF 1936 Pattern Boots, except for the markings. Both boots are are marked to the top outer edge NZ 41 (there are more digits but it's difficult to make out what they say). Condition is good used. The soles and heels are original and quite worn; there is a worn spot on the back of ankle that has worn a very small hole in the leather but this is not a detraction. Fleece linings are also good, with some small worn spots/moulting at the top. Leather is good but might benefit from cleaning and dressing. New Zealand had the smallest Commonwealth Air Force and flying kit made in New Zealand is the rarest of all Commonwealth countries. In 30 years of collecting this is only the second pair of these boots I have come across.

$500 / £460 / €515

email to secure this item

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

Early wartime RAF officer's peaked cap.

Excellent used example of an RAF officer's cap dating from the late 1930s or early WWII, featuring the green rippled "under-peak" typical of the type worn by officers during the Battle of Britain. Nice overall shape with the stiffener removed to give a slightly crushed look, lovely bullion badge, narrow patent leather chin strap and silk covered buttons. No maker label remains to the ribbed black satin lining. Slightly dusty perhaps but no damage at all, no mothing, good leather sweatband. Very good example.

$300 / £275 / €310

email to secure this item

Early wartime RAF officer's peaked cap

Early wartime RAF officer's peaked cap

Early wartime RAF officer's peaked cap

Early wartime RAF officer's peaked cap

Early wartime RAF officer's peaked cap

Early wartime RAF officer's peaked cap

Early wartime RAF officer's peaked cap

Early wartime RAF officer's peaked cap

Early wartime RAF officer's peaked cap

Early wartime RAF officer's peaked cap

Stunning Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap.

 

This Luftwaffe officer's white top summer cap is simply stunning - and typical of the style worn during the hot summer of 1940 by fighter pilots based in France.  Fabulous shape, showing the crushed look by removing the stiffeners from inside, and showing just enough use and wear to have "been there" - but no damage or excessive wear. Well padded white top is detachable for washing. Beautiful, heavy aluminium bullion wire wreath and cockade, with wire eagle on white backing. Correct twisted aluminium wire chin cords. Grey leather sweatband, white satin lining and good diamond sweat-shield with maker's information. Made in Berlin and most likely cost a fortune. Highly desirable - an absolute beauty.

$1,950 / £1,800 / €2,015

email to secure this item

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Luftwaffe officer's summer white top visor cap

Dog tag belonging to Battle of Britain ace Harold Bird-Wilson, together with his later Bauch and Lomb sunglasses.

 

Battle of Britain Ace Harold Bird-Wilson enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the RAF. Besides being an ace fighter pilot, he was also one of the earliest "Guinea Pigs" of Dr. Achibald McIndoe and later in the war became one of the first jet pilots. In September 1940 his partrait was drawn by Cuthbert Orde a few days before being shot down by Adolf Galland! In 1944 he was sent to Leavenworth in the USA for command training, returning to lead his wing during the D-Day operations. Undoubtedly he acquired these early Bauch and Lomb anti-glare "aviator" sunglasses from his US connections. Still in their leather case in which he has written his name (first in red ink then in blue) the case also contains one of his dog tags named to Bird-Wilson and dated 1938. The glasses have a small chip in one lens but are otherwise in good, used condition. These items were auctioned by his family several years ago together with some other personal items (not available) and a copy of the auction invoice is included for provenance.

$500 / £460 / €515 email to secure this item

Battle of Britain pilot dog tag and sunglasses

Battle of Britain pilot dog tag and sunglasses

Battle of Britain pilot dog tag and sunglasses

Battle of Britain pilot dog tag and sunglasses

Battle of Britain pilot dog tag and sunglasses

Battle of Britain pilot dog tag and sunglasses

Battle of Britain pilot dog tag and sunglasses

Battle of Britain pilot dog tag and sunglasses

Battle of Britain pilot dog tag and sunglasses

Battle of Britain pilot dog tag and sunglasses

Harold Bird-Wilson by Cuthbert Orde

Harold Bird-Wilson by Cuthbert Orde

Battle of Britain pilot dog tag and sunglasses

Battle of Britain pilot dog tag and sunglasses

RAF Airman's Kit Bag showing multiple owners and dated 1940.

Exactly what an airman, including fighter pilots, carried all their kit in when they were posted from base to base. Large, heavy white canvas kit bag with grommets for securing with a rope at the top (rope not present). The circular flap tucked inside to keep everything dry and stop it falling out. Beautifully marked with Air Ministry stamp and crown plus dated 1940. Has several names hand inked and then crossed out, sadly suggesting something happened to previous owners and bag was reissued, since these traveled with an airman wherever he went. A couple of worn areas on one edge but otherwise still very strong. A great piece of history and a wonderful item for displaying with uniforms, flying kit etc. especially relating to the Battle of France and Battle of Britain. 

$70 / £65 / €73  email to secure this item

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles.

"Raid Blocks" were one of several vital tools used in "Ops Rooms" throughout the war, but famously during the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. This was how incoming raids were tracked, using data provided by radar and ROC observers. Placed on large table size maps, each block represented a specific raid and was moved around by WAAFs using long croupier type sticks. Tiles indicated type and number of aircraft,  height, speed, etc. Direction was indicated by arrows laid out in front and behind the blocks. Blocks were used to illustrate both hostile and friendly aircraft (and unknowns). A few of these surfaced recently during a RAF Station closure and clean out, but were quickly snatched up by dealers and collectors. Some are on display at museums such as Duxford. They are incredibly rare and will not be around for long. Included is the yellow aircraft tile, red/white type/number tile and very rare blue altitude tile . Price is for this complete raid block with all tiles shown.

$1,000 / £925 / €1,035

email to secure this item

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

Extremely rare RAF Ops Room raid block with tiles

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case.

 

Made in 1970 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this superb dagger is made by Wilkinson Sword, silver plated with etched blade, wooden hilt and scabbard with silver plated chape, mounted in a sky blue felt-lined wooden case with a silver plated plaque and medallions of Churchill and the RAF crest. Excellent condition with light age patina.  A collectible in its own right, being over 50 years old, as well as a superb reminder of "The Few".

$185 / £170 / €190

email to secure this item

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative dagger by Wilkinson Sword in fitted case

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit  dated 1940.

 

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940. These were carried in all fighter aircraft engaged in the Battle of Britain. Sturdy canvas case with compartments for various vials, bandages, tools etc. These early first aid kits are more desirable than later dates and tend to be more scarce. Later examples did not have the separated compartments for different items. Empty of all contents. A nice example in very good condition with clear Air Ministry markings and date. 

$135 / £125 / €140  

email to secure this item

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940