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Superb original WWI WRAF photograph

 

Excellent and large fornat original photograph showing three women of the WRAF in WWI. an outstanding example of the uniforms they wore c.1918-19.  Approx. 4" x 6" with slight creasing / cracking at bottom corners.

 

£28 / $35  / €30  email for more details

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Player's Cigarette card album with complete set of cards "Aircraft of the Royal Air Force" c.1939.

 

Lovely Home Front item - a complete set of players cigarette cards, neatly pasted into their album. Includes iconic aircraft such as the Spitfire, Blenheim, Hurricane as well as many lesser known aircraft of the immediate pre-WWII years with detailed descriptions. Excellent condition, staples slightly rusty but still holding it together tightly.

$45 / £38 / €40  email to secure this item

ARP / home front Blitz blackout torch (flashlight).

 

Black metal body with a thick, frosted glass lens and low wattage bulb to shine a low light for finding your way around in the blackout. There were no street lights and no houses were allowed to show a light during the war, for fear of attracting enemy bombers, so ARP Wardens and other civilians with valid reason for being out and about were given these torches. They were not readily available because batteries were in short supply and rationed. Some light surface rust but complete and switch operates smoothly. Frosted lens is cracked but this is only o=a t the very edge. It still fits and unctions and barely shows. I have not tested the torch but I dare say with careful cleaning it could be made to work.

$35 / £30 / €32  email to secure this item

WWII era Police whistle "The Metropolitan" - as issued to Police all over Great Britain.

 

Patterned after the whistle first used by the Metropolitan Police (London) in the 19th century and issued to Police everywhere, this was the standard style Police whistle used in the war years. Pewter whistle marked "The Metropolitan" and "Made in England" - great condition with minimal wear.

 

Priced at £20 / $28 / €24  email for more details

WWII AAF "Mother" pillow case gift - unusual size 12" x 8".

 

Poignant WWII AAF gift from an airman, probably acquired at the PX or from a local souvenir supplier and sent home for his mother's birthday, or perhaps for "Mother's Day" (Coming up very soon!). This is a beautiful piece in a very unusual size - may even have been for a new mother to use for her baby? White and yellow satin with flap opening, silk screened with winged propellor and crossed 48-star flags, "Mother" silk-screened on the flap of the opening. In excellent condition. A lovely souvenir item in excellent, perhaps unused condition. Size is very unusual - most that you see are square rather than rectangular.

 

Priced at £20 / $25 / €24  email for more details

WWII RAF handkerchief with hand-embroidered pilot wings.

 

Probably a gift for luck to a pilot from his wife or sweetheart, the wings have been beautifully embroidered into the corner of this sky blue cotton handkerchief. Looks like it has been used to blot some ink, or perhaps somethig was written below the wings which has now bled and blurred. Minor stains but has been laundered, so it is clean. The marks do not detract from the lovely work.

 

Priced at £16 / $20 / €18  email for more details

Souvenir embroidered 8th Air Force doily.

 

Hand embroidered and chain-stitched doily in black crinoline with hand-crocheted edging, 8th Air Force emblem and the message "Greetings from England". Has been folded and lightly glued in an album but would, I'm sure clean up just fine. Beautiful condition and a much nicer than usual type of souvenir. Approximately 12" x 12" square.

Priced at £20 / $25 / €21  email for more details

Complete set of Players Cigarette cards - RAF aircraft

 

Excellent "Home front" item! A complete set of Players aircraft cigarette cards featuring RAF aircraft, circa 1939. Most cards in very good to excellent condition, with some showing minor creases, corner wear etc. Still retain their gummed backing for adhering in album. Preserved and supplied in archival plastic pages.

 

£25 / $35  / €28  email to secure this item

WWII AAF souvenir pillow case for airman to send as a gift to his mother, sweetheart or family member.

 

Pillow cases were very popular souvenir items to send home to wives, sweethearts and mothers. Not uncommon - but this example is in absolutely superb condition, and was evidently put away and never used. White satin background with the silhouette of a 4-engine bomber at the top and numerous other bombers in formation, plus single engined fighters at the bottom with aircraft hangars beneath the US AAF emblem. Yellow silk tassels around the border and blue silk reverse. Amazing condition. 

Priced at £25 / $35  / €28  email for more details

WWII Kelloggs "Pep" badges / pins

 

A giveaway with Kelloggs cereal during the war, these small pins feature the insignia of different AAF and USN aviation squadrons. Each is marked around the edge with which squadron. A colourful collectible for kids and adults alike! Now quite rare because so few survived. these have a few chips to the paint and some rust to the pins, but overall good condition. Total 8.

 

Priced at £43 / $55 / €49  email for more details

WWII AAF souvenir pillow case for airman to send as a gift to his mother.

 

Pillow cases were very popular souvenir items to send home to wives, sweethearts and mothers, with some being more specific than others. This one is a gift for an airman's mother, with a flocked design of the winged propellor and a poem  or ode to "mother". Yellow flocking on brown satin with a yellow fringe around the outside, and plain black satin back.  It is in good condition, no damage, although the flocking is worn in places. Just overall creased and would benefit from ironing. 

 

Priced at £15 / $20  / €16  email for more details