SALES May 2021

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Superb RAF Type B Helmet, large size 3, dated 1939.

An absolutely superb RAF Type B flying helmet in excellent condition, showing  very light use, in a desirable size 3 and dated 1939, making it perfect for the Battle of Britain display. The leather is in excellent condition, soft and supple, as is the chamois lining. Retains both telephone holders inside the zipped ear pieces, and in common with many of this time period, one telephone holder is rubber and the other is bakelite. The earpieces are padded with original NOS RCAF marked sponge cushions. Helmet also retains both leather pullers, metal "V" tip on chinstrap and full leather covering on both Bennetts buckles (both of which are marked "Bennetts" indicating early production). Even the press studs/snaps retain 90-95% of their brown lacquered finish. Overall this helmet would be very difficult to upgrade.

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RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

RAF Type B Helmet, size 3 dated 1939

WWII RAF aircraft gauge with test date 9/45.

 

Air Ministry marked pressure gauge, 2.5" (6cm) in diameter, with RAF stores ref. number and handwritten testing date of 9/45 o dial. It's actually an auto controls pressure gauge, probably from a Lancaster. The bomb aimer would take control of the aircraft shortly before the target.  Ideal for building an instrument panel and very good condition.

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RAF aircraft gauge dated 9/45

RAF aircraft gauge dated 9/45

RAF aircraft gauge dated 9/45

RAF aircraft gauge dated 9/45

RAF aircraft gauge dated 9/45

RAF aircraft gauge dated 9/45

RAF aircraft gauge dated 9/45

RAF aircraft gauge dated 9/45

RAF aircraft gauge dated 9/45

RAF aircraft gauge dated 9/45

WWII RAF Prismatic Gunsight Type G1.

An early experimental gunsight used in conjunction with a gyro on some early fighters including the Spitfire, as well as many turret mounted guns. Very good condition and great Air Ministry mark with A-crown-M and dated 1940, this is in good condition with reasonably clean optics, (though there is a small hairline crack in the glass, which does not affect its function). An interesting item to display alongside the much larger and more popular reflector gunsight.

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RAF Prismatic Gunsight Type G1

RAF Prismatic Gunsight Type G1

RAF Prismatic Gunsight Type G1

RAF Prismatic Gunsight Type G1

RAF Prismatic Gunsight Type G14

RAF Prismatic Gunsight Type G14

RAF Prismatic Gunsight Type G1

RAF Prismatic Gunsight Type G1

RAF Prismatic Gunsight Type G1

RAF Prismatic Gunsight Type G1

RAF multi-place dinghy rescue kite for raising "Gibson Girl" transmitter antenna.

 

RAF box kit, still in its storage tube and complete with its line. The kite was issued with the multi-place dinghy and was intended to be flown in order to raise the antenna for the "Gibson Girl" transmitter. Storage case has some rust stains, but nothing serious. Kite appears to be in perfect condition - I did not want to remove it completely in case I cannot get it back in!

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RAF multi-place dinghy kite for carrying transmitter antenna

RAF multi-place dinghy kite for carrying transmitter antenna

RAF multi-place dinghy kite for carrying transmitter antenna

RAF multi-place dinghy kite for carrying transmitter antenna

RAF multi-place dinghy kite for carrying transmitter antenna

RAF multi-place dinghy kite for carrying transmitter antenna

Early wartime RAF external wiring for the B helmet/ Type 19, Type 21 or Type 25 microphone.

Early external wiring loom as used on The Type B and early Type C helmets in conjunction with the first electromagnetic microphones, Type 19, 21 and 25. This is the early "fat" type cord (not twisted) with a tan braided covering. Though complete with its bell plug and wiring connection loops for  receivers and microphone, the cord is sadly not on the best condition. The braided covering has several worn and frayed areas. There doesn't appear to be any damage to the wiring so the problems are mostly cosmetic and could perhaps be tidied up by coiling the cord and whipping the exposed areas with cotton thread. Still a rare find and priced according to its condition.

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Early wartime RAF external wiring for the B helmet/ Type 19, Type 21 or Type 25 microphone

Early wartime RAF external wiring for the B helmet/ Type 19, Type 21 or Type 25 microphone

Early wartime RAF external wiring for the B helmet/ Type 19, Type 21 or Type 25 microphone

Early wartime RAF external wiring for the B helmet/ Type 19, Type 21 or Type 25 microphone

Early wartime RAF external wiring for the B helmet/ Type 19, Type 21 or Type 25 microphone

Early wartime RAF external wiring for the B helmet/ Type 19, Type 21 or Type 25 microphone

Early wartime RAF external wiring for the B helmet/ Type 19, Type 21 or Type 25 microphone

Early wartime RAF external wiring for the B helmet/ Type 19, Type 21 or Type 25 microphone

Early wartime RAF external wiring for the B helmet/ Type 19, Type 21 or Type 25 microphone

Early wartime RAF external wiring for the B helmet/ Type 19, Type 21 or Type 25 microphone

RAF Beadon flying suit with extremely rare silk scarf still attached.

One of the best examples of this excellent flying/survival suit I have come across. Introduced late in the war primarily for the Pacific/Far East theatre, the suit was constructed of lightweight cotton with numerous pockets each designed to hold survival / evasion aids. One of its features almost always missing, is the silk scarf which was attached to the neck of the suit and tucked inside an internal flap. This example still has its scarf attached! Overall the suit shows only very light use and is slightly grubby, with a light stain on one leg (looks worse in the photos than in real life). All zips work perfectly and are marked "DOT  Made in England". The knitted wool cuffs are undamaged and there are only one or two very minor snags to the knitted wool collar. Never a common item, these suits are now quite difficult to source and this is the first example I have ever come across with its scarf.

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RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Beadon flying suit with rare silk scarf still attached

RAF Mk VII flying goggles, early issue with leather strap.

Very good pair of Mk VII flying goggles, with ultramarine blue painted brass frames, leather and chamois cushions and early leather strap with Newey press stud fastener and spring connectors. Frame shows slight dings and ripples but retains its shape well, the white painted nuts good and tight. 95%+ original blue paint and correct lenses with blue frames. Overall a very nice example of these god looking goggles which are getting difficult to find these days.

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RAF Mk VII goggles, early issue with leather strap.

RAF Mk VII goggles, early issue with leather strap.

RAF Mk VII goggles, early issue with leather strap.

RAF Mk VII goggles, early issue with leather strap.

RAF Mk VII goggles, early issue with leather strap.

RAF Mk VII goggles, early issue with leather strap.

RAF Mk VII goggles, early issue with leather strap.

RAF Mk VII goggles, early issue with leather strap.

RAF Mk VII goggles, early issue with leather strap.

RAF Mk VII goggles, early issue with leather strap.

RAF wartime other ranks knitted wool gloves.

Wartime RAF issue woolen gloves for other ranks. These are the type that were made by housewives who joined the "RAF Comforts Committee" and provided knitted clothing including jumpers, scarves, balaclava hoods and these gloves for serving airmen. Unissued condition with a few small holes which could be darned or left as is for display.

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RAF WWII woolen issue gloves

RAF WWII woolen issue gloves

RAF WWII woolen issue gloves

RAF WWII woolen issue gloves

RAF WWII woolen issue gloves

RAF WWII woolen issue gloves

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.

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WWI WRAF original photo

WWI WRAF original photo

WWI WRAF original photo

WWI WRAF original photo

WWII RAF Radio Operator/Mechanic badgefor other ranks' KD / tropical uniform.

Radio Operator/Mechanic badge for other ranks tropical KD uniform. Both unused in excellent condition.Red and black silk embroidered on melton wool.

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RAF Radio Operator's badge for other ranks KD uniform

RAF Radio Operator's badge for other ranks KD uniform

RAF Radio Operator's badge for other ranks KD uniform

RAF Radio Operator's badge for other ranks KD uniform

RFC pilot wings from old TV production "Wings".

 

Lovely set of Royal Flying Corps pilot wings.  Very authentic looking, but the lovely silk embroidery is on black felt rather than a fine wool background. According to Warren Carrol's excellent reference, this pattern was made for the 1970s BBC TV series "Wings" starring Tim Woodward and Nicholas Jones (see screen shot attached). They even have the correct paper backing. Lovely set - with interest and value based on their actual on screen use.

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RFC pilot wings from old TV production

RFC pilot wings from old TV production

RFC pilot wings from old TV production

RFC pilot wings from old TV production

Still from "Wings"

Still from "Wings"

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