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A SELECTION OF  RECENT SALES

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RAF / USN aircrew radio headset adaptor.

Radio plug adaptor for enabling a RAF "bell" plug to connect to a USN aircraft radio. Converts the RAF plug to a USN jack plug. With is, a crewman wearing a a RAF or Fleet Air Arm flying helmet could plug into the radio communications in a USN aircraft. Since Fleet Air Arm pilots  flew Corsairs, TBM Avengers, Hellcats, Wildcats and others this would be quite a useful piece of equipment!

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RAF / USN aircrew radio headset adaptor

RAF / USN aircrew radio headset adaptor

RAF / USN aircrew radio headset adaptor

RAF / USN aircrew radio headset adaptor

RAF / USN aircrew radio headset adaptor

RAF / USN aircrew radio headset adaptor

RAF / USN aircrew radio headset adaptor

RAF / USN aircrew radio headset adaptor

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups.

Absolutely superb example of an early war AAF issue B-5 winter flying helmet - type worn by both fighter pilots and bomber crews from 1941-1943 when the A-11 was first issued. Brown coated shearling/fleece with leather reinforced seams, leather chin cup and open-ended leather earcups for fitting R-14 receivers (HS-18 wiring loom) and later the ANB-H-1 receivers (HS-38 wiring). Condition is outstanding with no signs of cracking or drying. One tiny nick in the edge of the left earcup opening and the spec. label has been partially cut (probably to avoid trouble with "ownership" by the Army) but still clearly reads B-5. Nice thick shearling lining. Size medium and fits a standard male feature head comfortably for display. B-5 helmets are actually quite scarce and this one would be very hard to upgrade.

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AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

AAF B-5 flying helmet with sewn earcups

WWII French all-purpose/flying goggles.

 

Excellent pair of French flying goggles from the 1930s and early WWII period. Lightweight alloy frames with white sponge rubber cushions, celluloid lenses and gret elastic strap. Almost unissued condition: the sponge rubber pads are perfect, soft and pliable with no stickiness or hardness. Lenses are marked "non-inflammable" and are slightly yellowed with age. Elastic strap still has good stretch to it. 

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WWII French all-purpose/flying goggles

WWII French all-purpose/flying goggles

WWII French all-purpose/flying goggles

WWII French all-purpose/flying goggles

WWII French all-purpose/flying goggles

WWII French all-purpose/flying goggles

WWII French all-purpose/flying goggles

WWII French all-purpose/flying goggles

Canadian Army headset for armoured vehicles (also used in some aircraft).

 

Headset comprises a heavy wire headband fited with two receivers and a length of braided electronic wiring connected to a single pin plug. Identical to the British Army headset but Canadian made. Primarily used in armour vehicles but also worn by pilots and aircrews in Army Co-operation aircraft such as the Lysander for special ops. Great condition.

 

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Canadian Army headset for armoured vehicles (also used in some aircraft)

Canadian Army headset for armoured vehicles (also used in some aircraft)

Canadian Army headset for armoured vehicles (also used in some aircraft)

Canadian Army headset for armoured vehicles (also used in some aircraft)

Canadian Army headset for armoured vehicles (also used in some aircraft)

Canadian Army headset for armoured vehicles (also used in some aircraft)

Canadian Army headset for armoured vehicles (also used in some aircraft)

Canadian Army headset for armoured vehicles (also used in some aircraft)

British Army Mk II throat mic converted to Fleet Air Arm use.

 

Laryngaphone (throat microphone) Mk II - British Army issue to tank/armoured vehicle crews and also to Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm aircrews, modified by switching the single-pin plug jack for a two-pin female plug for connecting to an internally wired flying helmet. Excellent condition.

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Army throat mic converted to Fleet Air Arm use

Army throat mic converted to Fleet Air Arm use

Army throat mic converted to Fleet Air Arm use

Army throat mic converted to Fleet Air Arm use

Army throat mic converted to Fleet Air Arm use

Army throat mic converted to Fleet Air Arm use

Army throat mic converted to Fleet Air Arm use

Army throat mic converted to Fleet Air Arm use

Great War Death Notice and Scroll for a soldier of the London Regiment .

 

Still in its original mailing tube, with canceled penny-ha'penny stamp affixed. The 8" long cardboard tube contains the beautifully engraved and illuminated death scroll along with the message from King George V. It also contains the official letter to the family informing them of the burial of their son. Very poignant and a sad reminder of what a great waste the war was. A great piece of history well worth researching.

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Great War Death Notice and Scroll for a soldier of the London Regiment

Great War Death Notice and Scroll for a soldier of the London Regiment

Great War Death Notice and Scroll for a soldier of the London Regiment

Great War Death Notice and Scroll for a soldier of the London Regiment

Great War Death Notice and Scroll for a soldier of the London Regiment

Great War Death Notice and Scroll for a soldier of the London Regiment

Great War Death Notice and Scroll for a soldier of the London Regiment

Great War Death Notice and Scroll for a soldier of the London Regiment

Great War Death Notice and Scroll for a soldier of the London Regiment

Great War Death Notice and Scroll for a soldier of the London Regiment

Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson. First edition, second printing, 1946.

 

One of the great classic war memoirs, by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC. DSO, DFC, leader of 617 Squadron "Dambusters" which tells the story of the dams raid and his other missions. sadly Gibson was killed before the book was published. This is a first edition, second printing, dated May, 1946. Book is in overall good condition, with some foxing but solid binding. Two newspaper clippings about 617 squadron visiting the USA pasted inside and owner's name written neatly. Dust jacket is faded in places, edge worn with tears and about 50% missing from spine area. Still a good, early edition.

 

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Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson. First edition, second printing, 1946

Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson. First edition, second printing, 1946

Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson. First edition, second printing, 1946

Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson. First edition, second printing, 1946

Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson. First edition, second printing, 1946

Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson. First edition, second printing, 1946

Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson. First edition, second printing, 1946

Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson. First edition, second printing, 1946

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down!

Absolutely lovely Type B helmet by the original contracted manufacturer, B. Sterling, dated 1939. Immaculate condition, looks like it may have been worn once or twice only: the leather is impeccable and the lining is bright and clean. The zipped receiver housings have been correctly installed, with the holes nicely finished out, but never sewn down around the edge. There was a name written inside which has been blanked out, and it has a good label and beatifully crisp A-crown-M with stores ref. embossed on the outer left side. AID ink stamp inside as well. Complete with leather pullers, metal "V"-tip on chin strap, both Bennett's buckles with complete leather covering (actually maker marked "Bennett"). Press studs still have 100% brown coating. Size 2 (medium) but quite generously sized. Just a superb helmet.

 

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RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Type B helmet by Sterling, 1939 dated - complete but receiver housings have never been sewn down

RAF Beadon Survival Flying Suit.

Very good example of the  late war RAF Lightweight Flying Suit, popularly known as the Beadon suit, after the pilot who inspired its design and development, primarily for use by aircrews flying over the jungles in the Far East. The suit had numerous built-in pockets and flaps, each intended to hold a specific item of survival or escape/evasion equipment. One of the items included was a back pack into which all the items could be transferred after landing for ease of portability and access. The suit was made of lightweight grey cotton and had concealed knitted cuffs and a knitted collar to keep mosquitoes out. This example is in very good condition - far better than most. All zips are in good working order as are the press studs, though one of two press stud covers have detached. There are some very small snags under the left arm which do not show when on display or if worn and the collar has a few moth nips but nothing serious. The knit cuffs are perfect. Integral belt is included. Suit is overall clean and displays well.

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RAF Beadon survival flying suit

RAF Beadon survival flying suit

RAF Beadon survival flying suit

RAF Beadon survival flying suit

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WWII US Army or Navy  "rigger made" bandolier for 13 rounds .

 

No marking whatsoever but this looks like US Navy to me. Heavy canvas "rigger made" bandolier fits on a waistbelt or shoulder strap and holds 13 rounds (obviously not a superstitious man!). Looks like it would fit .38 cal. Great accessory.

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US "rigger made" bandolier for 13 rounds

US "rigger made" bandolier for 13 rounds

US "rigger made" bandolier for 13 rounds

US "rigger made" bandolier for 13 rounds

US "rigger made" bandolier for 13 rounds

US "rigger made" bandolier for 13 rounds

US "rigger made" bandolier for 13 rounds

US "rigger made" bandolier for 13 rounds

AAF / USN AN6550 cotton flight suit in unissued condition.

 

Excellent example of this mid-late war flight suit available to both AAF and USN aviators. Produced in fairly heavy cotton in a khaki/OD colour with a zip fastened front and button tabs fro tightening the ankles, plus two button flapped breast pockets and two button flapped thigh pockets. It was a simplified design for a flight suit which proved popular. This example is in just about perfect condition and appears to have never been issued or worn. The fabric is bright, not faded, and shows no wear. Integral belt is present, Talon zip works perfectly and it is a decent size 40 Medium. Nice label inside.

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AAF / USN AN6550 cotton flight suit in unissued condition

AAF / USN AN6550 cotton flight suit in unissued condition

AAF / USN AN6550 cotton flight suit in unissued condition

AAF / USN AN6550 cotton flight suit in unissued condition

AAF / USN AN6550 cotton flight suit in unissued condition

AAF / USN AN6550 cotton flight suit in unissued condition

AAF / USN AN6550 cotton flight suit in unissued condition

AAF / USN AN6550 cotton flight suit in unissued condition

RAF Type 48 microphone for the E, E* and G oxygen mask.

Unissued Type 48 microphone for the Type E, E* and G oxygen mask in unissued condition, complete with stores  inspection tag. Fitted with the wire gauze anti-moisture (spit) screen and the clip which secures it in position. No wear or damage, 100% original paint and all rubber in great shape.

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RAF Type 48 microphone for the E, E* and G oxygen mask

RAF Type 48 microphone for the E, E* and G oxygen mask

RAF Type 48 microphone for the E, E* and G oxygen mask

RAF Type 48 microphone for the E, E* and G oxygen mask

RAF Type 48 microphone for the E, E* and G oxygen mask

RAF Type 48 microphone for the E, E* and G oxygen mask

US Navy aviators First Aid / Medical kit complete with contents.

 

Grey-green canvas pouch with white webbing waistbelt and flap covering 6 pockets full of medical supplies. No markings, but the construction is typical WWII US Navy. Lovely set in great condition. Overall size of pack is 13" x 7" .

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US Navy aviators First Aid / Medical kit

US Navy aviators First Aid / Medical kit

US Navy aviators First Aid / Medical kit

US Navy aviators First Aid / Medical kit

US Navy aviators First Aid / Medical kit

US Navy aviators First Aid / Medical kit

US Navy aviators First Aid / Medical kit

US Navy aviators First Aid / Medical kit

RARE early RAF Mk II flying goggles (goggles, flying, lightweight).

Lovely early pair of Mk II goggles (correctly called Goggles, Flying, Lightweight to distinguish them from the  Mk II goggle mask they replaced). I believe this to be an early production of these rare and stylish goggles, because they use the polished, hinged frames of the Mk II goggle mask (which screw together at the edges) fitted with the leather covered spring strap and brown silk eye-surrounds plus Triplex marked clear laminated lenses. The eye-cups are trimmed with velvet rather than chenille. Frames marked "Made in England" as is common on the early Mk II goggle mask. Excellent condition with some very minor period sewn repairs on the strap. Springs are still strong and no tears or damage to leather or fabric. 

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RARE early RAF Mk II flying goggles (goggles, flying, lightweight)

RARE early RAF Mk II flying goggles (goggles, flying, lightweight)

RARE early RAF Mk II flying goggles (goggles, flying, lightweight)

RARE early RAF Mk II flying goggles (goggles, flying, lightweight)

RARE early RAF Mk II flying goggles (goggles, flying, lightweight)

RARE early RAF Mk II flying goggles (goggles, flying, lightweight)

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RARE early RAF Mk II flying goggles (goggles, flying, lightweight)

RARE early RAF Mk II flying goggles (goggles, flying, lightweight)

RARE early RAF Mk II flying goggles (goggles, flying, lightweight)

RARE early RAF Mk II flying goggles (goggles, flying, lightweight)

RARE early RAF Mk II flying goggles (goggles, flying, lightweight)

RARE early RAF Mk II flying goggles (goggles, flying, lightweight)

RAF Type D helmet, wired SEFTON replica.

Absolutely outstanding reproduction of this distinctive and quite hard-to-find WWII flying helmet issued to RAF pilots and aircrews in desert and tropical regions. Produced in a size 3 (large) and stamped with the stores ref. no. 22c/971 along with the A-crown-M property mark, the helmet is a near perfect copy of a original. The cotton drill fabric is perhaps a shade lighter than an original, but the satin lining and chamois pads are an exact match. The helmet is wired with a genuine original wiring loom and plugs, with resin cast copies of Type 16 receivers. Sefton quality is well known — they supplied similar helmets for "Masters of the Air" (worn by Tuskegee Airmen) and "Red Tails." This is a remarkable helmet in impeccable condition.  See also the Sefton E* oxygen mask (pictured) which is the perfect companion available separately.

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RAF Type D helmet, wired SEFTON replica

RAF Type D helmet, wired SEFTON replica

RAF Type D helmet, wired SEFTON replica

RAF Type D helmet, wired SEFTON replica

RAF Type D helmet, wired SEFTON replica

RAF Type D helmet, wired SEFTON replica

RAF Type D helmet, wired SEFTON replica

RAF Type D helmet, wired SEFTON replica

RAF Type D helmet, wired SEFTON replica

RAF Type D helmet, wired SEFTON replica

RAF Type D helmet, wired SEFTON replica

RAF Type D helmet, wired SEFTON replica

RAF/Army MT goggles modified with strap suitable for use as flying goggles.

Very interesting pair of early goggles as issued to Motor Transport drivers, with yellow lenses for cutting through haze and dust storms. Photographs show these goggles in use by RAF pilots and crews, which I have read was permitted if the goggles were fitted with a more robust strap. I have also seen this same type of strap fitted on Luxor goggles. A rare find.

 

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RAF/Army MT goggles modified with strap suitable for use as flying goggles

RAF/Army MT goggles modified with strap suitable for use as flying goggles

RAF/Army MT goggles modified with strap suitable for use as flying goggles

RAF/Army MT goggles modified with strap suitable for use as flying goggles

RAF/Army MT goggles modified with strap suitable for use as flying goggles

RAF/Army MT goggles modified with strap suitable for use as flying goggles

RAF/Army MT goggles modified with strap suitable for use as flying goggles

RAF/Army MT goggles modified with strap suitable for use as flying goggles

RAF Type E* oxygen mask replica by SEFTON.

Superb reproduction of the hard-to-find RAF Type E* mask by Sefton.

Moulded in black rubber and with all original hardware and fittings, including the strap, maleable nose plate, intake valve, side valve and a wired Type 48 microphone. Perfect, unused condition and be an ideal companion for the Type D helmet listed above. More stable modern rubber will not deteriorate like originals.

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RAF Type E* oxygen mask replica by SEFTON

RAF Type E* oxygen mask replica by SEFTON

RAF Type E* oxygen mask replica by SEFTON

RAF Type E* oxygen mask replica by SEFTON

RAF Type E* oxygen mask replica by SEFTON

RAF Type E* oxygen mask replica by SEFTON

RAF Type E* oxygen mask replica by SEFTON

RAF Type E* oxygen mask replica by SEFTON

RAF Type E* oxygen mask replica by SEFTON

RAF Type E* oxygen mask replica by SEFTON

RAF Type E* oxygen mask replica by SEFTON

RAF Type E* oxygen mask replica by SEFTON

RARE AAF A-10M (A-10 Modified) oxygen mask.

The A-10 oxygen mask went through several incarnations during its short but busy life. The first model was a cumbersome piece of equipment which required hooks on the helmet or a "Juliet" strap similar to the A-9. As new helmets were developed with snaps and a flat hook, the need for a new mask became apparent. As an interim design, existing stocks of A-10s were factory modified by cutting the facepiece down and replacing the complicated harness with two short webbing straps that could attach to the helmet with snaps and a flat ring. This design evolved ito the A-10 Revised (new moulds) and eventually the A-10A. These modified A-10 masks are  extremely difficult to find. Rubber is in excellent condition and the nose-wire is present and fixed, through the central securing lug is slightly misshapen. There is one tiny area on the chin of the mask (about 1/4-inch) where the rubber has stiffened very slightly— otheriwse this is in superb condition.

 

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RARE AAF A-10M (Modified) oxygen mask

RARE AAF A-10M (Modified) oxygen mask

RARE AAF A-10M (Modified) oxygen mask

RARE AAF A-10M (Modified) oxygen mask

RARE AAF A-10M (Modified) oxygen mask

RARE AAF A-10M (Modified) oxygen mask

RARE AAF A-10M (Modified) oxygen mask

RARE AAF A-10M (Modified) oxygen mask

RARE AAF A-10M (Modified) oxygen mask

RARE AAF A-10M (Modified) oxygen mask

RARE AAF A-10M (Modified) oxygen mask

RARE AAF A-10M (Modified) oxygen mask

Complete AAF Polaroid 1065 (B-8) goggles kit in excellent condition.

Absolutely superb set of B-8 goggles, as issued, in well-marked leatherette box containing extra lenses in a cotton pouch plus instruction booklet. The extra lenses are very slightly warped but still wrapped in original paper. 2 x amber; 2 x clear; 4 x green. Goggles are marked Polaroid 1065 on front and B-8 / Property AAF to the side. These are in unissued condition, soft and pliable with immaculate chamois backing and good strap retaining elasticity.  These would be very difficult to upgrade.

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RAF Sidcot suit quilted liner in excellent condition.

Very good, clean and undamaged example of the brow rayon quilted liner issued with the 1940 and Pattern Sidcot suit, also worn with the earlier 1930 Pattern. There is also photographic evidence that it was frequently worn on its own, without the outer suit.  No fading or wear is evident even though it shows two names on the Air Ministry label and an ink-stamped name corresponding to one of the names. All zips in excellent working order. DOT branded zips suggest this is an early production suit. These are actually quite hard to find in good condition, because over the years, they have been ravaged for their zips to use in restoration of other items. This is an excellent suit – it would be hard to find better.

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RAF Sidcot suit quilted liner

RAF Sidcot suit quilted liner

RAF Sidcot suit quilted liner

RAF Sidcot suit quilted liner

RAF Sidcot suit quilted liner

RAF Sidcot suit quilted liner

RAF Sidcot suit quilted liner

RAF Sidcot suit quilted liner

RAF Sidcot suit quilted liner

RAF Sidcot suit quilted liner

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