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D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training before and during the early war years.

Lovely example of an early D. Lewis flying helmet in black leather, often preferred by RAF pilots in the Auxiliaries when learning to fly - and even worn by some Battle of Britain pilots. Leather is soft and supple, with chamois lining showing typical "Brylcreme" staining. Pockets either side for Gosport receivers, brow strap for a snug fit. Great D. Lewis label and a name written in red ink which has bled and is difficult to read. Large size. Displays very well.

$250 / £180 / €215

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D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

D. Lewis commercial flying helmet as worn by RAF pilots in training

RAF Type B flying helmet, large size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings.

Exceptional Type B flying helmet by Wareings, dated 1939 in a large size 3. Leather is in great condition, soft and supple with a couple of small surface nicks, retaining full leather covering on the Bennett buckles, metal tip to chin strap and both leather zip pullers. Left hand ear cup shows evidence of an old repair (zip resewn) which appears period and in no way detracts fro the helmet. Bakelite telephone holders are sewn inside each ear cup. Chamois lining also in good clean condition, with a couple of small tears from wear inside the forehead. Nice diamond shaped label inside the crown. Good Type B helmets are getting very hard to find, especially in this condition and in the larger sizes. A very good example. The ears are padded with a set of Air Ministry marked replica sponge pads so as to fill them correctly without causing damage the helmet.

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RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

RAF Type B flying helmet, size 3, 1939 dated by Wareings

Extremely rare RAF Type D oxygen mask in superb condition with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector and receivers.

RAF Type D oxygen asks are one of the most sought after and difficult to find items of flying kit. Synonymous with Battle of Britain fighter pilots, they were worn by all aircrews from around 1936 until 1941. This example is in exceptional condition, showing very light use and none of the ravages usually suffered by these rare masks. There are perhaps 4 or 5 very tiny pinhead sized holes in the green wool body of the mask, which can be seen in the photographs but hardly show at all on display.  The nose area, which is usually the worst for damage, has none whatsoever. It is fitted with face defenders to attach to the Type B helmet. The mask is fitted with an outstanding Type E microphone assembly (Type C chamois covered microphone with rare Type F cord and Type C telephone receivers, plus bell-shaped plug).  An incredibly rare mask in absolutely stunning condition.

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RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type E microphone assembly / Type F connector

A very good pair of RAF sea boot socks dated 1943.

A very good pair of RAF issue "Sea Boot Socks" often worn by fighter pilots inside their flying boots for extra warmth at high altitude.This pair appears unworn, though slightly grubby from storage, and with one sock having a small hole near the top, although this doesn't show if the socks are turned down. Both are marked with a broad arrow and date of 1943, although one is faint. The more clearly marked sock is also stamped as a size 3. A difficult accessory to find.

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RAF sea boot socks dated 1943

RAF sea boot socks dated 1943

RAF sea boot socks dated 1943

RAF sea boot socks dated 1943

RAF sea boot socks dated 1943

RAF sea boot socks dated 1943

RAF sea boot socks dated 1943

RAF sea boot socks dated 1943

RAF Flying Boot Insoles, unissued pair.

Unissued, untouched pair of leather and fleece flying boots insoles, as worn with all RAF issue fling boots. These are unmarked, but in every way identical to the issue pattern, and still tied together with original string, so it's possible they were produced in the factory but never made it as far as the stamping stage. No idea of actual size, but they are quite large, I would guess at least a UK10 US11. Clean, thick pile fleece and strong, flexible leather. Impossible to upgrade.

$85 / £62 / €75

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RAF Flying Boot Insoles, unissued pair

RAF Flying Boot Insoles, unissued pair

RAF Flying Boot Insoles, unissued pair

RAF Flying Boot Insoles, unissued pair

AAF Type D-3A Flying Gloves with wool inserts.

Very good used pair of D-3A Flying Gloves. Unusual variation in light brown leather with OD wool inserts. Very similar to the A-11 gloves: leather wrist length gloves with webbing strap and buckle across the back of each hand; good Army Air Forces logo stamped on the back of each glove and well marked inside. Leather is in excellent condition, with only minor wear, wool inserts have a few small moth nips but nothing too serious. Great display item and quite a scarce variation.

$125 / £90 / €110

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AAF Type D-3A Flying Gloves

AAF Type D-3A Flying Gloves

AAF Type D-3A Flying Gloves

AAF Type D-3A Flying Gloves

AAF Type D-3A Flying Gloves

AAF Type D-3A Flying Gloves

AAF Type D-3A Flying Gloves

AAF Type D-3A Flying Gloves

AAF Type D-3A Flying Gloves

AAF Type D-3A Flying Gloves

AAF Type D-3A Flying Gloves

AAF Type D-3A Flying Gloves

RCAF Bootee inserts by Deacon Brothers, size M.

Scarce flying clothing accessory, issued to RCAF aircrews and RAF crews stationed in Canada while training. These bootee inserts are not electrically heated (have no wires or plugs) but were issued for wear over the socks and inside the flying boots for extra warmth at altitude. Blue grey cotton exterior with a blanket/flannelette lining. Well marked on the bottom and with the Broad Arrow "C" on the inside. Excellent condition, appear unworn. Size Medium.

$125 / £90 / €110

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RCAF Bootee inserts by Deacon Brothers, size M

RCAF Bootee inserts by Deacon Brothers, size M

RCAF Bootee inserts by Deacon Brothers, size M

RCAF Bootee inserts by Deacon Brothers, size M

RCAF Bootee inserts by Deacon Brothers, size M

RCAF Bootee inserts by Deacon Brothers, size M

RCAF Bootee inserts by Deacon Brothers, size M

RCAF Bootee inserts by Deacon Brothers, size M

RCAF Bootee inserts by Deacon Brothers, size M

RCAF Bootee inserts by Deacon Brothers, size M

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942.

Superb and unissued pair of RCAF canvas and leather shoes made by Gutta Percha company and dated 1942. Not sure of their exact purpose - could be for wear on balloons / dirigibles or flying boats.  Standard Oxford type shoes with blue grey canvas uppers and leather toecaps, leather soles. Size 10.5 with crisp Broad Arrow "C" stamp on sole and Gutta Percha inside with clear 1942 date. Unworn with only light storage marks, these would be difficult to upgrade.

$175 / £130 / €150

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RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

WWII RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry.

High quality tailored RAF officer's cap (for all ranks from Pilot Officer to Wing Commander) by Burberry of London. Blue grey barathea wool with black mohair band, lovely heavily padded cap badge, leather sweatband, silk liner with Burberry label and patent leather chin strap. Shows very light use, with two very tiny holes or worn areas on the top rear edge (barely noticeable) and some loose stitching to sweatband inside. An excellent example of a high-end tailored cap. 

$350 / £255 / €300

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RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF officer's visor cap by Burberry

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert.

Mk I (or 1A) Planisphere (it is marked as  both but just one stores ref. number: 6B/153). Approximately 12" x 12" (30cm x 30cm) square metal sheet with rotating plastic bezel showing celestial map of the Northern Hemisphere. Used by observer / navigator for nighttime navigation by the stars, along with an air almanac.  By overlaying the acetate sheet and rotating the bezel, the navigator is able to plot the position of the aircraft. Not an easy item to find, especially with the insert and rotating bezel intact (most are badly warped with age). The only flaw this has is a mark/ring on the insert from where the navigator must have put down his hot mug of coffee or cocoa! Great item for a Bomber crew display.

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RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

RAF Mk I / Mk IA Planisphere with celestial insert

Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal.

Unnamed WWII era US Army Air Forces Air Medal in its original case, together with its ribbon for the uniform ribbon bar, and small buttonhole badge for civilian clothes. Medal is in great condition and though not rare, will perhaps fill a hole n a display.

$75 / £55 / €65

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Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal

Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal

Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal

Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal

Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal

Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal

WWII era USAAF Distinguished Flying Cross miniature medal in box.

Unnamed WWII era US Army Air Forces miniature DFC Medal in its cardboard box. Miniatures were for wear on the mess dress at special events. This is very likely a later replacement medal, sealed in plastic and in its box.

$20 / £15 / €18

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WWII era USAAF Distinguished Flying Cross miniature medal in box

WWII era USAAF Distinguished Flying Cross miniature medal in box

WWII era USAAF Distinguished Flying Cross miniature medal in box

WWII era USAAF Distinguished Flying Cross miniature medal in box