Radio / Communications Accessories

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AAF / RAF ANB-H-1 receivers / pair

AAF / RAF ANB-H-1 receivers / pair

AAF / RAF ANB-H-1 receivers / pair

AAF / RAF ANB-H-1 receivers / pair

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted.

 

Unusual variant of the otherwise common RAF Type 25 microphone as fitted to Types E, E* and G oxygen masks. This example, though used and showing some light wear, appears to have never been finished with the black paint/lacquer usually found. Or perhaps someone later stripped it down and removed the paint (in which case, why?). This was evidently issued and used in its "au naturelle" state. It lacks the screw-on bakelite backing receiver but retains its magnetic plate. An odd variant for the collector the different  types.

$35 / £30 / €34

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RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Type 25 microphone, unpainted

RAF Gosport receivers.

Black bakelite receivers which fit into the telephone holders on flying helmets (or inside the zip pockets on the Type B or RN FAA helmets) as part of the Gosport communication system. Air Ministry marked and with the RAF stores ref. number moulded into the plastic. In excellent used condition, no damage.

$55 / £48 / €55

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RAF Gosport receivers

RAF Gosport receivers

RAF Gosport receivers

RAF Gosport receivers

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

Early postwar communications headset of the type worn in the first operational helicopters. Comprises a standard HB-7 headband fitted with a non-matched pair of H-3/ARR-3 receivers (later version of the ANB-H-1A), long rubber covered comm cord and PL-55 plug, fitted with  NAF 48490 noise attenuating cushions and the addition of a boom microphone. All in great condition (one small screw missing form one of the receivers). Helicopters were developed and saw some use in WWII, but came into their own immediately afterwards. Not common to find i this configuration.

$45 / £38 / €43

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USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

USN early postwar helicopter pilot headset.

US Army Air Corps HB-7 headband with HS-33 headset (R-14 receivers) and long cord.

Much more scarce than the later HS-38 headset, the HB-7 headband is fitted with R-14 telephone receivers and was the standard headset worn by US Army Air Corps and AAF crews before 1943. This example is fitted with a double length cord so was probably used by a crewmember whose duties involved moving around in the aircraft, such as a toggelier (US terminology for bomb aimer) or air gunner. Standard HB-7 headband with leather covered band, Signal Corps marked R-14 receivers, long P-23 cord and correct PL-55 plug. All in excellent condition with light scuffing to leather. 

$70 / £58 / €68

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US Army Air Corps HB-7 headband with HS-33 headset and long cord

US Army Air Corps HB-7 headband with HS-33 headset and long cord

US Army Air Corps HB-7 headband with HS-33 headset and long cord

US Army Air Corps HB-7 headband with HS-33 headset and long cord

US Army Air Corps HB-7 headband with HS-33 headset and long cord

US Army Air Corps HB-7 headband with HS-33 headset and long cord

US Army Air Corps HB-7 headband with HS-33 headset and long cord

US Army Air Corps HB-7 headband with HS-33 headset and long cord

US Army Air Corps HB-7 headband with HS-33 headset and long cord

US Army Air Corps HB-7 headband with HS-33 headset and long cord

US Air Corps / Signal Corps boxed, unopened set of R-14 telephone receivers (pair).

 

A rare opportunity to own a matching pair of R-14 radio telephone receivers which have remained sealed in their boxes since March 1942! A set of 2  R-14 receivers - the type used by the Army Air Corps and Air Forces prior to 1943 and fitted in A-8, A-9, B-5 and B-6 flying helmets. Extremely rare and up to the new owner whether he chooses to open the boxes or not!

Note this is a PAIR!

$75 / £60 / €70

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AAF Boxed, unopened set of R-14 telephone receivers

AAF Boxed, unopened set of R-14 telephone receivers

AAF Boxed, unopened set of R-14 telephone receivers

AAF Boxed, unopened set of R-14 telephone receivers

AAF Boxed, unopened set of R-14 telephone receivers

AAF Boxed, unopened set of R-14 telephone receivers

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Time for someone else to solve this mystery! I have had these "sounders" for many years and have tried, off and on, to research their possible origin.  Basically, a pair of circular rubber pads, each with an aluminium disk installed, attached to a leather strap with a buckle. The rubber is moulded with the words "John Bull Patent" and they are clearly old - my impression is they date from the early 20th century. They came with some experimental RFC wired flying helmets (long since gone), hence I became convinced they were some kind of communication device, perhaps an alternative to the Gosport system. John Bull suggests British origin, but beyond that I have not been able to identify the item. The rubber has mostly hardened but not completely - and this has not changed in all the years I have these. They are not fragile or "sticky" although the leather strap is quite dry. Any help with ID would be welcome!

$75 / £60 / €72

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Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

Rare early aviation "sounders" communication receivers, John Bull Patent.

RCAF external wiring loom extension for flying helmets.

 

A scarce and very difficult accessory. This is the external wiring loom for the Canadian made Airtex mesh flying helmet used in the far east/Pacific theatre by the RCAF, RAAF and RNZAF later in the war. In excellent, unused condition and complete with the plug for the helmet and mask wiring, as well as the Canadian made hard rubber bell-shaped plug.  

$195 / £155 / €185

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RCAF external wiring loom extension for flying helmets

RCAF external wiring loom extension for flying helmets

RCAF external wiring loom extension for flying helmets

RCAF external wiring loom extension for flying helmets

RCAF external wiring loom extension for flying helmets

RCAF external wiring loom extension for flying helmets

RAF oxygen mask microphone Type 48 fitted with gauze anti-moisture shield.

 

Excellent example of the Type 25 microphone as fitted in Types E, E* and G oxygen masks, finished as a Type 48 with the short wiring cord and plug for connecting to internally wired flying helmets, Type C, D and E.  What makes it especially nice is this example is fitted with the gauze anti-moisture shield, secured in place wit its spring-bar clip. A couple of vey small chips in the bakelite backing plate of the microphone which do not affect the mask in any way (and would not be seen if installed in a mask). Otherwise, microphone retains 95%+ of black painted finish, clean cord and plug.

$55 / £45 / €52

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RAF oxygen mask microphone Type 48 fitted with gauze anti-moisture shield

RAF oxygen mask microphone Type 48 fitted with gauze anti-moisture shield

RAF oxygen mask microphone Type 48 fitted with gauze anti-moisture shield

RAF oxygen mask microphone Type 48 fitted with gauze anti-moisture shield

RAF oxygen mask microphone Type 48 fitted with gauze anti-moisture shield

RAF oxygen mask microphone Type 48 fitted with gauze anti-moisture shield

RAF oxygen mask microphone Type 48 fitted with gauze anti-moisture shield

RAF oxygen mask microphone Type 48 fitted with gauze anti-moisture shield

AAF HS-38 headset for flying helmet, unissued in box with instruction sheet.

Very hard to find HS-38 headset for use in the USAAF A-11, A-10A, AN-H-16 and AN-H-15 flying helmets - as well as the RAF Type C. Unissued, unused and still packed in its original box, labeled Shure Bros. Chicago. Comprises the braided Y-cord wiring loom with a pair of ANB-H-1 receivers and red PL-354 single-pin plug - plus the instruction sheet for installing in the helmet. Box is a little creased but intact and headset is in perfect condition.

$195 / £155 / €185

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AAF HS-38 headset for flying helmet, unissued in box.

AAF HS-38 headset for flying helmet, unissued in box.

AAF HS-38 headset for flying helmet, unissued in box.

AAF HS-38 headset for flying helmet, unissued in box.

AAF HS-38 headset for flying helmet, unissued in box.

AAF HS-38 headset for flying helmet, unissued in box.

AAF HS-38 headset for flying helmet, unissued in box.

AAF HS-38 headset for flying helmet, unissued in box.

US Navy rubber ear cups for radio headset.

 

Similar to the TC-66 receiver cups (which were produced in black rubber like these , as well as red and grey). Outer section is pliable pneumatic rubber and inside is soft sponge rubber. These are unmarked and slightly larger than the TC-66 cups so designed for a different receiver. Whether for aviation use or ship-board radios i have no idea. they are in excellent condition, totally pliable.

$55 / £45 / €52

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US Navy rubber ear cups for headset

US Navy rubber ear cups for headset

US Navy rubber ear cups for headset

US Navy rubber ear cups for headset

US Navy rubber ear cups for headset

US Navy rubber ear cups for headset

RAF flying helmet aircraft plug  adaptor/tester.

RAF aircraft plug adaptor/tester. For testing the communications system in a flying helmet. The bell-shaped plug goes into the large bakelite female socket and then the smaller male plug goes into a test unit to check the system. 

$45 / £36 / €43  

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RAF aircraft plug adaptor/tester

RAF aircraft plug adaptor/tester

RAF aircraft plug adaptor/tester

RAF aircraft plug adaptor/tester

Luftwaffe flying helmet communications extension cable.

 

I metre extension cable for the Luftwaffe 4-pin  flying helmet plug as fitted on the LKpS-100, LKpW-100, LKpS-101, LKpW-101 and LKpN-101 flying helmets.  This could be used to provide added length to the long cords or for converting the "short" cord helmets into full length types. Excellent condition, with no breaks or damage and good bakelite plug connectors.

$225 / £180 / €212

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Luftwaffe flying helmet communications extension cable.

Luftwaffe flying helmet communications extension cable.

Luftwaffe flying helmet communications extension cable.

Luftwaffe flying helmet communications extension cable.

Luftwaffe flying helmet communications extension cable.

Luftwaffe flying helmet communications extension cable.

WWII  RAF wiring loom for the type of headset worn in the Ops room by controllers and plotters.

 

Comprises a good length of standard braided wiring, medium brown with a light brown fleck, same as fitted to flying helmets (not sure of exact length because it is coiled and secured) with connections for a plug at one end, then two leads for a single telephone receiver and one for a microphone (contacts actually broken off, but could be replaced). Appears unused. .

$65 / £52 / €62

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Unknown wiring loom 1.

Unknown wiring loom 1.

Unknown wiring loom 1.

Unknown wiring loom 1.

Unknown WWI period RAF wiring loom.

 

Approximately 3 ft. length of braided wiring, of the same as fitted to RAF flying helmets, medium brown, with 5 pole type connectors at one end, and 5 matching coiled loop type connectors at the other end. Most probably for some aircraft fitting, but could also be for a table lamp in the officer's mess! Unused and could perhaps be fashioned into a representation of a helmet wiring loom for display or re-enactment.

$45 / £28 / €33    Note: 2 available

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Unknown wiring loom 2.

Unknown wiring loom 2.

Unknown wiring loom 2.

Unknown wiring loom 2.

AAF / RAF ANB-H-1 receivers / pair.

 

Matching pair of AAF ANB-H-1 flying helmet receivers (also used by the RAF - ANB stands for "Army, Navy, British" in US parlance). In excellent used condition. Like all communications equipment, getting harder and harder to find on the loose and essentail for completing a flying helmet. Well marked and manufactured by Shure Bros.

$65 / £52  €62  

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AAF aircrew mask or throat microphone lead extension.

Rubber coated extension lead with 2-pin female socket at one end and single pin male plug on the other. Nice accessory in excellent condition.

$45 / £28 / €33  

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AAF mic. lead extension

AAF mic. lead extension

AAF mic. lead extension

AAF mic. lead extension

British Army tank crew and RN Fleet Air Arm throat mic. No.2 Mk II

 

Contracted by the Army for use in armoured vehicles, the No. 2 Mk II throat microphone was also adopted by the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm for use in low level aircraft such as the Swordfish. This example appears unissued and is still in its original box. Minor oxidation but no damage and cable is completely pliable. Wired for Army vehicle radio as manufactured - for FAA aircraft use, the single pin plug would have been replaced by a rigger with a 2-pin female aircraft radio jack. Note: the RAF did NOT issue or use throat microphones during WWII - only the Army and Fleet Air Arm. Unusual to find one in such good condition and boxed.

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Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

WWII Canadian Radio Receivers (pair) wire headband attached.

 

Nice pair of what I believe to be Candian made radio receivers of the type used in Armoured Crew helmets, still attached to their wire headband. No wiring and no canvas headband, but the paxolin insulation piece is present. Useful for completing a display. I do not believe these were used in aircraft but it is possible they may have been used by a morse operator.

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WWII Canadian radio receivers

WWII Canadian radio receivers

WWII Canadian radio receivers

WWII Canadian radio receivers

WWII Canadian radio receivers

WWII Canadian radio receivers

AAF (Signal Corps) radio headset adapter M-385-A (High-low Impedance switch).

While the RAF used a large lozenge shaped metal switch box in the middle of the wiring loom for high-low impedance, the USAAF version was a smaller, lighter plug-jack adapter. This example is unissued, still in its box, complete with instruction sheet. The first I have ever seen. Scarce accessory.

 

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AAF headset adapter M-385A

AAF headset adapter M-385A

AAF headset adapter M-385A

AAF headset adapter M-385A

AAF headset adapter M-385A

AAF headset adapter M-385A

AAF headset adapter M-385A

AAF headset adapter M-385A

AAF headset adapter M-385A

AAF headset adapter M-385A

AAF headset adapter M-385A

AAF headset adapter M-385A

AAF headset adapter M-385A

AAF headset adapter M-385A

US Navy headset receiver pads.

 

Hard black rubber noise-attenuating ​earcups lined with chamois donuts, model NAF-48490-1 for attaching to the ANB-H-1A receivers when fitted to a headband. These were also used on flying helmets and in some cases M-450 helmets were modified by cementing these in place or sewing them using a border of chamois. Matched pair.

(A few pairs available).

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USN receiver headset pads, pair

USN receiver headset pads, pair

USN receiver headset pads, pair

USN receiver headset pads, pair