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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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RAF Type G oxygen mask fitted with breathing tube (hose) and correct Type 48 microphone.

Very good used Type G mask in size S, fitted with original wartime tube (hose) with connector and clip attached. Greenish grey rubber is in good condition, still pliable with no brittleness or sticky parts, showing some stress cracks around the lugs retaining the nosewire, but no damage and wire is still securley attached. Webbing harness has lost some elasticity but still displays well and fits on a helmet perfectly.  Well above average condition and quite scarce to find one complete with thes hose attached. Microiphone is clean, rubber retaining rung is perfectly fine, not hardened like many. Clip has some oxidation especially in one corner which has rusted away but very slight and does not affect function or appearance.

$575 / £450 / €525  email to secure this item

RAF Type C Flying helmet of the scarce first type together with a Type E* oxygen mask, fully wired and both in perfect, unissued condition.

 

This is definitely one for the connoisseur of quality headgear! Sold complete, rather than breaking it into its component parts. Both helmet and mask are in unissued condition, rarely found these days. The helmet is in lovely condition, the leather, chamois lining, rubber and all fittings complete and in perfect condition except for loss of paint to the press studs. It is the first style issued, with fore-and-aft goggles straps in opposite directions, 2 studs for affixing the mask, as well as the leather chin strap and Bennett buckle fastening. It also has a woven label inside the crown as well as a crisp incised stamp with the A-crown-M mark and size 1. Though the smallest size issued, it fits a male feature display head well and carries the mask perfectly, without crushing the tube under the chin. The mask is perfect (and guaranteed 100% genuine original - NOT a reproduction). The rubber has no damage and is as flexible as the day it came out of the factory. Mask is fitted with a very scarce Type 28 microphone assembly including a full length wiring loom, receivers and plug. It is also fitted with the correct narrow breathing tube and connector. The tube has minor crazing in the folds but is strong and fully pliable. Altogether this is a set that would be extremely difficult to upgrade.

$1,750 / £1,350 / €1,570  email to secure this item

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. 

$415 / £325 / €365  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