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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

Oxygen Masks / Accessories

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RARE wartime dated RAF Type H oxygen mask modified for high altitude pressure breathing.

 

Wartime dated examples of the Type H oxygen mask are extremely scarce to begin with - but this mask has been further modified for pressure demand breathing / high-altitude use by removing the anti-suffocation/inspiration valve and blocking it with a mica plug. It is also rare in that it is the only example I have encountered with a nosewire fitted - again indicative of its use for pressure breathing requiring a secure facial seal. Most likely it was used for flight testing of pressure breathing equipment but could well have seen combat service in early high altitude PR aircraft. Fitted with correct Type 57 microphone with cord and plug. Mask shows use and is soiled, but rubber is in very good shape, still supple with minor surface crazing around stress points. Clear date moulding of 3/45. Dark grey/green patina and chamois lining is soiled but overall very good condition. Unusual variation of a rare mask.

$490 / £375 / €440  email to secure this item

RAF Type G oxygen mask with type 48 microphone.

 

Good, used example of a RAF Type G oxygen mask in green/grey rubber with type 48 microphone (short cord with plug for internally wired C, D and E helmets). Rubber is very good, with minor cracks around nosewire lugs, but nosewire still in place and holding up well.  Microphone has some paint loss but no dings or damage. Suede lining to mask shows use but all there. No hardening, or serious splits, or stickiness to rubber which is holding up well. A good example.

 

$425 / £320 / €385

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RAF Type G oxygen mask.

A decent, but definitely not perfect, entry level example of a Type G oxygen mask. The grey/green rubber is still pliable and the nosewire is present and has not pulled out of its moulded lugs. Strap still has some stretch. The edge has folded in and the rubber partially perished in 3 places,  mostly the lower right hand side and bottom edge. Each area is about 2-3cm but extends only 3-4 mm into the mask. The perished areas are not sticky, nor brittle and crumbly, and if displayed with a helmet on a styrofoam head, would not even show. Evidently this must have happened at some time in the past and the rubber has now stabilized in its present condition and displays just fine, but the mask is priced accordingly. Fitted with a Type 48 microphone (short lead) and a gauze shield. 

$380 / £295 / €345  email to secure this item

EXTREMELY RARE  US Navy marked A-8B oxygen mask.

 

The A-8B oxygen mask is a scarce item to find at any time, especially in good condition and with a functioning, pliable bag / bladder. I have only ever seen 2 or 3  A-8B masks marked with US Navy nomenclature, and this one is in exceptionally nice condition. The mask rubber is soft and pliable, no damage and no signs of perishing or hardening. The very top of the nose is sun-bleached to a pinky wihite colour, but this has not affected its flexibility at all. The rubber is excellent. Well marked as property of US Navy, with its contract and drawing number as follows:

Contract no. N383S-91890 / Drawing 429-47644
WWII masks were made by Ohio Chemical Manufacturing Co and they changed their name to Ohio Chemical and Surgical Co. in 1954 - which is how this mask is marked, dating it to the Korean War era. 

The strap arrangement differs from the AAF issue, with a simpler leather strap and buckle to fasten around the neck, though two extension straps are also included. Leather strap is in good condition. Bladder is in excellent shape, as is the tube. Bakelite nose-former and cardboard strap-holders are also in excellent condition. The  expiration "turrets" are stuffed with extra foam disks, perhaps to use with a demand regulator? Owner has written a serial number inside the mask. A very rare US Navy oxygen mask.

£310  / $400 / €352  email to secure this item

Hard to find accessory: inspiration valve for the RAF Type E*, G and H mask.

 

Often missing from a mask and devilishly hard to find. The inspiration valve was introduced with the modified Type E mask to allow ambient air to enter the mask while inhaling, depending on the external air pressure. Occasionally found reversed (mesh inside) when fitted in masks used with a constant flow regulator. Small quantity available, price each.

£28  / $35 / €30  email to secure this item

RAF transit / blanking cap for the Type  E* and G oxygen mask in plastic / Bakelite.

 

Transit cap for the RAF Type E* and Tyope G oxygen mask. Used to keep the mask's shape in transit and storage before the microphone was installed. These  were made of wood. Some are engraved with nomenclature, some are ink stamped and some are blank. Will try to fulfill specific requests but no guarantees. When they are gone, they're gone!

 

Price each:  £9 / $12 / €10   email to secure this item

WWII RAF gauze screen for the Type 25 / 26 microphone as fitted in the Type E, E* and G oxygen mask. Stores ref. 10A/12925.

 

This simple gauze screen was an afterthought to prevent moisture (spit) from getting into the microphone and shorting it out. Aluminium frame and dine wire gauze mesh. Each is stamped with the stores ref. no 10A/12925 (stamping is clearer on some than others and one is worn away). Five available.

 

Price for one screen: £18 / $22 / €20  email for more information

WWII AAF issue oxygen mask clips for attaching A-10A, A-13, A-13A and A-14 mask to flight helmet.

 

These were issued with all mask kits but are often missing and as with other accessory items, when you need one....

 

Several available. All are WWII production though vary slightly in design and manufacturer. Will try to accommodate specific types but basically my choice.

 

Price for one clip: £15 / $20 / €18  email for more information

2003 dated USAF issue gas mask, with canister, clip-on outer lens and gas mask case.

 

In lovely condition, but no guarantees it will work - sold only as a collectible / display item. Grey silicon rubber face piece with clear soft rubber lens, hard shell acrylic clip on outer lens, elastic strap and detachable canister. Contained in its green nylon bag with various straps. I know little to nothing about this kind of kit but someone out there does!

£44 / $55 / €49   email to secure this item

USAF CRU-60 oxygen mask hose connector for the ejector seat oxygen supply.

 

A difficult to find accessory for the USAF jet helmet collector.

 

£45 / $55 / €52  email to secure this item