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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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Very early production RAF Type G oxygen mask.

Very good used example of an early production Type G oxygen mask, in dark green rubber with the heavily stippled moulding over the top section of the mask body and "flat" square attachment loop on the webbing strap for securing to the helmet. Mask shows use and is overall slightly grubby, but the rubber is good, with minor surface spider cracks in the high stress areas but no splits, no hardening or sticky areas. Nose wire is intact and in place; nice A-crown-M marked microphone has wear to the edge and one worn spot on cord. Harness is slightly stretched out. Interior suede lining is lightly soiled. Never produced in abundance, these early production masks are quite difficult to find. A good, solid example.

$490 / £400 / €455  email to secure this item

AAF Type A-14 oxygen mask in very good condition, dated 11/44.

A-14 oxygen mask is excellent condition, showing almost no signs of wear, just slight soiling from storage which would undoubtedly clean up with a little soap and water. The rubber is fully pliable and strong, including the thin straps that support the harness which are perfect. Size Large and never modified in any way, either with the internal baffles or by adding a microphone.  Good crisp markings. A great example.

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RAF Type D oxygen mask tube with braided covering - a very good reproduction.

Original examples of braided tubes for the early type D oxygen masks are extremely difficult to find - largely (I believe) because the glue or cement used to adhere the braided fabric to the tube reacted with the early synthetic rubber and, over time, broke down the chemical composition resulting in either hardening or melting of the rubber (the same is true of the cement used to attach the chamois to the E and E* masks). The fabric braiding was thought to help resist the hoses freezing, but it didn't have much effect and later tubes were not braided - and those tubes seem to have a better survival rate. The very early yellow and orange natural rubber tubes also seem to have survived better, but were produced in such small numbers that they too are extremely rare. Most museums and collectors therefore use replicas such as this: in every respect a very good copy of an early braided tube, made from modern black synthetic rubber with a braided cotton covering of black and white fleck. 5' long, it will complete your Type D mask display at a fraction of the cost of an original.

$85 / £58 / €68  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. 

$380 / £295 / €345  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